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Clifford Armion, Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt - publié le 13/02/2018

Le 17 janvier 2018, la Villa Gillet a permis à neuf classes de lycée de rencontrer les auteurs Paul Auster et Siri Hustvedt. Les questions portaient principalement sur les nombreux écrits de Siri Hustvedt ainsi que le dernier roman de Paul Auster, ((4 3 2 1)). L’enregistrement audio de l'échange est accompagné d'une retranscription, modifiée par endroit pour être adaptée au format écrit.

Kate Summerscale - publié le 14/12/2017

Chaque année les invités anglophones des Assises Internationales du Roman rédigent la définition d'un mot de leur choix. Kate Summerscale a choisi le mot "Clue".

William Finnegan - publié le 09/10/2017

A l'occasion des Assises Internationales du Roman (2017) William Finnegan a écrit un texte sur la mémoire et la non-fiction.

Fabio Parasecoli - publié le 30/11/2015

"The table can be a safe place, but tensions and contrasts are always lurking. Due to gender, age, or occupation, some migrants might find themselves exposed only to limited and filtered contact with the host community, in which case the communal aspects of their experience are particularly relevant. "

Krishnendu Ray - publié le 30/11/2015

En partenariat avec les départements de Food Studies de la New School et de New York University, le Festival Mode d'Emploi 2015 propose une réflexion sur les migrations du goût. Diplômé de sciences politiques et de sociologie, Krishnendu Ray est professeur de Food Studies et à la tête du Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health à l’Université de New York. À travers ses différents ouvrages, il s’intéresse à la façon dont les immigrés combinent leur culture ...

David Samuels - publié le 06/11/2015

“Meritocracy” is the comic honorific that the American elite has awarded to itself in recognition of its accomplishments since the end of the Cold War. The coinage has proved to be a lasting and significant one because it does so many kinds of necessary work at once. “Meritocracy” assuages the inherent tension that exists between the terms “elite” and “popular democracy” by suggesting that the new American elite has earned its position in an entirely democratic way. Yes, we do ...

Adelle Waldman - publié le 15/09/2015

In reporter and columnist Adelle Waldman’s first, highly touted novel, ((La Vie amoureuse de Nathaniel P.)), the author describes with subtlety and irony the meanderings of Nate Piven, a popular writer moving up in the elite literary circles of Brooklyn. He is also a young lover drunk with his success with women. In this astute novel of manners, Waldman brilliantly paints the portrait of a modern, imperfect and narcissistic male with a troubled love life.

Manu Joseph - publié le 15/09/2015

Ce texte a été écrit lors des Assises Internationales du Roman 2015, suite à la discussion animée par Raphaëlle Leyris, avec Manu Joseph, Florence Seyvos et Zeruya Shalev. "When I was a child, our home had a sofa that had a big hole in the seat. The sofa was draped in a sheet and only the family knew about the hole. One day, the surly landlord came asking for rent. My mother invited him in on purpose, and made him sit on the sofa. As he sank into the hole, she laughed. My mother did ...

Dana Spiotta - publié le 15/09/2015

Ce texte original de Dana Spiotta a été écrit dans le cadre des Assises Internationales du Roman 2015.

Lionel Shriver - publié le 15/09/2015

Ce texte original de l'auteur de "We Need to Talk about Kevin" a été écrit dans le cadre des Assises Internationales du Roman 2015.

Nickolas Butler - publié le 15/09/2015

"Until about a year ago, I had lived my whole life in urban areas. The smallest cities I had ever called home was likely during graduate school, when I commuted between Arden Hills, Minnesota (population: 9,704) and Iowa City, Iowa (population: 67,862). And in fairness to Arden Hills and Iowa City, both communities are much larger than their census estimates, due in part to their proximity to other larger growing cities, and their migrating student populations."

Karen Barkey - publié le 01/09/2015

"There are a few ways of thinking about toleration: I define toleration as more or less absence of persecution; the acceptance of a plurality of religions, but not necessarily their acceptance into society as full and welcomed members/communities. Toleration can mean the acceptance of “difference” and a lack of interest beyond the instrumentality to maintain a coherent polity."

Taiye Selasi - publié le 31/08/2015

"Empathy may be, above all others, the emotion that literature imposes upon us. As a reader and a writer I have yet to experience any bit of fiction that does not render me more empathetic. The change does not always last long, alas."

Adelle Waldman - publié le 26/08/2015

Two of my favorite authors, Jane Austen and George Eliot, are very concerned with characters’ moral lives. In “The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.,” I look closely at how Nathaniel P. justifies his behavior to himself. Today, books or films about romantic relationships, or dating, are often seen as very light—mere amusements and escapes—but this is the area in life when most of us will reveal how we treat others: how kind we are to those we don’t (or no longer) love and how we respond ...

Dana Spiotta - publié le 26/08/2015

I read obituaries. I love to read about people who were notable for one thing—say the woman who appears in a famous photo at Kent State. I am drawn to what people think of as failures: the guy who backed the wrong videotape format or the guy who lost an election after a tweet. I like to read about people whose lives took dramatic turns, like the guy who spent most of his life running an ice cream shop in New Jersey but secretly had a past life as a war criminal. I am fascinated by secret ...

Taiye Selasi - publié le 26/08/2015

What were we seeking when we set out? And where did we set out from? Birthplace. Plausible. But who was born? Not ‘we,’ not whole. Not yet, not then. Then, we were theirs: the parents, the adults, the fully-formed members of loosely-formed worlds. They had homes. Or thought they did. We belonged to them. They belonged to There. At least they tried: they ate the food, they spoke the tongue, they donned the garb. Still they moved like strangers There, like looser threads in tight-knit Thens. ...

