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Evenings with an Author, Blake Smith on France and India: Colonial Legacies and Literary Connections

March 19 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

France and India: Colonial Legacies and Literary Connections

For over three hundred years, France and India have shared a common history shaped by conquest, commerce and cultural exchange. This talk explores the connection between the two countries, focusing on the relationship between politics and literature. Generations of Indian writers have turned to the French language to condemn imperialism, share dreams of a better world, or simply to transform their personal experiences into works of art. This tradition of francophone from India, largely neglected in France, is now gaining new attention in the global literary scene.

Blake Smith is a historian at the University of Chicago Society of Fellows, where he studies cultural and economic ties between France and India. He is also a literary translator, most recently of the francophone Indian author K. Madavane’s short story-collection Mourir à Bénarès. He holds PhDs in History from Northwestern University and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.

Photo by Jessica Biddlestone

This event and other weeknight programs at the Library are free and open to the public (except as noted) thanks to support from the Annenberg Foundation, our members, and those who attend programs. There is a suggested donation of ten euros for non-members. Doors open at 19h00.


March 19
19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min
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