NEW WRITING IN
FRANCE AND AMERICA
in cooperation with the Creative
Writing Program, Department
Florida State University, February 24-28, 2003
unique international symposium features some of the most
creative forces in contemporary French and American writing.
a series of readings, talks and debates, leading writers
from both sides of the Atlantic discuss key features of
their work, compare ideas and experiences and consider the
future of literature in an increasingly globalized world.
can France sustain and enhance her long tradition of literary
innovation in a world that is increasingly dominated by
American cultural models? How and why do American writers
still look to France as a source of inspiration and even
emulation? Compared with the original texts, how do translations
resonate with French and American readers? To what extent
do the American and French publishing industries stifle
or reward innovative talents? These are among the questions
addressed by participants, who include French and American
publishers as well as representatives of the French Cultural
symposium, modeled on the successful Banquet du Livre held
annually in the medieval French village of Lagrasse in association
with les Editions Verdier, is hosted by Florida State University's
Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone
Studies in conjunction with the Department of English. It
is open to the public free of charge.
events are scheduled throughout the week of Monday, February
24, through March 1.
rencontre internationale réunit pour la première
fois une pléiade d'écrivains français
et américains qui sont parmi les plus créateurs
de la littérature contemporaine.
cours d'une semaine de lectures, conférences, dialogues
et débats, des écrivains majeurs des deux
côtés de l'Atlantique discuteront leurs écrits,
compareront leurs idées et réfléchiront
sur l'avenir de la littérature à l'heure de
la France peut-elle continuer à nourrir sa longue
tradition d'inventivité littéraire dans un
monde qui est de plus en plus dominé par des modèles
culturels américains ? Dans quelles circonstances
les auteurs américains trouvent-ils encore en France
une source d'inspiration et même d'émulation ?
Lorsqu'un texte est traduit en anglais ou en français,
quelles sont les conséquences pour sa réception
chez des lecteurs qui ne partagent pas la même
langue ? Les maisons d'édition françaises
et américaines sont-elles suffisamment ouvertes aux
nouveaux talents littéraires ? Ces questions
seront débattues par des auteurs, éditeurs
et animateurs culturels issus des deux côtés
par le Banquet du livre tenu chaque été dans
le village médiéval de Lagrasse en association
avec les Editions Verdier, cette rencontre aura lieu sous
les auspices du Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary
French and Francophone Studies et du Département
d'Anglais de la Florida State University. Elle est ouverte
gracieusement au public.
manifestations sont prévues tous les jours pendant
la semaine du 24 février.
Daeninckx often makes use of a detective novel
format to examine the social and cultural issues affecting
France. His works include Meurtres pour mémoire
(1984), Cannibale (1998), Le Dernier Guérillero
(2002), and most recently, Le Retour d'Ataï
Garcin wrote Le Pigeon voyageur (2000),
and in 2002 he published a collection of short stories,
Rien, and a novel, Sortilège.
Gracia has published L'Eté du chien
(1996) and Les Nuits d'Hitachi (1999). Her most
recent novel, L'Ongle rose appeared in 2001, and
deals with a woman's effort to maintain her integrity in
a disintegrating world through the act of writing.
Harang is a journalist for the Parisian daily,
Libération. He has been publishing novels
since 1993. His most recent work includes Les Spaghettis
d'Hitler (1994), Gros chagrin (1996) and Théodore
Masson has published two collections of poems,
Offrandes (1995) and Onzains de la nuit et
du désir (1995), an essay in collaboration with
the late Sarah Kofman, Don Juan ou le refus de la dette
(1990), and a novel, L'Isolement. He is currently
the editor for German literature at les Editions Verdier.
Michon has published an account of a friend of
Vincent Van Gogh, Vie de Joseph Roulin
(1988), stories often set in the late Middle Ages,
most recently Abbés (2001), and literary
portraits of which the latest to appear is Corps du
roi (2001) which deals with authors as diverse as William
Faulkner, Samuel Beckett, Muhamad Ibn Manglî and himself.
