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Literature, Sound and the Egyptian Uprising par Jumana Bayeh, publié le 12/01/2023
Egypt's Arab Spring was experienced as a mediated event in two notable ways. First, in the immediate successes of Tahrir Square, Facebook was heralded as a fundamental agent of the uprising and responsible for the fall of Mubarak. Second, the failure of the 'Spring' with the election of an Islamist and a counter-revolution that saw the rise of a military dictatorship, news reports sought to make sense of the country's rapidly flailing political fortunes. Missing from both these forms of mediation are the voices of the rioters, their coordinated spontaneity and their very acts of resistance. While numerous images of the protests were captured, individual stories and lives were drowned out by the raucous cacophony of the masses. Assuming an extended view of the media terrain that recorded the uprising, this seminar seeks to recover the lost voices of Egypt's Arab Spring. It focuses on two novels by Robert Omar Hamilton and Yasmin El Rashid to drill down into how intimate stories and individual voices provide an alternative method to inform our knowledge of crowd violence. It will illustrate how narrative discourses can contribute in critical and strategic ways to reclaiming what has been lost or unheard in the seeming media decadence that characterised the uprising.
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Question d'actualité - Roe v. Wade par Marion Coste, publié le 26/06/2022
L'arrêt Roe v. Wade a été annulé le 24 juin 2022 aux États-Unis. La Clé anglaise propose une sélection de ressources sur cette décision de la Cour Suprême et ses conséquences dramatiques.
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G.K. Chesterton, penseur critique de la culture de masse ? par Charlotte Arnautou, publié le 25/04/2022
L’enjeu de cet article est d’envisager G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) comme un penseur critique original de la culture de masse en Grande-Bretagne, à une époque traversée par une crise politique et sociale mais aussi culturelle. Héritier d’une tradition conservatrice d’écrits critiques sur la culture contemporaine, Chesterton s’écarte de la vision prédominante d’une culture de masse dangereuse et dégradante et décide plutôt de l’envisager comme un sujet d’étude fécond.
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The policy of "danization" of the local Greenlandic populations as viewed by inhabitants of Ilulissat par Andréa Poiret, publié le 17/12/2021
The acculturation of the Danish colony of Greenland during the 20th century was less brutal than in other latitudes. However, under the guise of the modernization and rationalization of the built environment, the urbanization imposed by Copenhagen profoundly changed lifestyles. Based on their family albums, this text gives a voice to the Greenlanders themselves in an attempt to draw the contours of a collective memory of danization.
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La nature sauvage dans la guerre du Vietnam par Pierre Journoud, publié le 20/05/2021
Cet article présente trois conceptions de la nature vietnamienne (nature-refuge, nature-cible et nature-martyre) durant la guerre du Vietnam (1955-1975).
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Giving Voice in Mike Lew’s Teenage Dick: Disability in a Modern Rewriting of Richard III par Méline Dumot, publié le 09/10/2020
This article examines a contemporary rewriting of Shakespeare’s Richard III by Chinese-American playwright Mike Lew. In his play Teenage Dick (2018), Lew gives a new voice to Shakespeare’s well-known villain. Noticing that one of the most famous disabled characters in theatre history is rarely – if ever – performed by a disabled actor, Lew centers his play on Richard’s experience as a disabled teenager. The play questions our current vision of disability, both in the theatrical world and in our society. This article explores the ways in which Lew adapts the Shakespearean legacy to produce a new narrative and envisions the concept of accessibility in multiple ways.
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Aestheticism and Morality in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) par Louise Bailly, publié le 17/09/2020
Known for his witty aphorisms, fanciful style and extravagant way of life, Oscar Wilde was not only a dandy par excellence but also a major figure of nineteenth-century literature. In The Picture of Dorian Gray, he expresses his belief that art should be dissociated from moral considerations and creates an anti-hero at odds with traditional protagonists whose virtuous behaviours were meant to be exemplary models.
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Mary Cassatt, a modern approach to the painting of domestic life par Louise Bailly, publié le 07/09/2020
Mary Cassatt was a major figure of transatlantic artistic exchanges, the only American who exhibited her paintings alongside the Impressionists in Paris. A strong independent woman and a truly talented artist, Cassatt thought that “Women should be someone and not something.” Although she was considered one of the greatest painters of her time in America and spent sixty years of her life in France, she was long forgotten there after she died.
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The transcendentalist approach to wilderness in US culture par Jean-Daniel Collomb, publié le 17/04/2020
This presentation tackles the significance and legacy of the Transcendentalist understanding of wilderness in US culture. It begins with a brief overview of the largely hostile attitudes toward wilderness that pre-dated Transcendentalism. Then it introduces and analyses the ways in which two prominent Transcendentalist thinkers – Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau – conceived of wilderness. The third part of the presentation explores the influence of Transcendentalist thought on successive generations of US environmentalist all the way to the present time. In conclusion, the views of the contemporary critics of the idea of wilderness in environmentalist circles are briefly discussed.
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“Television is more suited to tell women’s stories”: A conversation with Frances McDormand par Frances McDormand, publié le 23/03/2020
Frances McDormand, an American actress and producer, was invited to the Festival Lumière in Lyon in 2019. She gave a Masterclass in which she talked about being an actress in Hollywood, gender representation and the inclusion rider.
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War, Catharsis, Peace: Ancient Greek Visions and 21st Century Violence par Christine Froula, publié le 12/03/2020
This presentation brings together an American play and an American film inspired by Greek plays: Aeschylus’s Suppliants and Aristophanes’s Lysistrata. Charles Mee’s gripping drama Big Love (2000) animates the plot of The Suppliants to explore the violence of the American socio-economic sex/gender system, moving from male violence to female violence to catharsis to peace. The title of Spike Lee’s brilliant, urgent, visionary utopian film Chi-Raq (2015) names Chicago’s horrific neighborhood gang wars and America’s imperial violence in one angry word and empowers its heroine, Lysistrata, to organize the neighborhood women to seize arms, treasure and the power of language in order to stop the gang warfare that, in real life as in the film, destroys children and young men in our city every day.
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Olive Kitterdige (2014), Lisa Cholodenko par France McDormand, Nathalie De Biasi, publié le 23/01/2020
Frances McDormand est l’une des invitées d’honneur de la dixième édition du Festival Lumière : comédienne américaine née en 1957, elle a été primée deux fois aux Oscars pour ses rôles dans Fargo des frères Coen (1996) et 3 Billboards de Martin McDonagh (2017). Suite à la Masterclass donnée à la Comédie Odéon le 14 octobre 2019, elle est venue présenter les deux premiers épisodes de la série Olive Kitteridge réalisée par Lisa Cholodenko (2014) au Pathé Bellecour, série qu’elle a produite et dont elle tient le rôle éponyme. Ce texte est une transcription de son introduction lors de cette séance.
