Francophone Seminar Keynote Lecture: Aimé Césaire and the Hermeneutical Circle, or, How We Know What We Know

15 May 2018
Tuesday 15 May 2018, 17:00
Main Hall, Taylor Institution

On Tuesday, May 15th 2018 we invite you to the keynote lecture of the Faculty Francophone Seminar: ‘Aimé Césaire and the Hermeneutical Circle, or, How We Know What We Know’ by Professor A. James Arnold. The speaker will share his insight into the works of the famous Martinique author and founder of the négritude movement in Francophone literature.

A. James Arnold is Professor Emeritus of French at the University of Virginia. From 2010 to 2013 he was coordinating editor at the Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes of the École Normale Supérieure (rue d’Ulm) for the centenary edition of Aimé Césaire’s Poésie, Théâtre, Essais et Discours. Since 2013 he has prepared with Clayton Eshleman bilingual editions for Wesleyan University Press, culminating in The Complete Poetry of Aimé Césaire in 2017. The subject of ‘Aimé Césaire and the Hermeneutical Circle, or How We Know What We Know’ is the shift in epistemological assumptions from retrospective to prospective editions of an author’s work. Professor Arnold’s work in progress — ‘Aimé Césaire, Genèse et Transformations d’une poétique’ — will provide illustrative examples.

All are welcome.

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