12 avril 2013 - Forms of Contemporary Conceptualism

Organized by Brigitte FÉLIX for "Transferts Critiques et dynamique des savoirs" (EA1569, Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis), in collaboration with Hélène AJI for ELAN (Études en Littérature anglaise et d’Amérique du Nord, CREA, EA 370, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
14h30 Contemporary “Conceptual writing” : a critical overview, from Notes on Conceptualisms (Vanessa Place and RobertFitterman)[H. Aji, B. Félix]
15h15 Conceptualism, abstraction and writing as “intensification of a verbal universe” : A discussion of Percival Everett’s recent poetry and fiction.
Round table moderated by Hélène AJI (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)and Brigitte FÉLIX (Université Paris 8) with Anne-Laure TISSUT (Université de Rouen), Gwen LE COR (Université Paris 8) and Arnaud REGNAULD (Université Paris 8).
16h30 Reading by Percival Everett and Anne-Laure-Tissut
Bilingual reading of excerpts from Erasure /Effacement, of a selection of poems from Swimming Swimmers Swimming, and of excerpts from Percival Everett’s latest novel, Percival Everett by Virgil Russell.
 Percival Everett is a writer and currently a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

 He has written seventeen novelsso far, among whichZulus (1990), God’s Country (1994), Frenzy (1997), Glyph (1999), Erasure (2001), The Water Cure (2007), I Am Not Sidney Poitier (2009), Assumption (2011) and Percival Everett by Virgil Russell (2013).

 He is also the author of a novella, three collections of short stories and of Swimming Swimmers Swimming (2011), his third book of poetry.
 Percival Everett is the recipient of many awards, among which the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for fiction, which he received twice (for Erasure and I am Not Sidney Poitier).