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"60% of new jobs are precarious jobs": A conversation with Ken Loach par Ken Loach, publié le 14/11/2019
Ken Loach was invited to the Festival Lumière in Lyon to present his new film, Sorry We Missed You, about a family struggling in the wake of the 2008 financial crash. His masterclass at the Comédie Odéon was moderated by Thierry Frémaux, director of the Festival, and Clémentine Autin, a French politician. This resource is an edited transcript of the discussion about the film.
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"Language is a movement between scattered forms": Interview with Amitava Kumar par Amitava Kumar, Natacha Lasorak, publié le 25/10/2019
Amitava Kumar is an Indian writer and journalist who teaches literature at Vassar College. In this interview, he talks about his collection of essays Away: The Indian Writer as an Expatriate (2004) and his novel Immigrant, Montana (2017), and focuses on the notion of "home", immigration, the caste system and the political situation in India.
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Reconfigurations of space in Partition novels par Sandrine Soukaï, publié le 19/09/2019
This article examines two Indian novels Clear Light of Day (1980) by Anita Desai and The Shadow Lines (1988) by Amitav Ghosh along with Burnt Shadows (2009) by Anglo-Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie, books written about the Partition of India that accompanied independence in 1947. Partition led to violence on an enormous scale; the exact number of people who were killed has never been ascertained, and estimates vary between one and two million. Partition also caused massive displacements of population, estimated between 12 and 18 million. This paper examines the way in which space – national, familial and communal – was divided and then reshaped by and through Partition. After discussing the fractures, ruptures and uprooting brought about by this trauma, I will consider the way in which diasporic writers devise fictional maps of memory of the past that foster exchanges across geographical borders.
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Roundtable on Literary Studies in the United States par Christine Froula, Sandra Gustafson, publié le 12/09/2019
Christine Froula (Northwestern University) and Sandra Gustafson (University of Notre Dame) were guest lecturers at the ENS de Lyon in May 2019 and participated in a roundtable on Literary Studies in the US today. The roundtable was moderated by Vanessa Guignery and François Specq, both Professors at the ENS.
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The Gay Liberation Front and queer rights in the UK: a conversation with Jeffrey Weeks par Jeffrey Weeks, publié le 23/05/2019
Jeffrey Weeks is a gay activist and historian specialising in the history of sexuality. His work includes Socialism and the New Life (1977) and Coming Out: Homosexual Politics in Britain from the Nineteenth Century to the Present (1977). He was invited at the LGBT Centre in Lyon to talk about his latest book What is sexual history (2016), which has been translated in French and published by the Presses Universitaires de Lyon. The discussion was moderated by Quentin Zimmerman.
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All men are created equal? Barack Obama and the American Revolution par Steven Sarson, publié le 28/03/2019
Barack Obama believes that the American nation's founding documents—the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution (including the Bill of Rights)—have been the driving forces of American history and remain the foundations of American politics today. In this talk we will explore Obama's analyses of these documents and of their legacies since, in particular in relation to slavery, the Civil War, Jim Crow, and Civil Rights. We will look at the words of Barack Obama, as derived from his writings and speeches, and also at historical sources from the time of the American Revolution, through the Civil War, and to the Civil Rights era.
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Race and the three phases of the American Revolution par Olivier Richomme, publié le 25/03/2019
The American Revolution, the Civil War and Reconstruction period, along with the Civil Rights era can be seen as three phases of the same struggle for racial equality in the U.S. The Declaration of Independence established the revolutionary ideal of equality among men. This promise was not fulfilled by the Reconstruction Amendments. Some might argue that the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 the Voting Rights did not bring about true racial equality. In a sense, the American Revolution can be envisioned as a work in progress.
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F.T.A. (Francine Parker, 1972) : Jane Fonda, militante anti-guerre du Vietnam par Lucien Logette, Nathalie De Biasi, publié le 31/01/2019
Lucien Logette, directeur de la revue Jeune Cinéma et lauréat du Prix Bernard-Chardère 2018, est un des quelques dizaines de français seulement à avoir vu le documentaire F.T.A. lors de sa sortie en France à l’automne 1972. Il est venu présenter le film, réalisé par Francine Parker, le 16 octobre 2018, à l’Institut Lumière, dans le cadre du festival Lumière et de la programmation consacrée à Jane Fonda, Prix Lumière 2018. Ce texte est une retranscription de sa présentation, qui a été éditée pour convenir au format écrit.
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Rencontre avec Ian McEwan autour de son roman Atonement par Ian McEwan, Vanessa Guignery, publié le 29/06/2018
Dans le cadre des Assises Internationales du Roman, Ian McEwan est venu à l'École Normale Supérieure de Lyon pour parler de son roman Atonement. Cette rencontre avec les étudiant.e.s a été organisée par Vanessa Guignery, professeur de littérature anglaise et postcoloniale à l'ENS, membre du laboratoire IHRIM, en collaboration avec la Villa Gillet.
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Death and Contemporary Political Imaginaries in Dalit Literature in India par Udaya Kumar, publié le 18/06/2018
Udaya Kumar (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) était Professeur invité à l’ENS de Lyon du 12 au 30 octobre 2017 et a donné trois conférences en anglais sur la littérature Dalit du Sud de l’Inde. La troisième de ces conférences porte sur la représentation des phénomènes de possession dans la littérature Dalit et sur l'impact politique du suicide.
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Measuring the Global Influence of a City par Hiroo Ichikawa, publié le 31/05/2018
Le professeur Hiroo Ichikawa de la Mori Memorial Foundation nous explique le fonctionnement du Global Power City Index qui classe les métropoles mondiales selon 70 critères. La définition de la « puissance » ("power") adoptée dans ce classement est large et repose aussi bien sur l'attractivité économique que le poids touristique ou l'efficacité énergétique et environnementale. Les métropoles s'appuient sur les résultats du rapport pour infléchir leurs politiques, et l'auteur souligne le rôle performatif de ce type de classements.
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Caste and the Present: Modernity, Modernism and Dalit Writing in India par Udaya Kumar, publié le 27/04/2018
Udaya Kumar (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) était Professeur invité à l’ENS de Lyon du 12 au 30 octobre 2017 et a donné trois conférences en anglais sur la littérature Dalit du Sud de l’Inde. La première de ces conférences explore la représentation du système de castes dans la littérature Dalit.
