RGRLL Lecture: Writing in Two Languages: An Encounter with French Author Jean-Christophe Valtat

Writing in Two Languages: An Encounter with French Author Jean-Christophe Valtat

Born in 1968 Jean-Christophe Valtat has published a book of short stories, Album (Léo Scheer, 2003), and two novels for Gallimard: Exes (1997) and 03 (2005), which was published in the USA by Farrar Strauss & Giroux in June 2010. His first novel in English, Aurorarama, was published by Melville Publishing House in August 2010. He also wrote and co-directed the movie Augustine (2003).  Valtat won the Fondation Beaumarchais-France Culture-Villa Médicis prize for the radio play La vie inimitable (2000). Educated at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, he received his Ph.D. in 2000 from Paris III, Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Comparative Literature. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature in the Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand.  The lecture is presented in collaboration with The Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

The lecture will be followed by an introduction of the review The Translators’ French Quarter, which publishes short stories by a variety of authors and the collective as well as individual translations by CSULB students enrolled in “The Art of Translation” class. Dr. Clorinda Donato will introduce Dr. Claudia Gosselin, editor of Strangers in the House, volume IX of the aforementioned review. Dr. Gosselin will present this latest volume of student translation work. The event is free and open to the public! Location:  Location AS-384  Contact:Dr. Laura Ceia, lceiamin@csulb.edu