A French "Connaissance de l'Est"?
Northeast Modern Language Association Conference
April 12-15, 2018, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The East as a term of distinction from the Orient poses a particular challenge to French and Francophone intellectuals. While the Orient per se is just on the other side of the Mediterranean from France, the East, as in the title of Claudel's noted work, remains dimly limned, it could be argued, in the mind of the French-language writer. What knowledge do French-language writers have of the "East," as an umbrella signifier for the lands that stretch from India to Japan? Do the French have some knowledge of the East, and how is it constituted? What literary history could be compiled that speaks to French understanding of the region? This panel seeks to articulate the history of French knowledge of the East through literature and critical theory, especially in modern and contemporary times.
Please submit a 250-word abstract and bio through the NeMLA panel site from June 15th to September 30th, 2016: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/User/SubmitAbstract/16789.
Matt Reeck, PhD Candidate, UCLA