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Vie(s) ordinaire(s) pendant la Grande Dépression : le parti pris de «Let Us Now Praise Famous Men» (James Agee et Walker Evans) par Adriana Haben, publié le 06/04/2018
Cet article se propose d’analyser le choix fait par James Agee et Walker Evans, auteurs de l’ouvrage documentaire Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941), de s’intéresser spécifiquement au quotidien de trois familles de métayers dans l’Alabama pendant la période de la Grande Dépression, plutôt qu’au contexte socio-politique à proprement parler. Le documentaire devient alors le lieu d’une réflexion sur la valeur de chaque forme de vie humaine, plutôt qu’un constat sur l’échec d’un système.
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Broken Arrow / La flèche brisée (Delmer Daves - 1950) et Devil's Doorway / La porte du diable (Anthony Mann – 1950) par Lionel Gerin, publié le 09/10/2017
En juillet 1950 sort Broken Arrow, premier western de Delmer Daves. En septembre de la même année sort Devil's Doorway, premier western d'Anthony Mann. Coïncidence ? Quelque chose semble être dans l'air et le genre est peut-être mûr pour une nouvelle approche de la représentation des amérindiens.
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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Traditional and Counter-traditional Aspects of a Classic Children’s Book par Véronique Alexandre, publié le 07/07/2017
The read-aloud book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, “retold” by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury designed for very young children may be unlikely teaching material for EFL students in French middle and senior schools. But if studied in conjunction with the video released by The Guardian in 2014 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the book, and if additional literary and artistic references are brought into the lesson plan, the teaching project may prove rewarding on many levels.
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Churchill (2017) - Dossier pédagogique par Marion Coste, publié le 11/05/2017
Le film traite des derniers instants de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, peu de temps avant le débarquement de juin 1944. En ce sens, il s’agit du traitement du temps court. Toutefois, grâce au montage, le spectateur et les élèves sont amenés à revenir sur les grands instants de la Première et de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Ils abordent ainsi les grandes transformations, militaires, politiques et diplomatiques du premier XXe siècle.
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Immigration to the United States of America - Glossary par Anne-Kathrin Marquardt, publié le 04/05/2017
This glossary comes with the paper “Immigration to the United States of America: current challenges and debates”, which was written in April 2017. An asterisk (*) refers to an entry in the glossary.
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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samourai / Ghost dog : la voie du samouraï (Jim Jarmusch – 1999) par Lionel Gerin, publié le 15/03/2017
Avec Ghost Dog, Jarmusch s'attaque à un autre genre, le film noir, pour lequel il revient paradoxalement à la couleur. Un tueur à gages, Forest Whitaker, adepte du code d'honneur des samouraïs de l'époque médiévale, vit simplement, connu seulement sous le nom de Ghost Dog. Il considère comme son maître un mafieux qui lui a autrefois sauvé la vie. À cause d'un témoin gênant, au cours de l'exécution d'un contrat, il devient lui-même la cible de la mafia. Film sur la transmission, sur la confrontation des anciens et des modernes, sur la conscience de l'histoire, cette œuvre ravira les cinéphiles et enchantera les autres.
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Festival Lumière 2016 : Masterclass de Walter Hill par Walter Hill, Yves Bongarçon, publié le 13/02/2017
Le 10 octobre 2016, à l'occasion du Festival Lumière, Walter Hill est venu donner une Masterclass à la Comédie Odéon à Lyon. L'entretien mené par Yves Bongarçon est l'occasion de revenir sur le parcours de ce géant du cinéma américain. Producteur, réalisateur et scénariste, il a notamment produit les trois premiers Aliens, et réalisé le film 48 heures, avec Nick Nolte et Eddie Murphy. Ce texte est une transcription de l'entretien entre Walter Hill et Yves Bongarçon. Il a été par endroits modifié pour l'adapter au format écrit. Un enregistrement audio est disponible sur la plateforme Souncloud.
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12 Angry Men / Douze hommes en colère (Sidney Lumet - 1957) par Lionel Gerin, publié le 25/11/2016
En 1957 sort 12 Angry Men, premier film de Sidney Lumet, qui connait un succès commercial très modeste, mais remporte l'Ours d'or au festival de Berlin, le prix spécial à Locarno, est nommé aux Oscars, et voit Henri Fonda remporter le prix du meilleur acteur aux British Awards. Il s'agit d'un "film de procès", genre qui a donné de grands classiques, de The Paradine case (Le procès Paradine, 1947) d'Alfred Hitchcock, à Anatomy of a Murder (Autopsie d'un meurtre, 1959) d'Otto Preminger, en passant par Witness for the Prosecution (Témoin à charge, 1957) de Billy Wilder. Mais alors que tous ces films se concentrent sur les débats, le défilé des témoins et les plaidoiries, jusqu'au suspense du verdict, 12 Angry Men se déroule entièrement en salle de délibération. C'est donc un huis clos, pari de mise en scène intéressant.
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Manu Joseph: Les familles : liaisons et déliaisons par Manu Joseph, publié le 03/05/2016
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 things people did not understand."
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Republican Electoral Strategy after Realignment: Electioneering and the Ideological Shift par Andrew Ives, publié le 29/02/2016
This article argues that the ideological shift undertaken by the Republican Party in the late 1970s, namely the move away from the consensus politics of Eisenhower’s Modern Republicanism towards the so-called Reagan Revolution, was motivated primarily by electoral considerations and the pursuit of power. The southern strategy, the adoption of socially conservative policies and the embracing of supply side economics, are analyzed in light of their electoral appeal, and are seen as a delayed response to the New Deal realignment of 1930-32.
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Gallipoli and the First World War - Online Resources par Fabien Jeannier, publié le 22/01/2016
Une sitographie sur la Campagne de Gallipoli pendant la Première Guerre mondiale.
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Adelle Waldman: L’identité troublée par 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.
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Nickolas Butler: On Rural America par 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. The largest city I had ever called home was Chicago, where I once lived for a year during college, in a small room so close to the elevated train tracks I could have thrown a baseball and hit the passing EL.
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Taiye Selasi: On Emotions par Taiye Selasi, publié le 31/08/2015
How do writers succeed in submerging us in situations so unlike our own lives? I would argue that, as a reader, I have yet to encounter a situation in literature "unlike" my life. The demographic details may differ: Charlotte is a spider, I am a human; Teju Cole's narrators are men, I am a woman; many of Toni Morrison's characters are mothers, I am not. The list of things that I am not is long: white, male, a parent, a soldier, Chinese-speaking, South American, a witness to any war.
