Tzvetan Todorov lecture

From: Phil Chappell (
Date: Thu Apr 01 2004 - 06:10:51 PST


The Bakhtin Centre and Department of French at the University of
Sheffield, together with the Institut Français, take great pleasure in
informing you that the 2004 French Embassy Lecture will be
by Tzvetan Todorov, who will speak on

               ‘The Replacement of Ethics by Aesthetics’

Over the past thirty years Tzvetan Todorov has emerged as a
major thinker in the humanities. From his introduction of the
Russian Formalists' work to French intellectual circles in the mid-
1960s to his recent book on totalitarianism, his work has covered a
wide range of subjects, including poetics, narratology, semiotics,
rhetoric, French humanist thought, history, culture, and
anthropology, and has engaged with such issues as the possibility
of a science of literature, the notion of alterity, morality and ethics,
displacement, memory, democracy, etc. He has introduced Roman
Jakobson to a French readership and made a major contribution to
the understanding of the works of Mikhail Bakhtin and the Bakhtin
Circle; as a result of his engagement with Bakhtin's thought, he
has developed a practice of 'dialogic criticism'. His many
publications include _The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a
Literary Genre_; _The Poetics of Prose_; _Mikhail Bakhtin: The
Dialogical Principle_; _The Conquest of America: The Question of
the Other_; _Literature and its Theorists: A Personal View of
Twentieth-Century Criticism_; _Facing the Extreme: Moral Life in
the Concentration Camps_; _The Morals of History_; _A French
Tragedy: Scenes of Civil War, Summer 1944_; and _Hope and
Memory: Reflections on the Twentieth Century_. He has also
written books on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Benjamin Constant, and
French humanism.

Admission to the lecture is free of charge, but by ticket. If you
would like to come to the lecture, kindly send the details requested
below to no later than 14 May 2004.
Tickets for the lecture, which will be allocated on a first- come,
first- served basis, will be sent out in early June, along with
information about how to get to the venue.

This public lecture forms the centrepiece of 'Tzvetan Todorov
2004: An International Conference', which will run from Thursday
24 to Sunday 27 June. Details and registration information may be
found on the Bakhtin Centre's website at

Karine Zbinden
SNF Research Fellow, Bakhtin Centre

David Shepherd
Director, Bakhtin Centre

Máire Cross
Head, Department of French

If you wish to come to the lecture, please provide the following


Number of tickets requested (it may be necessary to restrict the
number of tickets available)

Address to which tickets should be sent

Access or other requirements

E-mail address for response and updates

Please feel free to pass on this information to anybody you know
may be interested.

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