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Jan 24
17:15 - 18:00
Literature on Credit: The French Novel Today
Centre for Modern European Literature Research Colloquium
Professor Emmanuel Bouju (Université de Rennes and Harvard University)

In the past twenty years, French literature has lived on credit, or rather on the credit of the last century. Placed at the heart of a crisis of trust in public speech, in democracy (which is still undergoing a state of emergency), and in social economics, it has decreased in fiduciary value. Nevertheless this talk will argue for a new strength and a new authority for the French novel: a strength and an authority that are related to a gradual shift from "the indiciary paradigm" to the "fiduciary paradigm".


A former student of the École Normale Supérieure, Emmanuel Bouju is a Visiting Professor at Harvard University, and is currently Professor of Comparative Literature at the Université de Rennes 2 and Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France. Prof. Bouju's publications include Réinventer la littérature : démocratisation et modèles romanesques dans l'Espagne post-franquiste (with a preface by Jorge Semprún, 2002), La transcription de l'histoire. Essai sur le roman européen de la fin du vingtième siècle (2006), and Fragments d'un discours théorique (2015). 


Seminar Room 1,
Darwin College,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom


Open to all,

Contact: Professor Ben Hutchinson


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