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Identity (Dana Spiotta) par 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 lives or multiplex identities. I imagine the day-to-day ordinary life, what does it feel like over time. I wonder about consequences, guilt, and redemption. I wonder how your past shapes who you are. And I wonder about the life that takes shape around an event. How a fleeting moment can change you, or maybe not. Maybe you are you no matter what.
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Home (Taiye Selasi) par 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. A question. If they belonged to There then why did they leave in search of Where?
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Morality (Adelle Waldman) par 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 when differences arise with those we do love. I wanted to write a book about relationships that was truthful without being escapist, and I wanted to look closely at how dating behavior reflects morality in the deepest sense.
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Meritocracy (David Samuels) par David Samuels, publié le 11/06/2015
“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 have an elite, the word admits, as other nations do: but our elite merely consists of the most “meritorious” members of our democracy, and so any potentially troubling contradiction dissolves in a pleasurable way that both the early Puritans and their plutocratic descendents might easily recognize. The fortunes of the founders of Google and Facebook provide us with reassuring proof that the more we have, the more deserving we are.
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Ireland’s political life during the Famine: Election, constitutionalism and revolution par Anne-Catherine de Bouvier, publié le 07/03/2015
This article aims at exploring the available means of political response in Ireland to the issue of the Famine. What comes first to mind is the case of the representative function, democratic, or approximately so, by the standards of the day; i. e., parliamentary activity. Compiling the records of all individual Irish MPs in Parliament over the period is a tempting intellectual task but clearly beyond the scope of this paper; instead, I approach electoral activity during the period, since elections provide the opportunity of assessment of past contributions, and of confrontation. In the specific context of the Famine, theoretically at least, Irish MPs at Westminster were instrumental in bringing about a better knowledge of what was going on – and indeed some did so in quite a sustained, articulate, and often humane manner. Conversely, elections are moments in a country’s life when voters can take their representatives to account; and clearly, there was much to account for.
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Roosevelt’s Political Discourse: Grounded in a Liberal Protestant Worldview par Andrew Ives, publié le 05/03/2015
This paper will argue that Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s political discourse was profoundly influenced by his liberal Protestant worldview. The paper begins with some background on Roosevelt’s Christian upbringing. It moves on to show how FDR consistently used Protestant precepts and Biblical allusions as a rhetorical tool to gain electoral support. However, the author argues that Roosevelt’s simple yet profound Christian faith went far beyond this purely rhetorical usage and that liberal Protestant teachings in fact structured his political philosophy.
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Seeing Between the Lines: Terence Davies’s The House of Mirth and the art of adaptation par Wendy Everett, publié le 02/03/2015
Examining Terence Davies’s adaptation of Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth, this article identifies ways in which the creative interpretation of the filmmaker may serve to open up new insights into both the original text and the language of cinema itself. It considers, in particular, aspects such as music, painting, and visual metaphor in its presentation of cinema as an essentially multilayered and complex medium which requires of the spectator an imaginative and creative engagement, just as the novel requires of the reader.
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The Myth of Concordia par 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...
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Qu'est-ce qu'un acte d'écriture ? Analyse d'un cas : les promesses de mémoire adressées aux morts du 11/9 par Béatrice Fraenkel, publié le 29/01/2015
Dans le cadre de la construction d'une anthropologie pragmatique de l'écriture, Béatrice Fraenkel, anthropologue et directrice d'étude à l'EHESS, interrogera cette notion, à partir d'une analyse de cas : celui des "promesses de mémoire" (ex. "we will never forget you") recueillies à New York après le 11/9. Il s'agira à la fois de proposer une analyse des énoncés comme actes de langage (Austin), comme acte d'écriture, en prenant appui sur leur matérialité (affichage, autographie, signature etc) et la situation dans laquelle ils sont produits, et de proposer une interprétation concernant la mémoire promise par ces actes d'écriture, en prenant appui sur les travaux d'Arendt, d'Halbwachs et de Ricoeur.
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Philosophy, Religion and Toleration par 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 often similar principles of moral conduct, and encourage adherents to live by principles of fellowship, kindness, and love, these injunctions often get circumscribed by the larger idea of their religion being the only ‘true’ religion...
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Analysing front pages par Clifford Armion, publié le 20/01/2015
A front page tells you a lot about the contents of a newspaper and its attitude towards the news. Even if the traditional format difference between broadsheet newspapers and the more compact tabloids is disappearing – most papers are now printed in the same size – you can still easily recognize serious newspapers from tabloids. Tabloids usually have a large red masthead, very bold typeface and eye-catching pictures. The more serious papers have more text on the front-page and a plainer layout. Contrary to tabloids, broadsheets have no puns or jokes in the headlines and use a more formal language. Here are the main features you will find in any front-page…
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Bill Douglas Trilogy / La trilogie Bill Douglas My Childhood - My Ain Folk - My Way Home (Bill Douglas 1972 -1973 -1978) par Lionel Gerin, publié le 15/01/2015
Écosse. Un village minier près d'Édimbourg. 1945. Un enfant, son frère, leur grand-mère maternelle. Un prisonnier allemand.Mort de la grand-mère. Orphelinat. Grand mère paternelle. Un oncle. L'orphelinat encore. L'adolescence. La mine. Service militaire en Égypte. Rencontre de Robert. Ouverture. Les dialogues? Presque aucun. La musique? Aucune. L'action? Survivre. Le résultat? Au-delà des mots. Saisissement total. Comment en effet parler d'une telle œuvre? C'est un coup à l'estomac, un vent du Nord, une nuit charbonneuse.
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Pluralism and Tolerance: Philosophers, Mystics and Religions par 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 the capacity for reaching these truths of a different kind than those of our senses or of our reason in the conventional sense within ourselves, and therefore posses an aptitude for the supernatural or the absolutely comprehensible.
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Outline for a Discussion on Toleration par Karen Barkey, publié le 09/01/2015
"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."
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The Politics of Fear par Corey Robin, publié le 19/12/2014
In my 2004 book Fear: The History of a Political Idea, I argued that “one day, the war on terrorism will come to an end. All wars do. And when it does, we will find ourselves still living in fear: not of terrorism or radical Islam, but of the domestic rulers that fear has left behind.” When I wrote “one day,” I was thinking decades, not years. I figured that the war on terror—less the invasions, wars, torture, drone attacks, and assassinations than the broader atmosphere of pervasive and militarized dread, what Hobbes called “a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known” and an enemy is perceived as permanent and irrepressible—would continue at least into the 2010s, if not the '20s. Yet even before Osama bin Laden was killed and negotiations with the Taliban had begun, it was clear that the war on terror, understood in those terms, had come to an end.
