The 3rd Research Seminar of the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures at the University of Tartu.
On Monday September 10th, Professor Sara Bédard-Goulet will give a talk called:
“Uses of Cinema in Les Grandes blondes and Envoyée spéciale by Jean Echenoz.”
The seminar will take place in Jakobi 2-114 at 18.15.
Sara has sent us a short presentation of her lecture:
“In this paper, I will analyse how the cinematographic image can be included in literary works and, more particularly, how it affects contemporary narratives in Jean Echenoz’s novels Les Grandes blondes (1995, translated in English as Big Blondes in 1997) and Envoyée spéciale (2016, translated in English as Special Envoy in 2017). This contemporary French author sustains tight links with cinema, whether through direct references – to certain films, such as Alfred Hitchcock’s – or indirect ones, to film genres (road movie, adventure or spy movies, etc.) or through “cinematographic metalanguage”, which transforms characters into actors and their environment in a set. However, his works cannot be considered within the scope of remake, since they do not aim to re-present entire film sequences nor do they try to extend them. Although, in the context of cinema recycling and re-use, we can consider these novels through what Nicolas Bourriaud calls, in the field of contemporary art, “postproduction” and use this concept in order to identify the stakes and forms of cinema uses in both novels, as well as their effect on the readers.”
Sara Bédard-Goulet is Professor of Romance Studies at the University of Tartu.
Everybody is welcome!
The Research Seminar of the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures is a new, interdisciplinary seminar at the University of Tartu, organized by the professors of the College. It aims to be a forum for scholarly discussion and presentation of ongoing research at the College.