Rolin won the Prix Fémina in 1994 for his
novel, Port-Soudan. His essay Langue appeared
in 2000. He often deals with political and social issues
in his novels and essays. In 2002 he published Tigre
Volodine's most recent fiction explores a world
where lives, traditions and literature have been destroyed
by a nuclear war. In an effort to articulate the new sense
of reality his characters must invent new linguistic forms
and literary structures, examples of which can be found
in Le Post-exotisme en dix leçons, leçon
onze (1998). Des Anges mineurs (1999) won
Le Prix Wepler and Le Prix du Livre Inter. In 2002 he published
Berry's works of fiction include the short
stories collected in Plane Geometry, winner of
the 1984 Fiction Collective Award, and the novel Leonardo's
Horse (1998). He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University
of Tours, France, in 1985-86.
Burroway is the author of seven novels, including
Raw Silk, Opening Nights, and Cutting Stones,
and the plays Medea with Child and Sweepstakes.
Her most recent books are a collection of essays, Embalming
Mom, and a text, Imaginative Writing. She
is the author of Writing Fiction, now in its sixth
Olen Butler won the Pulitzer Prize for A
Good Scent From a Strange Mountain (1993). The author
of nine novels and two collectionhs of short stories, he
is a four-time honoree in Best American Short Stories
and a six-time honoree in New Stories from the South.
Byrd is a poet and native Parisian now resident
in the U.S. Her poems have appeared in New American
Writing, Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence in America
and American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement.
She has work forthcoming in So to Speak and How2.
Dewberry's work includes the plays Flesh
and Blood and Four Joans and a Fire-Eater
as well as the novels Many Things Have Happened to Me
Since He Died, Break the Heart of Me and Sacrament
Fernandez has published five novels, including
La vida es un special (1982), Raining Backwards
(1988) and Holy Radishes (1995), as well as numerous
short stories. His short fiction has appeared in anthologies
and reviews such as Microfiction, Cuban-American Writers,
and The Madison Review.
Carlos Galeano was born in the Amazon region
of Colombia. He is the author of Pollen and Rifles,
and two books of poetry, Baraja Inicial and Amazonia.
His poetry has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares,
Partisan Review and TriQuarterly. His collection,
Amazon Folktales will appear in 2003.
Hamby's first book, Delirium, won
the Vassar Miller Prize, as well as two prizes for the best
first book of poems published in 1995, the Kate Tufts Discovery
Award and the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First
Book Award. Her second book, The Alphabet of Desire,
won the 1998 New York University Prize for Poetry.
Harrison's body of work includes 11 novels and
collections of novellas - including Legends of the Fall,
Dalva, and most recently The Beast God Forgot
to Invent - together with a dozen books of poetry,
and a memoir, Off to the Side. He is also
a prolific essayist and a former Hollywood screenwriter.
Kirby is a poet and the author, among other
works, of The House of Blue Light, and a forthcoming
collection called The Ha-Ha. His latest book is
a collection of essays entitled What is a Book?
Ortiz-Taylor wrote the novels Faultline
(1982), Spring Forward/Fall Back (1985), Southbound
(1990), Coachella (1998), and Extranjera.
She is currently working on a novel called Assisted
Shacochis's collection of stories, Easy
in the Islands, received the 1985 National Book Award
for First Fiction. His novel, Swimming in the Volcano,
was a finalist for the 1993 National Book Award. A second
collection of stories, The Next New World (1989),
won the Prix di Rome in Literature from the American Academy
of Arts and Letters.
novel Mermaids on the Moon was published by Doubleday
in 2002. Her short stories have appeared in The Atlantic
Monthly, Gettysburg Review, Southern Review
and Five Points.
Suárez was born in Havana and has lived
in the United States since 1974. He is the author of over
20 books, most notably Spared Angola (1997),
Guide to the Blue Tongue (2002), Banyan (2001),
Latin Jazz, and Going Under (1996), a novel
translated into French as Le Plongeon (Editions
Winegardener's recent books include his novels
The Veracruz Blues (1996) and Crooked River
Burning, chosen as one of the best 25 books of 2001
by the American Library Association, and a collection of
stories, That's True of Everybody (2002).