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Conference on Autofiction: April 19 -21, 2012

Literature in France Today

presented by the Center for French Civilization and Culture at New York University


AUTOFICTION, combining two apparently contradictory concerns, autobiography and fiction, is the most important mode of writing in contemporary French literature. Serge Doubrovsky, who coined the term, has described autofiction as combining entirely real content and entirely fictional form. Using their real names, authors insert themselves into their own fictions in a search for self.  Following its French beginnings, Autofiction has made headway in many other countries, notably in the U.S.



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THURSDAY APRIL 19  


7:00-9:00 pm

WELCOME and PRESENTATION

CAMILLE LAURENS KEYNOTE: I, Me and You

FRANCISCO GOLDMAN Memoir, shmemmoir


FRIDAY APRIL 20


2:00-5:30 pm

CATHERINE CUSSET The Limits of Autofiction

MICHEL CONTAT Autofiction and Existentialism

DANIEL MENDELSOHN Autofiction Between Writer and Critic

TOM BISHOP From the Nouveau Roman to Autofiction

CATHERINE MILLET A simple question of method


7:00-8:30 pm

SERGE DOUBROVSKY KEYNOTE: Autofiction: Story and History

Discussion


SATURDAY APRIL 21


10:30 am-12:30 pm

ISABELLE GRELL Doubrovsky and the Genesis of Autofiction

PHILIPPE FOREST An Experiment in Autofiction

SIRI HUSTVEDT Memory and the Novel


2:30-5:30 pm

RICK MOODY Against Genre

MICHÈLE BACHOLLE-BOŠKOVIĆ Annie Ernaux: Writing the Self, Writing Life

EUGèNE NICOLE  An Autofiction Bigger Than Myself

GISèLE SAPIRO Title to be announced


All events will take place in Hemmerdinger Hall at NYU
Ground floor, Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, enter on Waverly Place


PRESENTATIONS IN ENGLISH
BRIEF READINGS BY AUTHORS IN FRENCH AND ENGLISH


This conference is made possible by the generous major support of the Florence Gould Foundation
with additional support from Open Skies, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the NYU Humanities Initiative.