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Lost in Translation - SPARK Talk
Online via Teams

SPARK Festival Lost

Location: Online

Join Dr Qian Liu (SMLC) and Dr Florin-Stefan Morar from City University of Hong Kong for an interactive, intercultural SPARK talk on how literature can be Lost in Translation, affecting issues of gender, diversity, and inclusion on Wednesday 20th October 2021, 9am (UK time) - info here.

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CADRE - PhD Survival Guide
Online via Teams
This event has been organised by CADRE. For any enquiries please contact cadre@warwick.ac.uk.
Aimed at Arts & Humanities PGR students in their first term of study. This session, led by Prof. Jenny Burns (Director of CADRE), will include discussion on how to build an effective working relationship with your supervisor. You will also be encouraged to consider key milestones for your year one research and have the chance to share some effective working practices with your peers.

 

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Interdisciplinary French Studies Seminar - Colin Davis
Online via Teams

All seminars will take place on Microsoft Teams, 6pm-7.30pm UK time. All are welcome. To access the events please click on the Teams link for the relevant seminar, displayed below. We recommend you download the (free) Teams app for ease of access. Please email the convenor, Oliver Davis, at O.Davis@warwick.ac.uk, with any questions. Recordings of papers from 2020-21 can be accessed here.

Colin Davis (RHUL)
Interpretation and Overinterpretation: Camus’s ‘Jonas ou l’artiste au travail’

This paper has three parts. The first revisits issues in hermeneutic theory concerning interpretation and overinterpretation, with reference to Gadamer, Eco and other theorists. How do we acknowledge the fluidity of meaning whilst retaining a sense that some interpretations are better than others? How do we distinguish between creative overreading and mere error or nonsense? The second part attempts a reading of Albert Camus’s short story ‘Jonas ou l’artiste au travail’, from the collection L’Exil et le royaume, giving particular weight to its epigraph from the Biblical Book of Jonah. My suggestion is that, whilst foregrounding a self-ironising portrait of the artist as flawed and all-too-human, the epigraph and its resonance through the story suggest a much more Romantic vision of the artist as the unacknowledged saviour of humankind. The third part of the paper attempts to look back, self-reflexively, on the interpretive moves involved in this reading, to assess its plausibility and value.

Colin Davis is Emeritus Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, having previously held posts at Cambridge, Oxford and Warwick. His work focuses mainly on the connections between literature, film and philosophy. His most recent publications include Traces of War: Interpreting Ethics and Trauma in Twentieth-Century French Writing (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2018), Freedom and the Subject of Theory: Essays in Honour of Christina Howells, co-edited with Oliver Davis (Oxford: Legenda, 2019), The Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma, co-edited with Hanna Meretoja (London and New York: Routledge, 2020), and Silent Renoir: Philosophy and the Interpretation of Early Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).

To join the seminar on Teams click here.