In a talk targeting graduate students and junior scholars, Professor Kritzman will talk about the Institute for French Cultural Studies as a model for the discipline, and discuss theroles of literature, language and theory.
Lawrence Kritzman is Professor of French & Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College, and is a leading academic authority on psychoanalysis, 16th- and 20th-century French literature and culture, intellectual history, and critical theory. He is also a prolific and respected public scholar and advocate for French Studies, who has published on contemporary politics and is frequently interviewed by French and English media. In recognition of his work as a cultural ambassador, he has received many honors from the French government, most recently membership in the Legion d'Honneur (2012) and the Societe d'histoire litteraire de la France (2013). Some of his many single-authored books include influential studies of Renaissance gender and sexuality, and rhetoric and imagination in Montaigne. He is a co-author, editor, and general "rassembleur" of leading scholars of Francophone intellectual culture, an example of which is the monumental Columbia History of Twentieth Century French Thought (2006). He is also the founder of the Institute of French Cultural Studies, a unique professional development workshop for younger scholars entering the profession.