A Public Lecture by Gisèle Pineau with Professor Florence Ramond Jurney as moderator

November 11, 2016
4:00 pmto5:30 pm

Straub Hall
Room 245
1451 Onyx St.
UO campus

Public Lecture: Le sens de l’écriture de Gisèle Pineau dans le contexte post-colonial français / The Meaning of Gisèle Pineau’s Writing in the French Postcolonial Context

pineau_poster_12x18-oct-2016(in French, with simultaneous translation)

Gisèle Pineau
Born in Paris of Guadeloupean parents in 1956, Gisèle Pineau began her literary studies at the Université de Paris X Nanterre before becoming a psychiatric nurse in 1979. She moved to Guadeloupe and pursued simultaneously her nursing and literary career starting with La Grande drive des esprits (1994), which won several prizes.

Pineau is the author of several books for children and young adults as well as nine novels, including the acclaimed L’Espérance-Macadam (1995), the autobiographical L’Exil selon Julia (1996), and the most recent Cent vies et des poussières (2012) and Les voyages de Merry Sisal (2015). Her novels have been praised for their memorable, resilient characters, their humor and optimistic energy, and their engaging non-linear narratives. Each novel explores, among many other themes, race, gender, sexuality, aging, childhood, memory, slavery, and women’s bodies, within the bittersweet realities of Guadeloupe, Martinique and Haiti’s relationships to France.

Florence Ramon Jurney
Florence Ramon Jurney (UO Romance Languages, Ph.D. 2002) is professor of French and chair of her department at Gettysburg College, PA. She is the author of Voix/es libres: Maternité et identité féminine dans la littérature antillaise” (2006), and Representations of the Island in Caribbean Literature: Caribbean Women Redefine Their Homelands (2009). Professor Ramond Jurney, a Caribbean studies specialist, edited a special issue of Nouvelle revue francophone dedicated to Pineau’s work and interviewed the author in Guadeloupe.

Additionally to the public lecture, THE ROMANCE LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS:
Gisèle Pineau in dialogue with Professor Florence Ramond Jurney

“Portraits de femmes d’hier et d’aujourd’hui dans les romans de Gisèle Pineau”

(in French, reservations required)
Friday, November 11; 12-1:30 pm
Erb Memorial Union, 231 Cedar Room RSVP fmoore@uoregon.edu

Organized by the Department of Romance Languages. Co-sponsored by the OregonHumanities Center, the Office of International Affairs, the Office of the President, the Graduate School, the Center for the Study of Women in Society, the Clarks Honors College, Comparative Literature, European Studies, and Ethnic Studies. With additional support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy