Among the offerings: a lecture by Philippe Forest; a concert by Brooklyn Art Song Society; and a conversation between Jean-Pierre Laffont and Shelley Rice on "Photographer’s Paradise: Turbulent America 1960–1990."


In nearly every instance, the cultural events organized by La Maison Française New York University are free and open to the public. Among the many November-December talks and performances are: Philippe Forest's lecture Que peut (encore) la littérature? (in French); a concert given by Brooklyn Art Song Society featuring works by Les Six; and a conversation between Jean-Pierre Laffont and Shelley Rice on the occasion of Laffont's publication of Photographer’s Paradise: Turbulent America 1960–1990 (in English).

La Maison Française will host three more Marguerite Duras Centennial events, including talks by Jean Vallier and Camille Laurens (in French), and an archival film screening with L'Amant, ou le fantasme d'un film, featuring footage which was taken in 1987 during filmed discussions of a never-realized project between Marguerite Duras et Claude Berri to adapt Duras' book of the same title (in French).

La Maison Française is located at 16 Washington Mews (corner of University Place), New York, NY 10003, and can be reached at 212.998.8750, or Visit online at .

November/December, 2014:

Thursday, November 6, 7:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the University Seminars Program – Onassis Foundation (USA)
Philosopher, novelist, essayist; author of La Tyrannie de la pénitence: Essai sur le masochisme
occidental (Prix Montaigne); Le Fanatisme de l’Apocalypse
Liberté et destin
In French.

Monday, November 10, 7:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Professor, Université de Nantes; writer, novelist, essayist; author of L’Enfant éternel (Prix Femina); Sarinagara (Prix décembre); Le Chat de Schrödinger
Que peut (encore) la littérature?
Philippe Forest is the co-editor, with Stéphane Audeguy, of La Nouvelle Revue Française. On the fiftieth anniversary of the important conference “Que peut la littérature?” (“What Can Literature Do?”), Forest updates this question, asking contemporary writers “What Can Literature (Still) Do?”
In French.

Tuesday, November 11, 7:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Dept. of German and the Dept. of Comparative Literature
Lazy Suzie: la perspective curieuse
Writer, photographer; author of Quelque chose cloche; Le pré est vénéneux; Lazy Suzie; La plus grande aberration; Amusements de mécanique
in conversation with
Professor of German, Comparative Literature, English, NYU; author of Loser Sons: Politics and Authority; The Uber Reader; The Test Drive
In English.

Thursday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.
Les Six Sampler
Works by Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, Germaine Tailleferre

Justine Aronson, soprano
Michael Brofman, piano
Reservations: 212-998-8750;
Tickets: $10.

Wednesday , November 19, 6:30 p.m.
Institute of French Studies Colloquium
Center for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London; former president, Comité pour la Mémoire et l’Histoire de l’Esclavage (France)
Memories of Slavery and French Public Discourse
In English.

Thursday, November 20, 7:00 p.m.
Florence Gould Event
Marguerite Duras Centennial
Writer, critic, biographer; author of C’était Marguerite Duras, Tome I: 1914–1945; Tome II: 1946–1996
Between Myth and Reality: Autofiction in the Work of Marguerite Duras
In English.

Friday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.
Works by Jacques Ibert, Charles Gounod, Darius Milhaud, Maurice Ravel, and others
Nicholas Evans, bassoon
Sally Frank, flute
Leslie Mantrone, horn
Gary Mayer, clarinet
Troy Messenger, oboe
Reservations: 212-998-8750;
Tickets: $10.

Monday, November 24, 7:00 p.m.

Florence Gould Event
Marguerite Duras Centennial
Archival Film Screening
L’Amant, ou le fantasme d’un film: Marguerite Duras et Claude Berri en 1987
Presented by Olivier Corpet, IMEC
In 1987, the filmmaker Claude Berri and Marguerite Duras imagined a cinematic adaptation of L’Amant. This archival footage of approximately 50 minutes, edited from the filmed discussions of the never-realized project (it was Jean-Jacques Annaud who later made the film, without the participation of Duras), includes readings of passages of the novel by the author, her commentaries on her text, and conversations which elucidate both her complicated relation to her main character and her conception of cinema.
In French.

Monday, December 1, 7:00 p.m.
Florence Gould Event
French Literature in the Making
Writer, poet, critic, editor; author of L’autre Verlaine; Elle, par bonheur et toujours nue; Charlestown Blues
in conversation with
Writer, journalist, television producer and host, Un Livre un jour (France 3 and TV5); author of Je ne suis pas là; Le Fils perdu; Un livre un jour, un livre toujours

In French.
Presented with the additional support of Centre National du Livre, Sofitel, and La Compagnie.

Wednesday, December 3, 6:30 p.m.
Institute of French Studies Colloquium
Professor of History and Modern Jewish Studies, Cornell University; author of Between France and Germany: The Jews of Alsace-Lorraine, 1871–1918
Toward the Christian Republic: Christian Democracy and the Jewish Question on the Eve of the Dreyfus Affair

In English.

Wednesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m.
Florence Gould Event
Marguerite Duras Centennial
Writer; author of Philippe; Dans ces bras-là (Prix Femina); Cet absent-là; Ni toi ni moi; Romance nerveuse
Marguerite Duras: Écrire le désir

In French.

Thursday, December 11, 7:00 p.m.
Book Event
Photojournalist; founding member of Gamma USA and Sygma Photo News; author of Photographer’s Paradise: Turbulent America 1960–1990 (Glitterati, 2014)
in conversation with
Professor, Dept. of Photography and Imaging and Dept. of Art History, NYU; critic; author of Parisian Views; editor,
Inverted Odysseys: Claude Cahun, Maya Deren, Cindy Sherman

Sparked by the desire to be a witness to his time, and driven by his insatiable curiosity, photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont traveled all fifty of the United States, capturing America through some of its most turbulent eras. In this conversation with Shelley Rice, Laffont will discuss his new book, Photographer’s Paradise.

In English.

Thursday, December 16, 6:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored by Departments of French and Comparative LiteratureLecture and Book Event
Alain Badiou, The Age of the Poets: And Other Writings on Twentieth-Century Poetry and Prose (Verso, 2014). Translated by Bruno Bosteels; Preface by Bruno Bosteels and Emily Apter

Professor of Philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Collège International de Philosophie
Literature and Ontology
In English.

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