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Apr 18

APR 18

10:00 AM–7:00 PM


Feminism\'s Abject Selves: Beauvoir, Leduc, Wittig

10:00 AM–7:00 PM    East Gallery, Buell Hall


Feminism's Abject Selves: Beauvoir, Leduc, Wittig

Two-day conference, Friday-Saturday, April 17-18

Please be aware that the 1 train is not running between 96th Street and 242nd Street on Saturday.  If travelling by the 1 train you will need to get off at 96th Street and walk, take a LOCAL shuttle, or take the M104 bus to 116th Street.

Conference participants: Didier Eribon, Anne Garréta, Lynne Huffer, Jean-Louis Jeannelle, Ann Jefferson, Elisabeth Ladenson, Elisabeth Lebovici, Edouard Louis, Michael Lucey and Sande Zeig

Funding for this conference was generously provided by Jeanine Parisier Plottel and the Maurice I. Parisier Foundation. Additional support was provided by Air France.

Some talks will be given in French and some in English.  If the title is in French, the talk will be in French.  If the title is in English, the talk will be in English.

No registration is required for this conference.

The conference begins on Friday, April 17. For the Friday program, see here.

Program, Saturday, April 18:

10:00–10:30 a.m. Welcome

10:30–Noon Leduc I

Anne F. Garréta, moderator

Michael Lucey, “Leduc au village: Sexuality and Multivariable Social Acrobatics”

Didier Eribon, “Beauvoir, Leduc, Wittig: Writing the Self”

Noon–2:00 p.m. Lunch Break

2:00–3:30 p.m. Les Guerrillères

Morgane Cadieu, moderator

Élisabeth Lebovici, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

Anne F. Garréta, “War (Women-of-...)”

3:30–4:00 p.m. Break

4:00–5:30 p.m. Leduc II

Elisabeth Ladenson, moderator

Édouard Louis, “Fragments of Future History: On Violette Leduc”

This talk has been cancelled: Virginie Despentes, “Violette Leduc, une femme de chambre chez Gallimard”

5:30–7:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion

Didier Eribon, Anne F. Garréta, Édouard Louis

Moderated by Elisabeth Ladenson

Speaker bios:

Didier Eribon

Didier Eribon is a professor at the School of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the University of Amiens. His books include Michel Foucault (1989, English translation by Harvard UP, 1991), Réflexions sur la question gay (1999; Insult and the Making of the Gay Self, Duke UP, 2004), Retour à Reims (2009; Returning to Reims, Semiotext(e), 2013) and most recently, La société comme verdict (2013).

Anne Garréta

Anne Garréta is a novelist whose many works include Sphinx (1986), Pas un jour (2002), for which she won the Prix Médicis, and Eros mélancolique (2009).She is also a maître de conférences at the University of Rennes II and Research Professor of Literature and Romance Studies at Duke University.

Lynne Huffer

Lynne Huffer is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. Her fields of study include feminist theory; queer theory; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender studies; modern French and francophone literature; literary theory; and ethics. She is the author of four books: Are the Lips a Grave? (2013); Mad for Foucault (2010); Maternal Pasts, Feminist Futures (1998); and Another Colette (1992) and numerous articles. She was recently awarded the Modern Languages Association Florence Howe Award for feminist scholarship in English (2011).

Jean-Louis Jeannelle

Jean-Louis Jeannelle is a member of the Institut Universitaire de France and is a professor at the University of Rouen. His specialties include the works of André Malraux, Simone de Beauvoir and the history of the relationships between literature and cinema. His books include Écrire ses Mémoires au XXe siècle : déclin et renouveau (2008), Résistance du roman : genèse de « Non » d'André Malraux (2013), and Films sans images (2015). He is the director of the revue LHT (Littérature Histoire Théorie).

Ann Jefferson

Ann Jefferson is a Professor of French in the Faculty of Modern Languages at New College, Oxford University. Her research focuses mainly on 19th and 20th century literature with a particular interest in the development of the novel and in autobiography. Some of her published works include Nathalie Sarraute, Fiction and Theory: Questions of Difference (2000), Biography and the Question of Literature in France (2007) and most recently, Genius in France: An Idea and its Uses (2014).

Elisabeth Ladenson

Elisabeth Ladenson is Chair and Professor of French and Comparative Literature and General Editor of Romanic Review at Columbia University. Her main teaching and research interests are in 19th- and 20th-century French and comparative literature; gender studies; cultural history and historiography. Her publications include Proust's Lesbianism (1999) and Dirt for Art's Sake: Books on Trial from Madame Bovary to Lolita (2007) as well as numerous articles and essays.

Elisabeth Lebovici

Elisabeth Lebovici is an art historian, journalist and art critic. She has worked for Libération and was the editor-in-chief of Beaux Arts magazine and organizes seminars at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Socials in Paris. She is the author of several monographs of contemporary artists and other works including General Idea: Trouble dans le genre (2011).

Edouard Louis

Edouard Louis is a writer whose first novel, the semi-autobiographical En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule (2014), became an instant bestseller, received much critical praise, and gave rise to debates over the perception of the working class in France. Following his studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, he is currently pursuing his doctorate at the Université de Picardie Jules-Verne, Amiens.

Michael Lucey

Michael Lucey is a professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.  He specializes in French literature and culture of the 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-centuries as well social, literary, and critical theory and sexuality studies. Professor Lucey was the founding director of Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Sexual Culture and his many publications include Never Say I: Sexuality and the First Person in Colette, Gide, and Proust (2006) and a recent project entitled “Someone: The Pragmatics of Misfit Sexualities in French Literature from Colette to Hervé Guibert.”

Sande Zeig

Sande Zeig was the partner of the late Monique Wittig. She is a film director, writer and founder of the New York film distribution company Artistic License. Her films include Central Park (2004), The Girl (2000, based on a short story by Wittig) and the Apache 8 (2009).

Feminism\'s Abject Selves: Beauvoir, Leduc, Wittig