An examination of key moments in the history of the Louvre (March 3) and an overview of the career of prize-winning crime novelist Pierre Lemaitre (March 23) are among many scheduled events.

NYU's La Maison Francaise house

Events at New York University’s Maison Française in March, 2015, will range from an examination of key moments in the history of the Louvre (March 3) to an overview of the career of prize-winning crime novelist Pierre Lemaitre (March 23), and from discussion of a writer's challenge in the face of catastrophe (March 5) to a tribute to Antoinette Fouque, co-founder of the women's liberation movement in France (March 10). A conference on Literature and the Press explores the role of new media from the 19th to the 21st century. All events are open to the public and free of charge unless otherwise indicated. La Maison Française is located at 16 Washington Mews, New York, NY (212.998.8750). See website for complete description of Maison Française events:

Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Building the Louvre
Speakers will examine several key moments in the history of the Louvre, a site where art, literature, history, and politics interact.

PATRICK BRAY, Ohio State University


MARKUS CRUSE, Arizona State University

MAGGIE FLYNN, Ohio State University


Thursday, March 5, 7:00 p.m.

Écrire la catastrophe


Professor, French Studies, Chuo University, Tokyo; novelist; essayist; recipient of 2012 Prix

Edouard Glissant; author of Tokyo, petits portraits de l’aube (Prix Littéraire de l’Asie); Fukushima, récit d'un désastr

in conversation with


Associate teacher, Departments of Cinema Studies and Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU; author of Zen Landscapes; Métaphysique de la miette; Varieties of Audio Mimesis: Musical Evocations of Landscape

In French.

Friday, March 6, 9:30-5:15 p.m.

Institute of French Studies Conference

Literature and the Press (19th-21st centuries): New Media, New Stakes, New Challenges

In French and English

9:30 a.m.: Introduction

Ed Berenson (NYU) and Marie-Eve Thérenty (Université de Montpellier)

9:45-11:15 a.m.:The petite presse

Patricia Mainardi (CUNY)

The Invention of the Illustrated Press in France

Alain Vaillant (Université Paris-Ouest-Nanterre)

La modernité, invention médiatique”

Moderated by Claudie Bernard (NYU)

11:30-1:00 p.m.: Women and Journalism

Rachel Mesch (Yeshiva College)

Belle Epoque Women’s Magazines through the Prism of American Cultural Studies

Marie-Eve Thérenty (Université de Montpellier)

Journalistes scandaleuses dans les années 1930

Moderated by Stéphane Gerson (NYU)

2:00-3:30 p.m.: International Journalistic Circulations

Guillaume Pinson (Université Laval)

Le système francophone de l’information au XIXe siècle

Catherine Nesci (UCSB)

Berlin/Paris: feuilleton, reportage et modernités critiques (1840-1930)

Moderated by Vincent Debaene (Columbia University)

3:45-5:15 p.m.: New Media and Journalism

Elizabeth Emery (Montclair State University)

The Performance of Authorial Intimacy in the Age of InformationTechnology

Adeline Wrona (Université Paris-Sorbonne, Celsa)

Chroniquer la justice, entre presse, littérature et journal intime: les blogs de journalistes judiciaires, réinvention du fait divers?

Moderated by Frédéric Viguier (NYU)

Organized by Marie-Eve Thérenty

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Institute of French Studies, RIRRA21 Research Center (Université de Montpellier) and medias19

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m.

Book Event

There Are Two Sexes: On the Thought and Commitments of Antoinette Fouque

Antoinette Fouque (1936-2014) co-founded the Mouvement de Libération des Femmes (MLF) in France in 1968 and spearheaded its Psychanalyse et Politique research group. A psychoanalyst and director of research at the Université de Paris VIII, she was the author of Gravidanza; Qui êtes-vous, Antoinette Fouque? and Génésique, among other works. There Are Two Sexes: Essays in Feminology, a collection of Fouque’s essays, lectures, and dialogues in English translation, has been published this season by Columbia University Press.

Sylvina Boissonnas is an activist in the Women's Liberation Movement and an architect. She has been involved with the Psychanalyse et Politique research group since 1970, and is the editor of There Are Two Sexes. She co-edited Generation MLF 1968-2008.

Michèle Idèls is an activist in the Women's Liberation Movement and a lawyer. She worked with Antoinette Fouque in many fields since 1971, and is one of the authors of the Dictionaire universel des créatrices.

Catherine Perret is professor at the Université de Paris 8 Vincennes Saint Denis and has been director at the Collège International de Philosophie (1995-2001). Her books include L’enseignement de la torture, Réflexions sur Jean Améry; L’objet photographique; and Les porteurs d’ombre, mimésis et modernité.

Anne Deneys-Tunney (moderator) is a professor of French at NYU

Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m.

Institute of French Studies Book Event


Historian; postdoctoral fellow, Oxford; visiting fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; author of Pétain’s Jewish Children: French Jewish Youth and the Vichy Regime, 1940-1942 (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Pétain’s Jewish Children

With comments by:

Valerie Deacon, Elihu Rose Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, New York University

Robert O. Paxton, Mellon Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences, Columbia University

Co-sponsored by the Elihu Rose Lecture Series in Modern Military History, NYU

Thursday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.


Professor of French and Comparative Literature, LMU Munich, Germany; author of Flaubert Postsecular (Stanford University Press, 2015)

Loving, Reading, Eating: Mme. Bovary as a Modern Tragedy

Monday, March 23, 7:00 p.m.

Florence Gould Event

French Literature in the Making


Author; screenwriter; author of Irène; Alex (Prix Polar des lecteurs du Livre de poche; CWA International Dagger award); Au revoir là-haut (Prix Goncourt)

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.

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

Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 p.m.

Co-sponsored with the Institute of French Studies

Book Event


Professor of history, École des hautes;études;en sciences sociales; author of The Other Americans in Paris: Businessmen, Countesses, Wayward Youth, 1880-1941 (University of Chicago Press, 2014).

The Other Americans in Paris: Businessmen, Countesses, Wayward Youth, 1880-1941

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 p.m.


Professor of French,NYU; novelist; author of Les Eaux territoriales; Démon rasssembleur; frothoming: L'Aviso Ville d'Ys and Un long poids de distance

Claude Simon et Proust : du nouveau dans le palimpseste ?

Monday, March 30, 6:30 p.m.

Institute of French Studies Book Event


Political sociologist, CNRS; author of Politics in Private: Love and Convictions in the French Political Consciousness

Politics in Private: Love and Convictions in the French Political Consciousness.

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