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Writing the Commune: The Lived and the Conceived

Writing the Commune: The Lived and the Conceived
1 Devonshire Place, Munk School of Global Affairs, Campbell Conference Facility
Time: Mar 22nd, 4:00 pm End: Mar 22nd, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), French and Linguistics (UTSC), French (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), 2000-
Talk by Kristin Ross, New York University

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts and The Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World presents

Kristin Ross (Professor of Comparative Literature, New York University)

Writing the Commune: The Lived and the Conceived

In this talk, Kristin Ross examines some of the methodological and theoretical problems I confronted writing Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune in my attempt to construct the seventy-two-day insurrection as a laboratory of political invention.

Kristin Ross is Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University. Her first book, The Emergence of Social Space: Rimbaud and the Paris Commune (1988; reissued, Verso, 2008) examined cultural movement during the 1871 insurrection. Her cultural history of the French 1950s, Fast Cars, Clean Bodies: Decolonization and the Reordering of French Culture (1995), won the Laurence Wylie award for French cultural studies and a Critic's Choice award; it has been published in France under the title Rouler plus vite, laver plus blanc (Flammarion, 2006). May '68 and Its Afterlives (Chicago, 2002), a study of French memory of the political upheavals of the 1960s, was published in France as Mai 68 et ses vies antérieures (2005; re-issued, Agones, 2010). Her most recent book, Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune (2015) appeared in France from La Fabrique as L'Imaginaire de la Commune.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required. For further information, please contact Véronique Church-Duplessis


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