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Department of French News and Events
Our latest news and events are published here. You can also follow us on Twitter @FrenchSheffield
Fleuves! Our very own magazine-blog in French, entirely written, planned and produced by students, is back with two new issues.
Three years since French Book Group was founded by Dr Karine Zbinden and a new venue (Showroom Café)!
Dr Karine Zbinden (French Studies) and Professor Henk de Berg (Germanic Studies) secured an exclusive interview with renowned French thinker and public intellectual Tzvetan Todorov. Todorov, who received Zbinden and de Berg in his Paris home, has worked extensively on issues of memory, history and the Enlightenment. He is also the author of many books and essays in the broad area of literary and cultural studies.
Performed in French
A brilliant comedy about an author confronted in turn with suspicions of his wife's infidelity, a Romanian journalist, plumbers, telephone interruptions, his mother, an old army pal, a housing inspector and a love-sick, suicidal friend. His housemaid can’t stop crying and, despite his best efforts to remain calm, his world is collapsing around him.
Performed in French
L’Augmentation is the tragi-comic story of one worker’s heroic, pathetic, absurd but persistent attempts to ask his boss for a pay-rise. A brilliant play for times of austerity – and beyond.
Our hectic, but fantastic series of French February 2014 events is almost drawing to a close. Some highlights include:
- Sophie Bevan Masterclass in which 5 of our singers performed
- French Book Group celebrated its 1st birthday
- The French Play 2014 got rave reviews on Twitter and Facebook from its first night!
Keep in touch with what's going on for students, staff and members of the public alike via our Twitter @FrenchSheffield
French February 2014: Performing French Through Music and Poetry
Dr Helen Abbott is leading a series of events in February 2014 centred around French music, poetry and performance.
Designed especially for students in the departments of French and Music (but open to all in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities), and funded in part by the Faculty Student Engagement Awards scheme, the French February 2014 events will see students and staff working alongside leading British soprano Sophie Bevan, and Bloodaxe author Eleanor Brown, exploring how to perform in French, and the challenges of presenting French poetry, song, and drama to broader audiences. The series includes a Masterclass, a Poetry Reading in a pub, a Poetry Translation Workshop, a double-bill of French plays, and a recital of French song.
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La prochaine rencontre du French Book Group, ouvert à tous les francophones de Sheffield et des environs, aura lieu le 20 janvier autour de Michel Houellebecq, Les Particules élémentaires, une oeuvre provocatrice et dense qui devrait susciter des réactions et un débat animé!
Click above for full information on the 2014 French Book Group meeting dates.
A new cultural magazine in French by students in the Department of French launches. Full of interviews, book and film reviews, study abroad placement reports, and much, much more! Check it out at fleuves.eu!
If you're an A-level student thinking of applying to the University of Sheffield, or a languages teacher looking for teaching resources, or a current student in the French department, this is a great online place for you!
The French Play 2014: Les Acteurs de bonne foi/ Le Maître
The French Play returns this year with a double bill of brilliant, short one-act plays: Marivaux’s Les Acteurs de bonne foi and Ionesco’s Le Maître.
Les Acteurs de bonne foi is about putting on a play and what happens when the servants don’t know how to act and their ‘betters’ just act up. Le Maître stages the riotous excitement caused by the imminent arrival of the great Leader. He doesn’t disappoint.
With the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes Conference coming to Sheffield in March 2014, planning is hotting up! The Call for Papers deadline is the end of this month (30 November 2013), but abstracts from all around the world are already flooding in. We're looking forward to hosting colleagues from around the UK, the US, France, and many other places besides! The theme, "The Emotions", opens up rich lines of enquiry into Spleen, Ennui, Weltschmerz, and much more besides! The department has appointed dedicated student intern working on the events management and social media strategy for the conference, and we're liaising with the beautifully restored Halifax Hall where the main sessions of the conference will be held. Watch this space for more info!
It's been a busy week for our French department researchers! Catch up on what's been going on, (and don't miss this evening's talk):
Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson's Furnace Park project which showcases research into French theories of urban regeneration and community arts projects has made the national press in the Times Higher last week (Thurs 31 Oct). Read Matthew Reisz's article & interview here: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/sheffields-furnace-park-forges-scholarly-collaboration/2008522.article
Prof. David Walker's research on Albert Camus has led to him being interviewed on national radio for the Camus centenary - catch up on yesterday's brilliant BBC Radio 3 programme & interview here (Sun 3 Nov): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03g2r5j (or on iPlayer).
Dr Julia Dobson's work on French documentary film practice sees her giving a free talk about Chris Marker at The Showroom this evening (Mon 4 Nov) - to accompany two rare screenings of his socially radical films. A unique opportunity not to miss! Info here: http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/beseeingyou
Follow us on Twitter @FrenchSheffield for updates too!
Calling all first year students to test their translation skills (for a prize)!
In response to the University of Sheffield’s participation in the Booker Prize initiative the Department of French has launched a translation competition for first year students. Students are asked to translate a literary review of the book that will test their translation skills. Deadline for submission is 5pm on Friday November 8th.
There will be a prize for the winning translation (£25 book token).
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