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Futures of French: Contesting Identities

Eliza Zingesser and François Proulx

Thursday, March 23, 7:00 p.m.

19 University Place, Lecture Hall

Sponsored by the Department of French

If we could today—without the burden or benefit of precedent, tradition, or institutional inertia—invent a field called ‘French and Francophone Studies,’ what would it look like?
– Laurent Dubois & Achille Mbembe

Eliza Zingesser
Assistant Professor, Department of French and Romance Philology, Columbia University
A specialist of medieval French and Occitan literature, Eliza Zingesser is completing a manuscript entitled Stolen Song: How the Troubadours Became French that documents the act of cultural appropriation constituting a founding moment in French literary history. A second book project, Bird
Talk: Avian Poetics in Medieval French and Occitan Literature
, reflects her research interests in animal studies and sound studies.

François Proulx
Assistant Professor, Department of French and Italian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
François Proulx specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature with a larger research focus on gender and sexuality studies. His current book project investigates representations of reading and masculinity in fin-de-siècle France. As a member of the research consortium Proust21, he is also creating a digital critical edition of Marcel Proust’s correspondence.

Chair: Kathrina LaPorta
Postdoctoral Lecturer, Department of French, NYU

Respondent: Joe Johnson
PhD Candidate, Department of French, NYU


Futures of French is a new series highlighting the work of early career scholars. 

In English. Free and open to the public.