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Heaven's Gate / La porte du paradis (Michael Cimino -1980) par Lionel Gerin, publié le 12/12/2014
1978. Deer Hunter / Voyage au bout de l'enfer. Bien qu'avare du mot, je l'ose ici: chef d'œuvre absolu. N'en déplaise aux détracteurs, à ceux qui y voient, à grand tort, un film (de plus) sur le Vietnam. Deer Hunter est un immense film, profondément américain. Faut-il être aveugle pour y lire un message impérialiste, malgré cette dernière scène poignante, si souvent incomprise. Chef d'oeuvre, donc. Presque trois ans plus tard, sort Heaven's Gate, le plus grand désastre financier du cinéma américain, mais qu'importe! Combien de tableaux Van Gogh a-t-il vendu? Combien d'exemplaires Rimbaud a-t-il écoulé?
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La photographie de Julie de Waroquier par Julie de Waroquier, publié le 05/12/2014
Julie de Waroquier, normalienne en philosophie, a participé au parcours de formation écriture et photographie proposé par l’ENS de Lyon et l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles. A l’invitation du chargé des affaires culturelles de l'ENS, David Gauthier, elle a exposé dans la galerie "La Librairie" une sélection de photos issues de la série Rêvalités (du 15 octobre au 12 décembre 2014). Nous avons ici le plaisir de vous faire découvrir le travail de cette jeune photographe au travers de cinq photos sur les thèmes de l’eau, de la rencontre et de la tension entre rêve et réalité.
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Avital Ronell on authority par 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.
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The Night of the Hunter / La nuit du chasseur (Charles Laughton - 1955) par Lionel Gerin, publié le 28/11/2014
Pour inaugurer cette rubrique, je ne pouvais choisir aucun autre film. C'est une œuvre qui m'est chère, unique, dans tous les sens du terme, un diamant noir dans la cinéphilie mondiale, une pierre noire dans la nuit de l'enfance. Charles Laughton, immense acteur (de Mutiny on the Bounty à Quasimodo, de Hobson's Choice à Spartacus, passant de la comédie au drame, du film noir au péplum) réalise là son seul film, qui est depuis une des références absolues des cinéphiles. Les films uniques ont toujours une saveur particulière (que l'on se souvienne de Honeymoon Killers de Leonard Kastle, ou d'Electra Glide in Blue de James William Guercio, par exemple) et cette Nuit du chasseur ne fait pas exception.
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Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift) par ENS Lyon La Clé des Langues, publié le 21/11/2014
Travel books were very fashionable in the eighteenth century. Real travelers sometimes included elements of fiction in their accounts of their wanderings to make them sound more exotic and interesting. In Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift makes fun of this literary genre by introducing a fictitious traveler, Gulliver, who tells us about his encounters with strange creatures and countries. Gulliver's first person narrative is introduced by a fake publisher's note which is also written in the first person...
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The educational system in the United States: an overview par Daniel Wright, publié le 10/11/2014
In general, we have what is called a federal system, where there is a lot of power that States have, and then cities within states and even smaller municipalities within cities can make their own rules. And education is a good example of where it can really depend on where you are. The requirements can be very different from place to place and the type of schools that are offered can vary very much from state to state...
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Jeux vidéo et cinéma à rebours du mouvement transhumaniste : le cas de District 9 par Julien Buseyne, publié le 07/11/2014
District 9 de Neil Blomkamp (2009) projette la structure de l’Apartheid dans un univers de science-fiction où les extraterrestres dont le vaisseau s’est échoué au dessus de Johannesburg sont victimes d’une forme de ségrégation. En marge de son thème principal, c’est à dire la projection de la mécanique d’oppression entre humains sur le canevas de la science-fiction, District 9 illustre aussi un procédé technique qui constitue le ressort principal du jeu vidéo : la projection des sens et du corps dans un système technique. Cinéma, télévision et jeux vidéo partageant les mêmes schèmes de la pratique audiovisuelle, les convergences entre ces domaines ne sont pas rares. Par la mise en scène de la technologie extra-terrestre, Disctrict 9 expose une grammaire de la captation de l’être sensible dans un système technique qui étend ses sens et ses potentialités, trait qu’il partage avec le jeu vidéo. Il s’agit là d’un acte politique qui s’oppose à la pensée transhumaniste, et affiche une convergence frappante avec les systèmes d’immersion dans les univers numériques actuellement à l’étude. Cette prise de position est cohérente avec le discours humaniste déroulé par cette œuvre, et s’inscrit dans la continuité de celles qui explorent la relation entre l’humain et la machine.
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Fractions et infractions dans The Heart of Whiteness de Rehad Desai : les stigmates de l’apartheid par Stéphane Sitayeb, publié le 06/11/2014
Stéphane Sitayeb propose une analyse de The Heart of Whiteness (2005), un road movie documentaire de Rehad Desai qui interroge l’identité des blancs en Afrique du Sud. L’Afrikaner est-il un étranger en Afrique ou un autochtone ? Desai étudie les stigmates de l’Apartheid sur la société sud-africaine contemporaine en observant les clivages qui opposent encore aujourd’hui les noirs et les blancs dont certains s’estiment victimes d’une ségrégation inversée, une vengeance de la population noire. Le réalisateur cultive une double stratégie de camouflage et d’exposition, ainsi que la technique du contrepoint : c’est uniquement dans la superposition entre discours et image, dans la lecture connexe du monologue en voix-off et de l’esthétique audio-visuelle que se révèle la corrélation entre fractions raciales et infractions juridiques.
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La Princesse et la Grenouille, une vision de l'Afrique en Amérique par Ethel Montagnani, publié le 06/11/2014
Spécialiste de Walt Disney et de la langue produite par Disney pour ses films d’animation, Ethel Montagnani nous parle de la vision de la communauté noire par Disney et particulièrement dans La Princesse et la Grenouille. Au fil des années, les studios Disney, fidèles à leur idéologie, et se présentant comme les heureux promoteurs des civilisations du monde, nous ont entraîné partout autour du globe. Ou plus exactement, partout, tout autour de leur vision du globe. On peut ainsi penser que la Chine, vue par les Studios, se résume à Mulan. L'Afrique a plus de chance puisqu'elle est représentée dans plusieurs films comme Le Roi Lion ou encore Tarzan. Toutefois, si ces deux films montrent des images saisissantes de la beauté des paysages africains, ils ne montrent rien de la complexité des rapports humains qui ont prévalu en Afrique du Sud pendant l'Apartheid. Pour s'en faire une idée, il faudra attendre la première princesse noire de l'histoire des Studios Disney, Tiana et son film La Princesse et la Grenouille, qui lui se déroule... en Louisiane, Mississippi, aux Etats-Unis.
