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Fall 2005


Saturday, October 29 at 12pm
The students of the PhD program in French are sponsoring its annual student conference, "French Orientalism: Culture, Politics, and the Imagined Other." The one-day conference will feature student presentations on the subject of French Orientalism. Please visit the conference webpage for the call for papers and additional information.

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Spring 2005


Monday, February 14, 6:00pm 
The Henri Peyre French Institute with the Ph.D. Program in French Celebrate the publication of the Yale Anthology of Twentieth-Century French Poetry, edited by Mary Ann Caws, published in summer 2004 and of the Henri Peyre: His Life in Letters,edited by John D. Kneller, also with Yale University Press, appearing in 2005.

Welcoming remarks will be followed by readings of selected letters, readings of selected translated poems, and a reception.

Skylight Room, 9100, The Graduate Center


Friday, February 18 at 7:30pm 
Jean-Racine: Bajazet

United States premier, presented by the Ph.D. Program in French 

The Ph.D. Program in French at the Graduate Center, CUNY will present, in French, a fully staged presentation of Jean-Racine’s tragedy Bajazet. This will be the United States premier of the play in its original form.

The Ph.D. Program in French at the C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center will present a fully staged presentation of Jean-Racine’s tragedy Bajazet. This will be the American premiere of the play in its original form.

The production will present a major work of one of France’s greatest playwrights in a manner that is both faithful to the original performing style and relevant to today’s political and cultural environment. In order to achieve this, the staging, declamation, and gestures employed will carefully reflect seventeenth-century French practice as revealed through several fundamental period writings relevant to theatrical performance including Bary’s Méthode pour bien prononcer un discours, Le Gras’s La Rhétorique françoise, Grimarest’s Traité du récitatif, Poisson’s Réflexions sur l’art de parler, theConférence sur l’expression of Charles Le Brun, and the memoirs of Louis Racine, the playwright’s son. The production will also feature seventeenth-century theatrical costumes.

In addition to respecting seventeenth-century French performing conventions, this production will highlight several societal concerns of seventeenth-century France which remain relevant today, including issues of cultural and national identity and othering, gender roles, the political role of women, dictatorship, and personal agency. These topics, along with a discussion of the work, its interpretation and significance, and the production techniques employed, will be explored in a pre-performance discussion presented by directors Desmond Hosford and Angèle Branca.

Grounded in solid academic research and sensitivity to French theatrical conventions of the seventeenth century, this production will present for the first time in the United States one of the great dramatic works of seventeenth-century France, complete and in its integrity, as a thought-provoking commentary on modern issues of global importance. The performance will be free and open to the public.

Elebash Recital Hall

Monday, March 7, at 5:00pm
Christopher Prendergast Lecture: Proust's Allegorical Body
Christopher Prendergast, Fellow of King's College Cambridge and Honorary Professor at the University of Copenhagen.
He is the General Editor for the new Penguin translation of Proust's novel, In Search of Lost Time, and is the author of The Triangle of Representation; Writing the City: Paris and the Nineteenth Century; The Order of Mimesis

 rooms 9204-9205

Wednesday, March 9, at 6:30pm
Lecture by Emmanuel Moses
Emmanuel Moses will give a lecture, as guest of Professor Marilyn Hacker, in the context of her Translation course. Sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in French.

Emmanuel Moses was born in Casablanca in 1959, spent his early childhood in France, lived in Israel from the ages of ten to eighteen, when he returned to France where he still lives. He is the author of four collections of poems and two novels. He received the prix Max Jacob in 1993 for l "Les Bâtiments de la compagnie asiatique" (Editions Obsidiane, Paris 1993). He is also a translator -- of German, of English, and of contemporary Hebrew poetry, notably of Yehuda Amichai. A bilingual collection of his poems in English, Last News of Mr. Nobody, with translations by Marilyn Hacker, C.K. Williams, Kevin Hart and others, was just published in the United States by the Other Press.

room 3306

Thursday, March 10, at 6:00pm
Meet the 2005 MLA President Domna Stanton
The Ph.D. Program in French at The Graduate Center, CUNY invites you to an evening around the work of the Modern Languages Association with the MLA's new president for 2005, Distinguished Professor Domna Stanton.

Martin Segal Theater


Friday, April 22, from 2:00 to 6:00pm.

Patronage and Performance: Women Rulers and Spectacle in the Renaissance

This Colloquium is cosponsored by the Ph.D. Program in French and the Renaissance Studies Certificate Program. The program includes:

Dympna Callaghan (English, Syracuse University) "Women as Instigators and Audience of Early Modern Poetry"

Honey Meconi (Music, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music) "Marguerite of Austria and Music"


Anthony Feros (History, University of Pennsylvania) "Court, Representation and Patronage in 17th century Spain."

Malcolm Smuts (History, University of Massachusetts-Boston) "Theater and Political Culture in the Entourage of Henrietta Maria" 

Recital Hall