A literary night generously supported by:
I am extremely grateful to AFA (Association France Australie) and its President, Maryline Faure, for organizing this special event in one of the most literary and cinematic Parisian venues: Café de la Marie, Place St Supplice. To learn more about AFA’s activities, get in touch with Maryline through their website by clicking here: http://www.france-australie.org/ The kick-off was given by Jacques and Betty Villeminot, a most charming couple of dedicated scholars, who talked about what they deemed to be their “farewell publication”: Les hommes oubliés d’Océanie, (Glénat, 2010). They started the night by relating their experience among Aborigines and then answered a few questions from the audience. Feel free to click on the following link to purchase a copy of their book: http://voyage.glenatlivres.com/livre/les-hommes-oublies-d-oceanie-9782723474047.htm After their riveting speech, I took the floor and started my lecture on psychoanalysis in Australian fiction. Those who would like to find out more about this topic, feel free to check the following references:
JF Vernay The Great Australian Novel – A Panorama, translated by Marie Ramsland (Melbourne: Brolga, 2010) with a foreword by Nicholas Jose. (Note: This translation is available in Australia ONLY and is yet to be published in the UK and the USA) Weblink: http://www.brolgapublishing.com.au/title.php?Bn=QW5FbmNvZGVkU3RyaW5nT2ZCcm9sZ2FQdWJsaXNoaW5nXzE0NA==
------------ "Couched Words: The Interimplication of Fiction and Psychoanalysis", Etchings 7, Melbourne, 2009, 153-62.
------------ “Freudianism in Dire Straits: The Representation of Psychoanalysis in Contemporary Australia”. AUMLA: Journal of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association 112, November 2009, 81-96
------------ “Lost in Distraction: Repetition and Ennui in Antoni Jach’s The Weekly Card Game”. Southerly 69:2, Long Paddock 5, Sydney, December 2009. E-print: http://www.brandl.com.au/Southerly/southerly%20longpaddock/2-2009/Jachs.htm
------------ “Projections and Utopianism in Contemporary Australian Fiction: Toward an Exploration of the Paranoid Mind”. Alizés 33, La Réunion, décembre 2010, pp. 183-99.
My heartfelt thanks go to my friends and the people who turned up at the event, not to mention spirited Maryline Faure and her faithful AFA members who are always keen on an Aussie night. This was certainly the highlight of my stay in Paris and I look forward to renewing the experience some time this year. A big thank you also to my friends who are showing their support with their presence on my blog !