During November and December, La Maison Française of New York University will present a rich program of scholarship, music, and special events.

Florence Noiville
Florence Noiville

During November and December, La Maison Française of New York University presents a rich program of scholarship, music, and special events. The schedule includes: performances by Fontainebleau Associations alumni composers and Guggenheim Fellows (Nov. 5); an evening devoted to “French Literature in the Making,” with Élisabeth Roudinesco and Olivier Barrot (Nov. 14); a talk by historian Laurent Martin on the satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchainé (Nov.30), and an afternoon conference with Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and medieval literary scholars and musicologists, discussing her opera L’Amour de loin, which will soon have its Metropolitan Opera debut (Dec. 3 – advance reservations required). La Maison Française is located at 16 Washington Mews (at the corner of University Pl.), New York, N.Y. For further information, call 212.998.8750 or email maison.francaise@nyu.edu.

LECTURES:
Wednesday, November 2, 6:30 p.m.:

Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies
Charly Coleman (Assistant Professor, Columbia)
Virtues of Abandon: An Anti-Individualist History of the French Enlightenment (Stanford University Press, 2014); 2014-15 Wylie Prize
Lucien Nouis (French, NYU); Helena Rosenblatt (History, CUNY Graduate Center); John Shovlin (History, NYU); Stéphane Gerson (French and French Studies, NYU; chair of the Wylie Prize Committee), moderator. (Co-sponsored by Institute of French Studies and Department of French.)
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Thursday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.:

Co-sponsored By NY Institute for the Humanities
Love and its Pathologies

FLORENCE NOIVILLE - Literary critic, Le Monde; foreign fiction editor, Le Monde des Livres; writer, novelist, author of The Gift; A Cage in Search of a Bird (Seagull Books, 2016), in conversation with
NORMAN MANEA - Professor and writer-in-residence, Bard College; author of The Hooligan’s Return; October, Eight O’Clock; On Clowns
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Monday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.:

French Literature in the Making

ÉLISABETH ROUDINESCO - Directrice de recherches, Université de Paris VII-Diderot; author of Histoire de la psychanalyse en France; Jacques Lacan; Sigmund Freud, en son temps et dans le nôtre, in conversation with
OLIVIER BARROT - Writer, journalist, television producer and host, Un Livre, un jour (France 3 and TV5); author of L’Ami posthume; Le Fils perdu; Un Livre, un jour, un livre toujours; Mitteleuropa
In French
(Presented with the additional support of Sofitel and La Compagnie.)
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Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 p.m.:

Futures of French
A new series highlighting the work of early career scholars.
Beyond French: Occitan, Arabic and the Languages of Poetry

CHRISTOPHER DAVIS (Northwestern); YASSER ELHARIRY (Dartmouth)
In English.
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Tuesday, November 22, 7:00 p.m.:

Department of French Lecture
Romancing the Truth: Vernacular History and the Origin of Fiction

SIMON GAUNT - Professor of French Language and Literature, King’s College London; author of Love and Death in Medieval French and Occitan Courtly Literature; Marco Polo’s ‘Le Devisement du Monde’; co-editor, The Cambridge Companion to Medieval French Literature
In English.
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Tuesday, November 29, 7:00 p.m.:

Book Event
Le Gardien de nos frères
(Belfond, 2016)
The author presents her prize-winning novel. Based on historical research, it illuminates a little-known episode in the history of the Jews in France, the experience of les dépisteurs, the trackers sent to find children hidden during WWII whose parents had not survived.
ARIANE BOIS - Journalist, novelist; author of Le Gardien de nos frères; Sans oublier; Le Monde d’Hannah
Respondent - ALEXANDRA STEINLIGHT, Department of History, NYU
In French and English
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Wednesday, November 30, 6:30 p.m.:

Institute of French Studies
Le Canard Enchainé a 100 ans! Retour sur un siècle de presse entre censure et liberté
LAURENT MARTIN - Professor of History, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3; visiting professor, NYU; author of Le Canard Enchainé ou les fortunes de la vertu
In French.

CONCERT:
Saturday, November 5, 3:30 p.m.:

Co-sponsored by The Fontainebleau Associations
Guggenheim & Fontainebleau

Music by Fontainebleau alumni composers and Guggenheim Fellows: Dalit Warshaw, Anthony Cheung, Elliott Carter
Performed by:

QUATOR FONTAINEBLEAU CONTEMPORAIN
Elizabeth Derham and Deborah Song - violins; Jessica Garand - viola; Sofia Nowik - cello; Featuring Hannah Sun and Dalit Warshaw – pianos.
$20 General Admission; $10 Fontainebleau alumni and students with i.d.
Tickets may be purchased at: www.fontainebleauschools.org

SPECIAL EVENT:
Saturday, December 3, 3:00- 6:00 p.m.:

Organized by the Center for French Civilization and Culture, NYU, and the Department of Music, Columbia University
L’Amour de loin and the troubadours

with composer KAIJA SAARIAHO; SUSAN BOYNTON (Columbia), JUDITH PERAINO (Cornell University), SARAH KAY (NYU), Maria Sanchez Reyes (NYU) and Jane Forner (Columbia).
Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera will have its Metropolitan Opera premiere in December with a new production by Robert Lepage. Kaija Saariaho will be joined by medieval musicologists and literary scholars to discuss the opera’s connections with troubadour song.
In English.
Space is limited. RSVP required for this event: maison.francaise@nyu.edu or 212-998-8750.

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