La Littérature de la Sérénité

La Littérature de la Sérénité

Avec Thomas Pavel and Joan DeJean


Mardi 28 Septembre 2021 à 15:00
Série de 2 classes: $100 membres / $110 non-membres
En ligne via Zoom • En français

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Vous avez manqué les deux premiers ateliers avec Thomas Pavel? Pas de problème, vous pouvez toujours vous inscrire pour les deux autres ateliers!  

 

Participez à une série d'ateliers sur la grande littérature donnée par des sommités qui ont enseigné dans les départements de français des universités de Chicago et de Pennsylvanie. Une occasion unique d’apprendre mais aussi d’échanger des idées avec des participants qui partagent votre passion pour la littérature et pour l’histoire!

Join us for an extraordinary series or workshop on la grande littérature given by luminaries who taught in the Romance Literature Departments from the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania. A unique opportunity to learn and exchange ideas with like-minded participants interested on history and literature!

 

Avant chaque rencontre, les participants sont invités à lire le court roman à l'étude at à envoyer au conférencier ([email protected]) un message qui soulève une question, propose une objection ou souligne un aspect pertinent de l’œuvre lue. Ce message, de dix à douze lignes, à savoir cent, cent-vingt mots, doit arriver la veille de la rencontre avant 8:00 p.m. 

Face à l’adversité: l’amour, la sérénité, la persévérance

Nous lirons ensemble trois récits: Manon Lescaut (1731) de l’Abbé Prévost, Ourika (1823) de Claire de Duras et Le Silence de la mer (1942) de Vercors.

14 septembre: Manon Lescaut (1731) de l’Abbé Prévost 

Manon Lescaut raconte l’histoire d’un jeune homme dont l’amour, à la fois passionné et patient, accepte l’imperfection et les erreurs de sa bien-aimée.

Temps de lecture: 5 heures

21 septembre: Ourika (1823) de Claire de Duras 

Ourika nous invite à réfléchir sur la solitude dans un monde éclairé jusqu’à un certain point par les idées du siècle des Lumières, mais dont les préjugés raciaux n’ont pas encore disparu.

Temps de lecture :1 heure

28 septembre: Le Silence de la mer (1942) de Vercors 

Dans Le Silence de la mer, qui se passe en France pendant la deuxième guerre mondiale, un père et sa nièce ne répondent jamais aux discours amicaux, voire séducteurs, d’un jeune officier allemand cantonné dans leur maison.

Temps de lecture : 2 heures

5 octobre: en anglais avec Joan DeJean, Retired Trustee Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania, qui traitera des modèles historiques derrière les héroïnes de Manon Lescaut et Ourika.

 

Before each meeting participants are invited to read the short novel and email the lecturer ([email protected]) a message about the work to be discussed, raising a specific question, making a reasoned objection, or emphasizing a particularly important point.  The message should not be longer than ten-twelve lines or 120 words and should arrive the day before the meeting by 8 pm.

How to Face Adversity: Love, Serenity, and Perseverance.

We will discuss three novellas, Manon Lescaut (1731) by Abbé Prévost, Claire de Duras’ Ourika (1823) and Le Silence de la Mer (1942) by Vercors.

September 14: Manon Lescaut (1731) de l’Abbé Prévost 

Manon Lescaut tells the story of a young man whose strong, patient love accepts and forgives his beloved’s imperfection and mistakes.

September 21: Ourika (1823) de Claire de Duras Ourika reflects on solitude in a world where, in spite of the best, enlightened intentions, racial prejudice is still powerful.

September 28: Le Silence de la mer (1942) de Vercors 

In Le Silence de la Mer, which takes place during the second world war, a French father and niece never answer the friendly, seductive speeches of a German officer quartered in their house.   

October 5: in english with Joan DeJean,Retired Trustee Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania, which will deal with the historical models behind the heroines of Manon Lescaut and Ourika.

 

Thomas Pavel is a literary theorist, critic, and novelist. He retired this spring as the Gordon J. Laing Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Romance Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, the Committee on Social Thought, and Fundamentals at the University of Chicago. Pavel was educated in his native country of Romania as well as France and has pursued a career in academics at institutions such as the University of Ottawa, l’Université de Québec à Montréal, University of California Santa Cruz, and Princeton University. 

His teaching interests include the history of the novel, seventeenth-century French literature, twentieth-century French literature and intellectual life, as well as the interactions between literature and philosophy. 

He has written several books, including Fictional Worlds (1986), where he examined the imaginary worlds projected by fiction, The Spell of Language:  Post-structuralism and speculation (1988, revised edition, 2001) where he criticized the hasty application of linguistic concepts in the humanities, L’Art de l’éloignement. Essai sur l’imagination classique (1990), a study of 17th-century French literature, and The Lives of the Novel (2001, English version 2013) a history of the novel originally written in French and by now translated in several languages. He is currently working on a book about the way literature understands human action and its moral requirements.

 

Joan DeJean has been Trustee Professor at the University of Pennsylvania since 1988. Before then, she taught at Princeton and Yale. She grew up in Louisiana in a French-speaking family and was educated at Newcomb College/Tulane and then at Yale. She has written extensively about France and the French and about the city of Paris. Her most recent books include How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City (Bloomsbury, 2014), The Age of Comfort – When Paris Discovered Casual, and the Modern Home Began (Bloomsbury, 2009), and The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafés, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour (Simon and Schuster/The Free Press, 2005).

Her most recent publication is The Queen's Embroider:  A True Story of Paris, Lovers, Swindlers, and the First Stock Market Crisis (Bloomsbury, 2018).