Text and Image

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Columbia University French Graduate Student Association

The French Graduate Student Association of Columbia University is pleased to announce its 20th Graduate Student conference, to be held March 4th, 2011.

The conference will take as its theme text and image in French and world literatures and art. We will explore how text and image complement and interact and compete with one another in composite works, and how an understanding of each can inform readings of hybrid works, such as textual/lettrist art, visual poetry, film, and even theatre. Graduate students of all departments are welcome to submit abstracts of 300-500 words, and we especially welcome projects with a comparative focus and/or approach. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

-Manuscript culture
-Art criticism
-Figural typography
-Concrete poetry
-The book/codex as an object

Please submit abstracts to FgsaConference2011@gmail.com by Friday, January 14th.

The Keynote Speaker at this event will be Professor Sylvie Lefèvre. She received her academic training in France, where she was a fellow of the Ecole normale supérieure. She took the Agrégation de Lettres classiques (1984) and received her doctorate (1992) and habilitation (2002) from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. She taught at the University of Orléans and Saint-Etienne before she joined the Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes (1990-1995), laboratory of the CNRS. At the moment, she is in charge of the Section romane of the IRHT. Associate professor at the ENS (1995-2004), she became professor at the University of Tours. Principal teaching and research interests include French medieval literature (XIIe-XVe), history of manuscript and book, philology and literary theory. She is the author ofAntoine de La Sale, La fabrique de l'œuvre et de l'écrivain (Droz, 2006) and published in collaboration le Roman de Renart (Gallimard, La Pléiade, 1998), Album de manuscrits français du XIIIe siècle. Mise en page et mise en texte (Viella, Rome, 2001), and the proceedings of a colloquium La lettre dans la littérature romane du Moyen Age(Paradigme, Orléans, 2008), and a new critical edition of L'Heptaméronde Marguerite de Navarre with Nicole Cazauran is in progress.