Writers occupy a privileged position in France’s collective psyche. This is in large part because of the instrumental role they have played over the centuries in forging the national narrative – aptly called le roman national in French. Just as importantly, their creative works have also served to fuel national pride by illustrating the expressive capabilities of the French language – and pushing its boundaries. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the work of the poets.
This cycle of lectures presents an overview of that rich poetic tradition, from its origins in mediaeval times through to the present day.
In doing so, these lectures aim to provide insights not only into the nature and significance of the poetry itself, but also into the way in
which poetry responds to the personal, social and political questions of its time. This will in turn enable us to measure how poetry has
both contributed to and challenged the national narrative through the ages.
Booking is available on the website until the day prior of the event.
Please note that due to the current lockdown in South Australia, we had to cancel the Conference I scheduled on Friday 23 July.
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John West-Sooby is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Adelaide. He has worked for many years on Nicolas Baudin’s voyage of discovery to Australia and has authored or co-produced numerous books and articles on the subject, including Encountering Terra Australis. The Australian Voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders (with Jean Fornasiero and Peter Monteath), French Designs on Colonial New South Wales (with Jean Fornasiero), and The Art of Science: Nicolas Baudin’s Voyagers (1800–1803) (with Jean Fornasiero and Lindl Lawton).
He has also published widely on nineteenth-century French literature and on crime fiction (French and Australian). He currently has two books in preparation: the first is a collection of essays by eminent scholars on the science and the scientists of the Baudin expedition; the second is a volume of essays on French contributions to our cultural life, entitled What have the French ever done for us?
Dr. Romain Fathi is a French historian whose longstanding research interests are concerned with Australian national identity, the First World War and the history of public health. While researching Australian history, Romain is also passionate about the history of his own country, France, where he was born and raised.
He obtained a jointly awarded PhD with Sciences Po (Paris, France) and The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia). Romain studied and taught in several universities including Sciences Po, Yale, the University of Queensland. He now holds a position of Senior Lecturer in History at Flinders University.
For more information on Romain’s research and publications, please see: https://romainfathi.com/my-story
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