The University of Iowa

Lecture about literary authorship and theater in 18th century France is April 22

April 12th, 2010

Lorraine Piroux, associate professor of French at Rutgers University, will give a talk titled “Between a Hieroglyph and a Spatula: Literary Authorship and Theater in Eighteenth-Century France” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in Room 315 Phillips Hall on the University of Iowa campus.  This event is free and open to the public.

Piroux received her doctorate from Northwestern University.  She is the author of “Le Livre en trompe-l’oeil ou le jeu de la dédicace (The Book as a Game of Dedication): Montaigne, Scarron, Diderot” (1998); “Moins que livres  (Less than Books): An Essay on Illegibility” (2010).

Most recently, Piroux’s work has focused on the relationship between literature and the formal conventions of the printed book.

Sponsors include the UI Department of French and Italian in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the 18th and 19th Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium and UI International Programs.

Piroux will also speak during a brown bag lunch seminar on the topic of Diderot’s “Ceci n’est pas un conte (This is not a tale)” from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, also in Room 315 Phillips Hall.  This seminar will be conducted in French.

For more information, contact Roland Racevskis at or 319-335-2252.