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Présentation de Come Back Africa (Lionel Rogosin, 1959, US 82 minutes) par Monique Peyriere, publié le 05/11/2014
Après avoir réalisé un film sur les sans-abris aux Etats-Unis, Lionel Rogosin part avec une équipe de tournage en Afrique du Sud en déclarant aux autorités locales qu’il veut produire un documentaire sur la musique. Filmé clandestinement par un réalisateur américain blanc dans Sophiatown, un township noir de Johannesburg, Come Back Africa nous montre la vie des communautés noires sous l’apartheid. Entres brimades et défiance, le film de Lionel Rogosin expose les relations blancs/noirs dans l’Afrique du Sud des années 50. Les militants y jouent leur propre rôle dans un scénario de fiction qui nous invite à découvrir le ghetto au travers du regard d’un nouvel arrivant, Zacharia. Les images ont pu sortir d'Afrique du Sud pour être montées aux Etats-Unis puis diffusées dans le monde entier ; c’est un film politique, le premier à dénoncer l’Apartheid.
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Bertrand Tavernier sur le cinéma américain par Bertrand Tavernier, Clifford Armion, publié le 20/10/2014
Dans le cadre du Festival Lumière 2014, Bertrand Tavernier évoque certaines grandes étapes de l’histoire du cinéma américain depuis les années 20 jusqu’aux années 60. Ancien critique, celui que l’on connait surtout pour ses films (L'Horloger de Saint-Paul, Un Dimanche à la campagne, Dans la brume électrique…) est aussi l’auteur de plusieurs livres sur le cinéma, notamment Amis Américains, un important ouvrage d’entretiens avec les grands auteurs d’Hollywood (Institut Lumière/Actes Sud, 2008).
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Scotland’s No par Alistair Cole, publié le 29/09/2014
Shortly before the Scottish referendum on independence, I visited the impressive city of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. Though the Scottish referendum eventually produced a No of over 55%, the once second largest city in the Empire was one of only four districts to vote Yes (just over 53%). I had correctly judged the atmosphere in this city, but elsewhere the story was rather different. In 28 of the remaining 32 districts, the No vote carried the day, including in SNP stronghold areas such as Angus and Perthshire...
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David Treuer: Forgotten World / Forgotten Words par David Treuer, publié le 18/09/2014
We speak confidently and playfully about the “death of the author” but not one wants to seriously consider the death of literature. But this is precisely what we risk when we treat literature as ethnography, or worse, as the last living remnants of what seem to be vanishing cultures. We don’t read novels, at any rate, to educate ourselves. Or if we do we shouldn’t. And if we do commit this soul error we don’t enjoy novels because of the information they contain. Rather, we enjoy them, we clutch novels to our very souls because they move us, surprise us, transport us, entertain us, shock us, and (ultimately) trick us into caring about people and places that don’t exist and never existed.
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Qui est Tagore ? par Azarie Aroulandom, publié le 16/09/2014
Au vingtième siècle, la culture fut dominée par un immense génie Rabindranath Tagore, l’un des plus grands philosophes et poètes de l’histoire du monde. On a dit de Rabindranath Tagore (7 mai 1861-7 août 1941) qu’il fut le Léonard de Vinci de la Renaissance bengali. Tagore naît le 7 mai 1861 au Bengale, à Calcutta, la plus importante ville de l’Inde à cette époque. Il est le quatorzième enfant d’une famille aisée, il grandit dans l’ombre d’un père savant et réformateur religieux. Dans une vision prophétique, son père lui donna le prénom « Robindra » qui signifie le soleil « car plus tard comme lui, il ira par le monde et le monde sera éclairé ».
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Charulata (la femme solitaire) : Tagore / Ray par Giovanni Robbiano, publié le 16/09/2014
Charulata (1964) est également connu sous son titre anglais : The Lonely Wife (La femme solitaire). Ce film est une adaptation du roman Nastanirh (Le nid brisé) de Rabindranath Tagore, publié en 1901. Les acteurs principaux sont Madhabi Mukherjee, Sailen Mukjerjee et Soumitra Chatterjee dans les rôles principaux de Chârulatâ, son mari Bhupati et son cousin Amal. Comme la plupart des films de Ray, ce film est en noir et blanc et dure 117 minutes. Il en a également composé la musique. Il a été produit par R. D. Banshai, et le directeur de la photo était Subrata Mitra. Celui-ci a fait la photo de la plupart des films de Ray et en particulier de ses premiers chefs-d'œuvre : la Trilogie d'Apu : Pather Panchali (La complainte du sentier, 1955), Apu Sansar (Le monde d’Apu, 1959) et Aparajito (L’Invaincu, 1956).
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Nikolai Grozni: The Whispers of Music Lost par Nikolai Grozni, publié le 10/09/2014
“Only the words break the silence, all other sounds have ceased,” writes Beckett in his Texts for Nothing. Or does he sing it? If words were the only sounds, then a sentence would be the only melody. We might never understand which came first—the words or the melody. Perhaps the first humans knew how to sing long before they knew how to talk. In this Dionysian vision of antiquity, all mortals were originally musicians. Music was the only thing that mattered. People understood each other by inventing mimetic melodies and singing together in tune. They appeared, loved, suffered, worshipped the gods and died like opera singers on stage.
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American Indians - A conversation with David Treuer par David Treuer, Clifford Armion, publié le 08/09/2014
David Treuer took part in the eighth edition of the Assises Internationales du Roman, organised by the Villa Gillet and Le Monde. He answered our questions on his involvement in the protection of Indian culture.
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Living, Thinking, Looking - A conversation with Siri Hustvedt par Siri Hustvedt, Clifford Armion, publié le 26/08/2014
Siri Hustvedt took part in the eighth edition of the Assises Internationales du Roman, organised by the Villa Gillet and Le Monde. She answered our questions on her collection of essays, Living, Thinking, Looking.
