University of London Institute in Paris

9-11 rue de Constantine
75007 Paris

The second study day of the Literature under Constraint (LUC) project examines the relationship between literature and reality, in literature in French produced over the last 40 years. In a multidisciplinary perspective, different approaches from literary studies to the social sciences will be used to study the specific constraints of articulating a literary project with a modern day reading experience.


09.15 Welcome and opening of study day by Dominic Glynn (IMLR) and Sébastien Lemerle (Paris-Nanterre)

09:30 Hervé Serry (CNRS); ‘Le risque littéraire aux éditions du Seuil. Les débuts de la collection "Fiction & Cie"’
10:45 Joanne Brueton (ULIP); ‘Self-writing machines: manufacturing the real in contemporary female autobiography (Garréta, Sarraute, Ernaux)'
11:30 Anna-Louise Milne (ULIP); ‘« Entre deux portes », ou quand les contraintes du temps prennent forme dans la ville’
12.45 Lunch

13:30 Dominique Viart (Nanterre); ‘Projets et méthodes des littératures de terrain’
14:45 Alison James (Chicago); ‘Contraintes documentaires et esthétiques de l’empreinte dans la littérature française contemporaine’
16:00 Paul Aron (ULB); ‘Le récit de voyage antidocumentaire’

17.15 Roundtable facilitated by Subha Xavier (Emory) and Jean-Michel Gouvard (Bordeaux)

Vin d’honneur at 18.00


Patricia Sorel (Nanterre), Adina Stroia (KCL), Russell Williams (AUP), Alexandre Gefen (CNRS), Chris Clarke (CUNY), Alain Viala (Oxford)

With the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Event contact

Cathy Collins
020 7862 8738

Institute of Modern Languages Research


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