Lionel Shriver, Clifford Armion - publié le 30/06/2015

The author of numerous novels, she won the Orange Prize for We Need to Talk About Kevin, adapted for the screen in 2011 by Lynne Ramsay. Her sarcastic flair is evident in Big Brother: Pandora, a highly successful businesswoman who hasn’t seen her brother—a seductive, boastful, jazz prodigy—in five years finds him obese, neglected, and compulsive. Lionel Shriver provides a keen analysis of our neurotic relationship with food and the alarming increase in obesity in our societies.

Manu Joseph - publié le 29/06/2015

As a lonely young man largely forgotten by the world and invisible to the mostgorgeous women whom you adore, should you not be writing melancholy poetry or the vain prose of deep self-regard. Instead you are drawn to cinema, you derive so much from movies, and it appears that you have been infected by the unsung altruism of commercial cinema, its duty to entertain. Is it because you think you know how to entertain? Is that your conceit? Or is it humility that pushes you to entertain? Is it not ...

Nickolas Butler - publié le 08/06/2015

Chaque année les invités anglophones des Assises Internationales du Roman rédigent la définition d'un mot de leur choix. Les traductions françaises de ces textes ainsi que les mots-clés des auteurs de langue française des sept premières saisons des AIRs sont éditées par Christian Bourgois dans un volume intitulé le Lexique Nomade. Nous vous invitons ici à découvrir les versions originales des entrées de ce précieux lexique... Ici la contribution de Nickolas Butler (texte et ...

Gayatri Spivak - publié le 05/06/2015

Fifty years of institutional teaching has brought me this lesson: try to learn to learn how to teach this group, for me the two ends of the spectrum: Columbia University in the City of New York and six elementary schools on the border between West Bengal and Jharkhand. Everything I say will be marked by this. I take my motto from Kafka: “Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: Impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.”

Lionel Shriver - publié le 27/05/2015

Chaque année les invités anglophones des Assises Internationales du Roman rédigent la définition d'un mot de leur choix. Les traductions françaises de ces textes ainsi que les mots-clés des auteurs de langue française des sept premières saisons des AIRs sont éditées par Christian Bourgois dans un volume intitulé le Lexique Nomade. Nous vous invitons ici à découvrir les versions originales des entrées de ce précieux lexique... Ici la contribution de Lionel Shriver (texte et ...

Nadia Urbinati - publié le 23/02/2015

The place of God in the constitution has been one of the most sensitive issues in the debate on the constitutional treaty of the European Union, and has influenced the process of ratification. In the five decades since the Treaty of Rome was signed in 1957, European leaders have tried to build a united Europe on a secular foundation of treaties and economic regulations. These no longer seem to be adequate to the task. Lately, efforts have been made to include another factor – religion...

Sudipta Kaviraj - publié le 22/01/2015

Religious faith connects strongly held ethical ideals to the belief that these are the commands of God, or a power above human reason. This can make people of hard religious belief to be intensely intolerant. How can we easily accept those who violate or dismiss principles that we consider the foundational to the moral order of the universe? Thus it is quite possible that religious people might be pious inside their own religion, but hateful towards others. Though most religious faiths set down ...

Avital Ronell - publié le 19/01/2015

"For my part, I practice affirmative dissociation. Prompted mostly by a Nietzschean will to fiction and love of masks, I “fake it ‘til I make it,” assuming shrewd yet fragile identities, rotating signatures, reappropriating for myself syntactical maneuvers and rhetorical feints."

Souleymane Bachir Diagne - publié le 12/01/2015

The belief in certain supernatural realities is an essential dimension of faith. And, by definition, they are that because we do not comprehend them in the same way as we comprehend objects and beings which we are capable of experiencing with our senses or those mathematic idealities that we understand. Faith therefore allows us to perceive the realities of God, His attributes, His angels and other entities and qualities of the same kind. It equally convinces us that, as human beings, we have ...

David Samuels - publié le 09/01/2015

David Samuels nous propose dans ce texte inédit, écrit à l’occasion des Assises Internationales du Roman 2015, une réflexion saisissante sur le principe d’ « auto-imagination » en dressant un parallèle entre l’autofiction et la montée des extrémismes politiques et religieux.

Avital Ronell, Clifford Armion - publié le 02/12/2014

We have to understand what education implies. To educate means to pull out of the other. There’s a pulling, there’s a little violence. I’m sure that education does take place without authority, if we understand by that a certain, measurable, examinable, testable level of acquisition and performance. However if you want to truly inspire, to accelerate and quicken and enliven the pulse of the student body, then authority would probably be an important premise.

David Treuer - publié le 18/09/2014

"The role, then, of the writer (even the writer of ethnic or minority fiction) is to create dreams so powerful, so moving, so surprising the dreamer never wakes up, or if they do, the dream has affected them so deeply as to, in the words of R.P. Blackmur, “add to the stock of available reality.” The role of the writer and the fictive word is to make of this world a new world, not simply to reproduce the old in miniature."

Rachel Cusk - publié le 28/08/2014

If it’s true that we use narrative as a frame to make sense of the randomness of our human experience, then the story of romantic love might be seen as reflecting our profoundest anxieties about who and what we are, about what happens to us and why. The love narrative is ostensibly a story of progress, yet its true goal is to achieve an ending, a place of finality where nothing further needs to happen and the tension between fantasy and reality can cease. At the wedding of man and woman a ...

Nicholson Baker - publié le 04/08/2014

Chaque année les invités des Assises Internationales du Roman rédigent la définition d'un mot de leur choix : il s'agit ici du mot "embrace", défini par l'auteur américain Nicholson Baker.