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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 "Children’s Bodies in J. -B. Greuze’s Pictorial Narratives," by Bernadette Fort of Northwestern University, and "Staging the Feeling Self: Space, Coenesthesia, and Subjectivity in Rousseau’s 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.