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La Figure du Bibliomane

La Figure du Bibliomane

A history of the figure of the bibliomaniac or excessive book-lover. The _bibliomane_ was condemned until the 19th century, at which point it met with veneration in a literary temple of which Flaubert, Stendhal, Nerval, Barbey d’Aurevilly, and Anatole France were so many pillars.


Mémoires du général Toussaint Louverture

Mémoires du général Toussaint Louverture

This edition brings to light the authentic memoir of protest written by Toussaint Louverture, the first black memorialist in French history. Daniel Desormeaux sheds light on the political and ideological dimension of these memoirs which constitute a historical document unique in the genre.


Alexandre Dumas, fabrique d’immortalité

Alexandre Dumas admired from afar the Pantheon and the illustrious dead who had made their way there. Like Chateaubriand, who lamented the fate of the de-pantheonized Mirabeau, he conceived of what could be his glorious tomb: his work itself. This book retraces the posthumous thought that Dumas entertained around his work.


Thémistocle Épaminondas Labasterre (Frédéric Marcelin)

Thémistocle Épaminondas Labasterre (Frédéric Marcelin)

Published in 1901, this is the first volume in a trilogy devoted to Haitian reality which concretises the aesthetic aspirations of a new literary generation. It retraces the destiny of a young idealist who seeks in vain to fight against the cultural mores and tyranny of his time.


Les Biographies littéraires: théories, pratiques et perspectives Nouvelles

Les Biographies littéraires: théories, pratiques et perspectives Nouvelles

Authors’ lives expose the real and imaginary relationships forged between their private inner being and their literary production. Contributors to this volume aim to question the literary work in its relation with its author’s life: what knowledge does biography create? What choices does its practice require?


Tournées Film Festival- February 26th – March 7th

From Feb. 26 to March 7, the 2019 Tournées Film Festival at JHU will bring six contemporary and classic French-language films to Hopkins’ Homewood Campus. This year’s screenings–all free and […]


Screening the Paris Suburbs: From the Silent Era to the 1990s

Screening the Paris Suburbs: From the Silent Era to the 1990s

Decades before the emergence of a French self-styled ‘hood’ film around 1995, French filmmakers looked beyond the gates of the capital for inspiration and content. In the Paris suburbs they […]