Bicentenaire de la Naissance de Baudelaire
In the Framework of Printemps des Poètes Festival and on the occasion of the Bicentenary of Baudelaire’s birth anniversary, the French Institute in India will organize 2 online conferences on the 9th of April.
Baudelaire et l’Inde | 2:30 PM
Online Conference with French experts on Charles Baudelaire
Within the framework of “La Francophonie”, a day dedicated to the French language and speakers, and on the occasion of the bicentenary of Charles Baudelaire, the French Institute in India is organising a webinar on “Baudelaire et l’Inde” in partnership with the University of Rajasthan. French experts on Baudelaire, Prof. André Guyaux, Aurélia Cervoni, and Andrea Schellino, will talk about the poet’s journey to the Indies, how India features in his works and literature in India at the time of Baudelaire. The conference will be held entirely in French and will be moderated by Dr. Christine Cornet, Attaché for Books and Ideas at the French Institute in India.
FRIDAY, 9th April 2021 | 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Pr. André Guyaux, membre du comité de direction de L’Année Baudelaire
Dr. Aurélia Cervoni and Andrea Schellino, responsable du “Groupe Baudelaire” de l’Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes (CNRS – ENS-Ulm) Sorbonne Université
Modératrice: Christine Cornet, Atachée – livres et débat d’idées, Institut Français en Inde
Baudelaire and India | 6:30 PM
Online Conference with Indian authors and poets on Charles Baudelaire
Within the framework of “La Francophonie”, a day dedicated to the French language and speakers, and on the occasion of the bicentenary of Charles Baudelaire, the French Institute in India is organising a webinar with renowned Indian authors and poets Jeet Thayil, Ranjit Hoskote, Amrita Narayanan and Anupama Raju on Baudelaire and India. The webinar will have the speakers talk about how Charles Baudelaire left a mark on them and has influenced their work. The conference will take place in English and will be moderated by Ms. Jaya Bhattacharji Rose, Literary critic & Co-founder at Ace Literary Consulting.
FRIDAY, 9th April 2021 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Jeet Thayil, Ranjit Hoskote, Amrita Narayanan and Anupama Raju, Indian authors & poets
Jaya Bhattacharji Rose, Moderator
André Guyaux is Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Letters of Sorbonne University, where he taught for twenty-five years. He is a member of the Académie royale de langue et de littérature françaises de Belgique – Royal Academy of French Language and Literature of Belgium – and a member of the Académie de Norvège – the Academy of Norway.
His main contribution to Baudelaire studies is a book on Baudelaire’s “fortune”: Un demi-siècle de lectures des « Fleurs du Mal » published by Presses de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne (2007). With Antoine Compagnon, Jacques Dupont and Patrick Labarthe, he manages the annual magazine dedicated to Baudelaire studies, L’Année Baudelaire. He has also edited two unfinished works by Baudelaire, Fusées and Mon cœur mis à nu, followed by Notes sur Laclos (Folio, 2016).
He co-organised the exhibition Huysmans-Moreau. Féeriques visions at the Musée Gustave Moreau (October 2007-February 2008), and curated, with Stéphane Guégan, the exhibition Huysmans et l’art. De Degas à Grünewald at the Musée d’Orsay (November 2019-February 2020).
Aurélia Cervoni holds a doctorate from the Université Paris Sorbonne and is a research engineer at the Centre d’étude de la littérature française (CELLF) of Sorbonne Université. She is co-director of the “Groupe Baudelaire” of the l’Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes (École normale supérieure, Paris, rue d’Ulm).
She is the author of two books on the image of Théophile Gautier and Pétrus Borel in the 19th century press (Théophile Gautier devant la critique 1830-1872, Classiques Garnier, 2016 ; Pétrus Borel, Sorbonne Université Presses, 2020). She collaborated on the publication of the Œuvres complètes by Rimbaud in the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade (2009).
She is the editorial secretary of L’Année Baudelaire (Paris, Honoré Champion) and has edited Le Spleen de Paris (2017) and Les Paradis artificiels (2020) by Baudelaire in the GF-Flammarion collection. She is currently co-editing the first online edition of Baudelaire’s correspondence.
Andrea Schellino holds a PhD from the Université Paris-Sorbonne where, in December 2017, he supported a thesis on Le Concept de décadence de Baudelaire à Nietzsche (published in 2020 by Classiques Garnier). He was a 2016 Bandy Center Fellow at the Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Co-director of the Groupe Baudelaire at the Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes de Paris (CNRS-ENS), he is the lecturer in French literature at the Université Rome III.
He is a specialist in 19th century poetry, with a particular interest in the work of Baudelaire and Rimbaud. He is currently also co-directing an online edition of Baudelaire’s general correspondence on the eMan platform (CNRS-ITEM).
In 2018, he coordinated an issue of L’Année Baudelaire (with Jacques Dupont).
He has collaborated on the publication of the Romans et nouvelles (2019) by Joris-Karl Huysmans and the publication of the Œuvres (2020) by Victor Segalen in the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade.
Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, cultural theorist and curator based in Bombay. His seven collections of poetry include Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems (Penguin, 2006), Central Time (Penguin/ Viking, 2014), Jonahwhale (Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton, 2018; published by Arc in the UK as The Atlas of Lost Beliefs, 2020) and, most recently, Hunchprose (Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton, 2021). His translation of a celebrated 14th-century Kashmiri woman saint’s poetry has appeared as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). He is the editor of Dom Moraes: Selected Poems (Penguin Modern Classics, 2012).
Hoskote has received the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award, the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award, and the SH Raza Literature Award. His poems have been translated into German, Hindi, Bangla, Irish Gaelic, Marathi, Swedish, Spanish, and Arabic.
Jeet Thayil was born in Kerala in 1959. He worked as a journalist for twenty-three years in Bombay, Bangalore, Hongkong and New York. In 2006 he began to write fiction. His first novel, Narcopolis, was awarded the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. His five poetry collections include These Errors Are Correct, which won the Sahitya Akademi Award (India’s National Academy of Letters). As a musician his collaborations include the noise quintet Still Dirty, the experimental trio HMT, and the opera Babur in London. His most recent novels are The Book of Chocolate Saints and Low.
Amrita Narayanan is a college professor, psychoanalyst and writer. She is the author of A Pleasant Kind of Heavy and Other Erotic Stories (2013) and anthologist of The Parrots of Desire: 3000 years of Erotica in India (2018).
Anupama Raju is a poet, literary journalist and translator. She is the author of Nine, a book of poems and her work has been featured in several poetry anthologies. She has collaborated with photographer Pascal Bernard on two Indo-French poetry and photography projects. Raju was the Charles Wallace Fellow at the University of Kent, Canterbury and Writer-in-Residence at Centres Intermondes in La Rochelle, France.