Francophonies: The Living and the Dead
March 18-19th 2011
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
The 2011 Graduate Student Conference, hosted by the Department of French Studies at Louisiana State University, will explore the concepts of life, death, and afterlife in French and Francophone literature as well as how these ideas apply to the French language, itself. How do the motifs of passing away or coming into being function in French and Francophone narratives? What can we say about the trajectory of French as a living or dying language? (What deaths has it suffered? How is it being reborn?) What evidence can we see of French afterlives (linguistic or cultural) in territories, departments, and former colonies?