On Sex, Class, and Death

January 10

4:00pm - 5:30pm

LOCATION: Anderson Academic Commons, room 290
Reception: 4:00 p.m.; Lecture: 4:30 p.m.

Presented by Frédérique Chevillot, professor of French

This talk will concentrate on the works of three contemporary French female authors—Françoise Rey, Annie Ernaux, and Hélène Cixous, all born before 1951, and all still writing today. Each has devoted her literary oeuvre to a very specific aspect of women’s life experiences. For Rey, it has been the writing of erotica through humor and compassion. For Ernaux, it is coming to terms with class and gender through literature. For Cixous, it is remaining in dialogue with the dead through writing. This talk will shed light on the ways in which the three authors tell us the stories of our lives, when they are apparently writing about their own.