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The Salvation (Kristian Levring) par Clifford Armion, publié le 25/08/2014
Nous sommes dans les années 1870, quelque part dans le Far West américain. Jon (Mads Mikkelsen), un pionnier danois, vient de retrouver sa famille fraîchement immigrée après plusieurs années de séparation. Mais le fermier, qui se trouve être un ancien soldat, est brutalement tiré de sa vie laborieuse et tranquille par le frère d’un violent chef de gang… Avec Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mikael Persbrandt et les participations d'Eric Cantona et Jonathan Pryce.
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"a" (Stewart O’Nan) par Stewart O’Nan, publié le 03/07/2014
Chaque année, les invités des Assises Internationales du Roman rédigent la définition d'un mot de leur choix : il s'agit ici du mot "a", défini par l'auteur américain Stewart O’Nan.
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Sofi Oksanen: They fooled you - Greetings from the countries bordering Russia par Sofi Oksanen, publié le 01/07/2014
When I was a kid, my Estonian family never watched TV. Not because they disliked TV-shows, but because Soviet-TV was pure zombie-propaganda. Finland was my other homeland and when we got back to Finland, after visiting my Estonian family, switching on the television was one of the first things we did. It was like opening a window. I can still smell that moment, when my lungs were filled with free air, though I wouldn't have used that word at the time – free.
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The Last Hundred Days - A conversation with Patrick MacGuinness par Patrick MacGuinness, Clifford Armion, publié le 24/06/2014
Patrick MacGuinness took part in the eighth edition of the Assises Internationales du Roman, organised by the Villa Gillet and Le Monde. He answered our questions on his first novel, The Last Hundred Days.
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Redemption Song (Lorna Goodison) par Lorna Goodison, publié le 02/06/2014
Chaque année, les invités des Assises Internationales du Roman rédigent la définition d'un mot de leur choix : il s'agit ici de "redemption song", défini par l'écrivaine jamaïquaine Lorna Goodison.
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Rebellion (Rachel Cusk) par Rachel Cusk, publié le 30/05/2014
Chaque année, les invités des Assises Internationales du Roman rédigent la définition d'un mot de leur choix : il s'agit ici du mot "rebellion", défini par l'écrivaine anglaise Rachel Cusk.
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Variable (Kevin Powers) par Kevin Powers, publié le 26/05/2014
Chaque année, les invités des Assises Internationales du Roman rédigent la définition d'un mot de leur choix : il s'agit ici du mot "variable", défini par l'auteur américain Kevin Powers.
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La Pensee Sauvage (David Treuer) par David Treuer, publié le 21/05/2014
Chaque année, les invités des Assises Internationales du Roman rédigent la définition d'un mot de leur choix : il s'agit ici de "la pensée sauvage", définie par l'auteur américain David Treuer.
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Swim Little Fish Swim (Lola Bessis et Ruben Amar) par Clifford Armion, publié le 13/05/2014
Après Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach, 2013), voici une nouvelle comédie New Yorkaise rafraîchissante. Production franco-américaine de Ruben Amar et Lola Bessis, Swim Little Fish Swim nous plonge dans l’univers de la colocation assumée. Une jeune artiste française, Lilas, squatte le canapé d’un couple que tout semble séparer. Leeward, musicien qui n’a jamais enregistré un disque, croit en l’idéologie contestataire des années 60 et refuse de compromettre son ‘intégrité artistique’ pour gagner de l’argent. Mary, infirmière fatiguée, rêve d’une petite maison de banlieue avec des meubles IKEA et un arbre devant...
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Wave (Kate O’Riordan) par Kate O'Riordan, publié le 15/04/2014
Chaque année, les invités des Assises Internationales du Roman rédigent la définition d'un mot de leur choix : il s'agit ici du mot "wave", défini par l'auteure irlandaise Kate O'Riordan.
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The gun control debate in the US par James B. Jacobs, Claire Richard, publié le 08/04/2014
I consider myself a gun control skeptic. I do not believe, at this point in our history, with 300 millions firearms in private hands, and a constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and a political situation in which there is a very very small number of politicians who are willing to take a strong position on firearms, that there is a serious potential for regulatory controls. I don’t think that will happen. There is no magic bullet, if you can excuse the phrase, that will change American violence, but the good news is that it has been reduced substantially over the last 25 years....
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What's a hero? par Susan Neiman, publié le 01/04/2014
When talking about heroes I’ve often been asked if I could please drop the problematic term ‘hero’ in favor of the term ‘role model’. I cannot, since the word role model is part of the problem: a sterile term that social scientists invented in 1957, which simply doesn’t work the way the word heroes does: to inspire, to challenge, to light fires for (and under) people of whatever age who need to be reminded that there is more to their lives than they are told to be resigned to. When attempting to use the word hero in a BBC discussion I was attacked by an interlocutor who justified her refusal to use the old-fashioned word ‘hero’ because “Hitler and Stalin were heroes.”
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Remembering 9/11 - Politics of Memory par Marita Sturken, Claire Richard, publié le 31/03/2014
One of the reasons I was interested in trying to unpack the meanings of kitsch memory culture, say for instance in relationship to 9/11, is precisely the ways in which it creates this culture of comfort, that allows us to feel reassured. And that allows us to not confront the larger questions, about the project of American empire, about the project of national identity, about our priorities and our values as a nation, and about the kind of sacrifices that we have demanded on those serving in the armed forces, and all of the ways in which many families and many communities were really devastated by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...
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Finding the Way par Gunnar Olsson, publié le 17/03/2014
Gunnar Olsson explore l'influence du vocabulaire et des méthodes des géographes sur la pensée, la création littéraire, la religion et les arts. How do I find my way in the power-filled world of hopes and fears, truths and lies, love and hate, freedom and repression? By approaching it as if it was made of sticks and stones, mountains and rivers, as if it could be captured in a coordinate net of up and down, front and back, left and right..
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Free Angela and All Political Prisoners par Clifford Armion, publié le 28/02/2014
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners is a documentary that chronicles the events surrounding the trial of Angela Davis in 1971. It was directed by Shola Lynch and released in 2012 (US).
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An interview with Jonathan Coe (Expo 58) par Jonathan Coe, Clifford Armion, publié le 18/02/2014
Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. His novels include The Rotters' Club, The Accidental Woman, A Touch of Love, The Dwarves of Death, What a Carve Up!, which won the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger and The Rain Before it Falls. His latest novel is Expo 58.
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Scotland’s Hour of Choice: The 2014 Referendum Campaign par Alistair Cole, publié le 09/02/2014
With the Scottish independence referendum campaign in full swing, it is difficult to stand back and evaluate the position of Scotland in a dispassionate way. Scottish citizens will shortly be called upon to decide whether they agree or not with the proposition that ‘Scotland should be an Independent country’.
