Denis Provencher (U Arizona): "Treacherous Love Stories"

September 13, 2017 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm

Treachery? Treason? What exactly are these and how do they get woven together with love and romance in a context like the course here at Pitt called “French Kiss?” Not that anything French has anything to do with love, n’est-ce pas? Or does it? Are “all things French” related to kissing, romance, and love stories? Or can they turn treacherous when it involves strangers or enemies? This presentation is somewhat about a hook-up where the Frenchman sleeps with his (German) enemy during WW2 or perhaps with his North-African (Muslim) enemy in the post-9/11 or post-Charlie Hebdo attack era. Good French sexual citizens who collude, fall into bed with, and perhaps fall in love with their post-colonial counterparts. Treacherous love stories filled with trickery, exploitation, and even terrorism.

Denis Provencher is Professor of French; Head of the Department of French & Italian at the University of Arizona; and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Contemporary French Civilization. He is the author of Queer French: Globalization, Language, and Sexual Citizenship in France (Ashgate, 2007) and Queer Maghrebi French: Language, Temporalities, Transfiliations (Liverpool UP, forthcoming 2017).

Organized by the Department of French & Italian and the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. Cosponsored by the University Honors College and the Humanities Center.   

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144 Cathedral of Learning