La Maison Française of New York University offers in April a series of seminars with Michel Contat on Existentialism in Culture, 1943-1955; as well as evenings with authors Christine Angot (April 21) and Sylvie Germain (April 27) and a session devoted to Rabelais studies (April 20).

La Maison Française of New York University offers in April a series of seminars with Michel Contat on Existentialism in Culture, 1943-1955; as well as evenings with authors Christine Angot (April 21) and Sylvie Germain (April 27) and a session devoted to Rabelais studies (April 20).


In early May, Early-Modern Festival Books are the focus of a special presentation (May 5), and La Maison Française will again participate in the PEN WORLD VOICES festival, welcoming author Jean-Christophe Rufin on the afternoon of May 8.


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Special Seminars with Michel Contat


The Florence Gould Lectures

Four Seminars in English



Existentialism in Culture, 1943-1955


I. Philosophy

Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m.:

Seminar - Jean-Paul; Sartre’s Being and Nothingness (1943)

Friday, April 3, 5 p.m.:

Film - Sartre by Himself, directed;by Alexandre Astruc and Michel Contat (1976)


II -Drama

Tuesday, April 7, 5 p.m.:

Film - Death of a Salesman, directed by Alex Segal (1966)

Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m.:

Seminar - Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (1949)

III - Literature

Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m.:

Seminar -Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky (1949)

Friday, April 17, 5 p.m.:

Film - The Sheltering Sky, by Bernardo Bertolucci (1990)


IV -Music

Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m.:

Seminar -Charlie Parker (1920-1955)

Wednesday, April 29, 5 p.m.:

Film - Bird, by Clint Eastwood (1987) and Jammin’, directed by Gjon Mill (1950)


Michel Contat is Emeritus Director of Research at the CNRS, ITEM/CNRS/ENS and a specialist of Jean-Paul Sartre whose novels and theater he has edited in the Pléiade edition and about whom he has written several books. With Alexander Astruc, he made the film Sartre par lui-même (1976) and, with Antoine Burnier, co-wrote the script of Claude Garretta’s TV film Sartre, L’Age des passions (2006). As a journalist, Contat contributed literary columns for Le Monde since 1978, and as an amateur musician, he was the jazz columnist for the magazine Télérama. His most recent books are Pour Sartre (2006) and André Gorz; vers la société libérée (2009).






Monday, April 20, 7 p.m.:

Rabelais’s Game

A Discussion of Michel Beaujour’s Le Jeu de Rabelais


Tom Conley (Harvard University)

François Cornilliat (Rutgers University)

Anne Lake Prescott (Barnard College)

Phillip John Usher (NYU)


Originally published in 1969, Michel Beaujour’s Le Jeu de Rabelais was recently republished in a new and expanded form with a preface by Tom Conley (Paris: L’Herne, 2014). To rediscover thisimportant work and explore its impact on the history of Rabelais studies, scholars from Harvard, Barnard, NYU, and Rutgers will gather for a panel discussion. (In English)



Tuesday, April 21, 7 p.m.:

Florence Gould Event




Writer Christine Angot is the author of eighteen books, including Léonore, toujours; L'Inceste; Pourquoi le Brésil; Les Désaxés (Prix France Culture); Rendez-vous (Prix de Flore); Le Marché des amants; Les Petits; Une Semaine de vacances; and La Petite foule. She has also written for the theater.

Régime de vérité (Lecture in French)




Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m.:

Co-sponsored by Institute of French Studies and CIRHUS



4 Washington Square North, 2nd Floor

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Covering West Africa: Photojournalism in Time of Conflict


Illustrated presentation by JOE PENNEY (photographer and photo editor, Reuters in West and Central Africa; co-founder, and discussion with SUSIE LINFIELD (NYU Carter Journalism Institute; author of The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence);

AZU NWAGBOGU (director, African Artists' Foundation and Lagos Photo festival);

WHITNEY RICHARDSON (photo editor, The New York Times; producer and writer, LENS photography blog)




Monday, April 27, 7 p.m.:

Florence Gould event

French Literature in the Making



Writer; novelist; author of Le Livre des nuits; Jours de colère (Prix Femina); Magnus (Prix Goncourt des lycéens); L'Inaperçu; recipient of 2012 Grand Prix de la Société des Gens de Lettres





in conversation with



Writer, journalist, television producer and host, Un Livre un jour(France 3; 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




Monday, May 4, 7 p.m.:

French Department Lecture



Chair, Department of French, NYU; author of La Fête imprimée


The Reveling Eye: Early-Modern Festival Books and Their Readers (In English)





La Maison Française is pleased participate in The Literary Mews, the third annual NYU festival within the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.


Friday, May 8, 2 p.m.:

Co-sponsored with PEN and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

A Conversation with



Jean-Christophe Rufin is a prize-winning French novelist, historian, former ambassador to

Senegal, and one of the founders of Doctors Without Borders. He was elected to the Académie Française in 2008. His books include The Abyssinian; Brazil Red; and The Red Collar (forthcoming, Europa Editions), a novel on war and its aftermath.


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