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Angela Davis posters par Clifford Armion, publié le 07/02/2014
On October 13, 1970, Angela Davis was arrested in New York City by FBI agents. She soon became a global icon suggesting freedom, resilience, and the struggle for equality. Her image was used to illustrate many causes that sometimes had little to do with racial discrimination or the American Civil Rights movement.
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Pictures Versus the World par Barbie Zelizer, publié le 24/01/2014
For as long as pictures have been among us, they have generated an uneasy mix of suspicion and awe. Perhaps nowhere is that as much the case as with journalism, where pictures are implicated in the larger truth-claims associated with the news. Aligned with a certain version of modernity, pictures are expected to establish and maintain journalism as the legitimate platform for giving shape to events of the real world. Consider how public response to acts of terror, war and natural disaster is affected by decisions not to depict them. Without pictures to show the news, journalism’s capacity to render the real and make it accessible is compromised.
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Susan Neiman on heroism par Susan Neiman, Clifford Armion, publié le 20/01/2014
I think we’re very confused about the subject of heroism. I began to get interested in the subject when I realised that we are actually at a historical cesure since the end of the Second World War. It used to be the case although there were many different conceptions of heroism. It used to be unquestioned that everyone wanted to be a hero, and everybody wanted to be a better hero than the next person. What has happened in the last fifty years or so is that the notion of the hero has in many ways been replaced by the notion of the victim.
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Much Ado About Nothing (Joss Whedon) par Clifford Armion, publié le 20/01/2014
En adaptant cette comédie de Shakespeare, Joss Whedon marche dans les pas de l’illustre Kenneth Branagh qui avait fait de Much Ado un film remarqué en 1993. Le pari pouvait sembler ambitieux, même prétentieux, et pourtant le résultat est une comédie de mœurs toute en finesse qui respecte et met en valeur l’œuvre du dramaturge élisabéthain.
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Minorities and democracy par Siddhartha Deb, publié le 17/01/2014
In 1916, the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore delivered a series of lectures that would eventually be collected into the book, Nationalism. Tagore was writing in the glow of his own celebrity (he had just won the Nobel Prize for literature) and from within the heart of the crisis engulfing the modern world, two years into the slow, grim war that had converted Europe into a labyrinth of trenches covered over with clouds of poison gas. For Tagore, this was the tragic but inevitable outcome of a social calculus that valued efficiency, profit and, especially, the spirit of us versus them that bonded together the inhabitants of one nation and allowed them to go out, conquer and enslave other people, most of them members of no nation at all.
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Rencontre avec Randall Kennedy par Randall Kennedy, Kédem Ferré, publié le 10/01/2014
Harvard Law Professor Randall Kennedy answered Aiguerande 11th graders before a conference at the Hôtel de Région for the Villa Gillet Mode d'Emploi festival, on 24 November 2013 in Lyon, France. The meeting was organised by the Villa Gillet and La Clé des Langues, and was prepared by Kédem Ferré and his students.
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Barbie Zelizer on the power of images par Barbie Zelizer, Clifford Armion, publié le 06/01/2014
Barbie Zelizer is a Professor of Communication, and holds the Raymond Williams Chair of Communication and is Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. A former journalist, Professor Zelizer's work focuses on the cultural dimensions of journalism, with a specific interest in journalistic authority, collective memory, and journalistic images in times of crisis and war. She also works on the impact of disciplinary knowledge on academic inquiry.
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Family Histories par Ian Buruma, publié le 16/12/2013
When I was at primary school in the Netherlands in the late 1950s and early 1960s, history was still taught as a story of great men, kings, generals, national heroes, and of course great villains, mostly foreigners. In our case, this meant a succession of Williams of Orange, Admiral Tromp, Philip II, the Duke of Alva, Napoleon, Hitler, and so on. As a reaction to this kind of thing, historians of the left began to focus on systems: fascist, late capitalist, communist, totalitarian. Hannah Arendt’s take on the Eichmann trial, though not the work of a typical leftist, contributed to this tendency, as did the work of Adorno. I have often suspected that they favored systemic analyses, because they couldn’t bring themselves to face what had gone so badly wrong specifically in their beloved Germany. The responsibility of Germans, such as Heidegger, was not the issue; it had to be a systemic failure.
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Taking History Personnally par Cynthia Carr, publié le 12/12/2013
Two black men were lynched in Marion, Indiana, on the night of August 7, 1930. That was my father’s hometown, the town where I have my roots, and I heard this story when I was a little girl: The night it happened someone called my grandfather, whose shift at the Post Office began at three in the morning. "Don’t walk through the courthouse square tonight on your way to work," the caller said. "You might see something you don’t want to see." Apparently that was the punchline, which puzzled me. Something you don’t want to see. Then laughter. I was in my late twenties — my grandfather long dead — when I first came upon the photo of this lynching in a book. It has become an iconic image of racial injustice in America: two black men in bloody tattered clothing hang from a tree and below them stand the grinning, gloating, proud and pleased white folks.
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Doug Saunders on migration par Doug Saunders, Clifford Armion, publié le 05/12/2013
Migration almost always follows the same pattern. It doesn’t go from one country to another country. It goes from a cluster of villages or a sub-rural region to specific urban neighbourhoods. Those urban neighbourhoods which are usually low-income, with low housing cost, serve as the bottom rung of the ladder for people arriving in a new country.
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Are You Going to Write That in Your Book? par Siddhartha Deb, publié le 03/12/2013
Born in north-eastern India in 1970, Siddhartha Deb is the recipient of grants from the Society of Authors in the UK and has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies at Harvard University. His latest book, a work of narrative nonfiction, ((The Beautiful and the Damned)), was a finalist for the Orwell Prize in the UK and the winner of the PEN Open award in the United States. His journalism, essays, and reviews have appeared in Harpers, The Guardian, The Observer, The New York Times, Bookforum, The Daily Telegraph, The Nation, n+1, and The Times Literary Supplement.
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We’re All Translators Now par Esther Allen, publié le 15/11/2013
As our language ceases to dominate cyberspace (our share of the Web has fallen to about 27%), we English speakers are hesitantly stepping out of our monolingual sphere and evincing renewed interest in foreign tongues. Language learning websites like Livemocha and Matador Network seem to crop up like mushrooms, Rosetta Stone is a publicly traded company whose stock is up 41% year to date, and last year’s top-rated YouTube video — remember? —was in Korean (with a few repetitions of “hey sexy lady” thrown in for nostalgia’s sake).
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