CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 21, 2001
UI hosts symposium on literature, art of French Enlightenment
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A group of scholars will gather
at the University of Iowa Friday, March 30 for a symposium on
"Bodies and Space in the French Enlightenment."
Organized by Downing Thomas, associate professor of French and Italian, and
Dorothy Johnson, professor of art and art history, the symposium will draw
a number of scholars crossing the boundaries of literary and art criticism.
Philippe Roger, from the École des Hautes Études
en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and editor in chief of the literary journal
Critique, will attend, along with a distinguished panel of scholars from across
the country, including Bernadette Fort, editor of "Eighteenth-Century
Studies," Anne Vila, author of a recent and authoritative study of eighteenth-century
medicine and literature, and Pierre Saint-Amand, who has produced a body of
influential work on libertinism.
The symposium will be held in Room W401, Pappajohn
Business Building and is free and open to the public. A morning session, with
papers and discussion in English, will begin at 10 a.m. After an extended
break, the symposium will resume at 4 p.m. for an afternoon session, with
papers presented in French.
Presentations during the morning session include "Childrens
Bodies in J. -B. Greuzes Pictorial Narratives," by Bernadette Fort
of Northwestern University, and "Staging the Feeling Self: Space, Coenesthesia,
and Subjectivity in Rousseaus Fiction," by Anne Vila of the University
of Wisconsin at Madison.
Afternoon presentations include, "Des lieux du
libertinage" by Philippe Roger of École des Hautes Études
en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and "Le pas du plaisir: De Manon Lescault
à Thémidore," by Pierre Saint-Amand of Brown University.
The symposium is supported by the UI Office of the
Vice-President for Research, the College of Liberal Arts, the department of
French and Italian, and the School of Art and Art History.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend
all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability
who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please
contact Rosemary Stenzel at the Department of French and Italian office, 555
Phillips Hall, at 335-2253.