Cécile Alduy on American writers in Paris

About Guest:

A former student at the École Normale Supérieure rue d’Ulm, Professor Alduy received her Ph.D. in French Literature from the University of Reims in June 2003, where she wrote her dissertation on Renaissance poetry. Entitled “Nation, Self, and the Lure of Unity. Poetics and Genesis of a New French Genre, the “Amours” (France, 1544-1560),” her dissertation examined how the poetics of love sonnets collections, a paradoxical form at once unified and discontinuous, was exploited by the generation of Ronsard and Du Bellay to promote a collective – and nationalist – agenda, that of a “Defense and Illustration of the French Tongue” and its cultural supremacy. From this project derives her upcoming book, The Politics of Love: Poetics and Genesis of the “Amours” in Renaissance France (1549-1560). Before joining Stanford University, Professor Alduy had been teaching French Literature at Boston University and at the University of Reims ( France). She has published a revised critical edition of Maurice Scève’s Délie, which complements a number of articles she wrote on this work, and is completing the manuscript for an extensive, annotated bibliography of all things ever written by or about Scève to be published in the “Bibliothèque des écrivains français” collection by Memini Editore in April 2006. Primarily interested in Poetry and Poetics, both contemporary and from the Renaissance, Professor Alduy stresses philology and contextualization to anchor interpretation in the texture and context of the works at hand. She has recently been investigating books by Scève, Ronsard, La Boétie, Montaigne, Bonnefoy and Philippe Jaccottet among others. In the Spring of 2004, she launched, with Margaret Cohen, “From Script to Screen: Conversations on Contemporary French Cinema,” a successful French Film Festival which brought to campus distinguished French film-makers and critics. In its first year, in an homage to François Truffaut, his daughter, Laura Truffaut, and Serge Toubiana, director of the Cinémathèque française, remembered with us the shooting and writing of L’Homme qui aimait les femmes. That same year, the festival also featured the West Coast Première of Petites coupures, in presence of film-director Pascal Bonitzer. In 2004-2005, Professor Alduy became Chair of the French Film Festival, which sponsored the visit of directors Jean-Paul Rappeneau (Cyrano de Bergerac, Nov. 2004), Nicolas Philibert (To Be and To Have ; In the Land of the Deaf, Feb. 2005), Arnaud Desplechin (Leo playing “In the Company of Men” ; Kings and Queen, March 2005) and of film critics Jean-Michel Frodon, director of the Cahiers du Cinéma and Tom Luddy, director of the Telluride Festival. The 2005-2006 edition of “From Script to Screen” is no less exciting, as the public will have an opportunity to meet directors Tavernier (Lola), Claire Denis (L’Intrus; Beau Travail) and Abdel Kechiche (L’esquive; C”est la faute à Voltaire), whose latest film, L’esquive, won the “César” awards for Best Film and Best Scenario 2005. Information about “From Script to Screen: Conversations on Contemporary French Cinema” is available online at http://dlcl.stanford.edu/research/frenchfilm.html
In 2004, Professor Alduy launched with Professor Roland Greene a new workshop on Early-Modern criticism. “Renaissances: a Lectures Series and Workshop on early modern Literature” will present the latest research of distinguished and innovative scholars in the form of a lecture/lunch seminar format aimed at facilitating collaborative work and interdisciplinary discussions among Scholars and Graduate students from Stanford and the Bay Area. Pre-circulated papers will offer a glimpse at the work in progress of our notable guests, while the lecture and following day workshop will help strengthen cross-departmental ties and foster lively conversations among the English, French and Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature Departments. For more information, visit http://dlcl.stanford.edu/renaissances/