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Dissertation Defense for School in France Faculty Member

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Audrey Lasserre, a faculty member in French literature at Middlebury College School in France since 2003, brilliantly defended her doctoral thesis in French Literature at Civilization at the l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 on December 3rd. Please click here for her dissertation defense details : http://www.univ-paris3.fr/soutenance-de-these-mme-audrey-lasserre-296151.kjsp?RH=1233068248160

We wish to congratulate her and wish her the best of luck in all her future endeavors, which we hope will still include Middlebury in France. Her successful defense represents the culminating point of years of research and writing (the results of which take the form of a 711 page document) and are proud to share the fact the she already has a publisher interested in the manuscript.

Below you’ll find a short summary of her dissertation :

The Women’s Liberation Movement (MLF) was not only a political and social movement, but one of the last, if not the very last, literary avant-garde that France has experienced. From an international perspective, the activity of the literary women within the movement represents one of the fundamental principles of the fight for women’s rights in France. The demonstrators, who publicly placed a bouquet of flowers for the unknown wife of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe on August 26th 1970, are for some, and are soon to become for others, women writers. Ten years later, the MLF, a recently registered trademark with the National Institute for Intellectual Property Rights, belongs to the editor, Antoinette Fouque, promotor of female writing. Within the space determined by these two fixed points, there exists a collection of texts that adhere to two major trends – although antagonistic – of the movement, Feminism on one hand and Neofeminity, or the praise for “difference”, on the other hand. Mirroring each other, a dual editorial form develops, sharing publishers and scholarly journals, into two distinct literary and militant factions. For ten years, literature served the purpose of the Women’s Liberation Movement as much as the latter promoted literature, each influencing and informing the other by practice and thought. It is precisely this coexistence between literature and the Women’s Liberation Movement that the present dissertation proposes to examine, in order to trace the political movement that was and made itself literary, and, by the same token, a literature that was and made itself political. At the same time, the dissertation continues the question asked of literature by an entire women’s movement, challenging its assigned definitions and pushing back its boundaries.

 

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Celebrating Student Volunteer Work in Bordeaux

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DSCN0048 DSCN0086 DSCN0088 DSCN0091 DSCN0093 DSCN0095The city of Bordeaux and the Bordeaux chapter of France Bénévolat organized a reception on December 10th at the town hall in honor of our students who all volunteered their time this semester, in addition to a full courseload. In the presence of Philippe Chevalier, President of France Bénévolat Bordeaux Gironde (http://www.francebenevolat.org/), the Deputy Mayor of Bordeaux, Responsible for Community Engagement, Ms. Anne Drézillon (http://www.bordeaux.fr/ebx/LinkResolverServlet?classofcontent=eluCM&id=2629) individually recognized and thanked the following students for their active participation in and enthusiasm for their respective volunteering expériences : Yerlin Baez and Samuel Chase (Banque alimentaire 33) ; Jake Barker (GP IntenCité) ; Charlotte Fairless (Maison de Marie); Lauren Goff (Société Saint-Vincent de Paul) ; Halle Gustafson (Les Blouses Roses) ; Emilie Munson (Radio CHU) ; Katherine Tercek (Promofemmes) and May Harris (Centre d’Animation Jeunesse de Talence).  The School in France wishes to thank again the City of Bordeaux for a lovely evening had by all and especially the team of France Bénévolat in Bordeaux for making this opportunity possible for our students (current and future!) And last but not least a huge thank you to the students in question ; you made a difference this semester and your contribution was visibly much appreciated by your host organizations – merci!

 

 

 

Photo Story: An Afternoon at the Château Vaux le Vicomte

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Professor Xavier Le Person accompanied a group of students to the Château Vaux le Vicomte  (http://www.vaux-le-vicomte.com/) last Saturday where they explored the Château and its extensive gardens. We’ll let the photos of the visit speak for themselves! Photo credits: Xavier Le Person and Julia Seavey. image[2] image[6] image[9] image[10] image[13] image[17]

Upcoming Violette Leduc Conference Features Middlebury in France Faculty

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Anaïs Frantz de Spot, a faculty member of the School in France and a Lecturer and Research Scholar at the University of Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle, and colleagues from the “Violette Leduc” research unit at ITEM (Institut des Textes et Manuscrits modernes), are organizing a symposium this Friday and Saturday, October 17-18th 2014, on 20th-century French author, Violette Leduc.  2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of one her most well-known texts, her autobiography: La Bâtarde.  The symposium will take place at the Ecole normale supérieure and Paris 3 and will focus on the state of current research on the author and her works. For further information on Violette Leduc, please consult the following web page, http://violetteleduc.net/,  and for detailed information on Anaïs Frantz de Spot’s research interests and teaching experience, please click here : http://anaisfrantz.net/.
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Upcoming Violette Leduc Conference Features Middlebury in France Faculty

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Anaïs Frantz de Spot, a faculty member of the School in France and a Lecturer and Research Scholar at the University of Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle, and colleagues from the “Violette Leduc” research unit at ITEM (Institut des Textes et Manuscrits modernes), are organizing a symposium this Friday and Saturday, October 17-18th 2014, on 20th-century French author, Violette Leduc.  2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of one her most well-known texts, her autobiography: La Bâtarde.  The symposium will take place at the Ecole normale supérieure and Paris 3 and will focus on the state of current research on the author and her works. For further information on Violette Leduc, please consult the following web page, http://violetteleduc.net/,  and for detailed information on Anaïs Frantz de Spot’s research interests and teaching experience, please click here : http://anaisfrantz.net/.
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Royal Patronage in 17th-Century France

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The very same weekend as the “Journées du Patrimoine 2014” (the 2014 edition of French Heritage Days), students enjoyed a sunny walk through Paris led by Xavier Le Person, Professor of Modern History at the Université Paris-Sorbonne-Paris 4, Sciences Po-Paris, and Middlebury College’s School in France. Professor Le Person, who teaches a course at the Madeleine Center on the Grand Siècle (17th-century) in France, led them through historic Paris retracing the rebuilding of the city under the patronage of 17th century French kings and nobles : the walk included stops at the Louvre, the Pont Neuf and the Place Dauphine, amongst other sites.  Two other excursions are organized and offered to students during the course of the semester: one to the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and a second to the Château de Chantilly.September 20th, 2014

Fields Medalist from Paris Diderot-Paris 7

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math on the blackboardAttention all francophone Math students in the U.S.! You might be interested to know that one of the recent awardees of a Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians (Seoul, August 2014), Artur Avila, is a Franco-Brazilian research scholar at the University of Paris Diderot-Paris 7, one of Middlebury’s partner universities; the city of Paris and the university just welcomed him back with fanfare: http://www.univ-paris-diderot.fr/sc/site.php?bc=accueil&np=pageActu&ref=6458.   For more information on the prize and its importance to the field of mathematics in France, please click here: http://www.lemonde.fr/mathematiques/article/2014/09/01/artur-avila-les-maths-pour-dynamique_4479999_1650729.html. And, finally, for detailed information on the Mathematics Department at Paris 7, please visit their website: https://www.math.univ-paris-diderot.fr/.