Modernist legacies in contemporary women’s writing

IES Comparative Modernisms Seminar

Monday 11 Αpril  2016, 18:00-20:00, Room 243, Senate House, London

Lauren Elkin  (American University of Paris, writer/reviewer)

Dr. Lauren Elkin is a writer and a lecturer in the department of English and Comparative Literature at the American University of Paris. She earned her PhD in English literature at the Université Paris Diderot and the City University of New York, and specializes in women’s fiction, life-writing, studies of place, and visual culture. Her essays on books and culture have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, the FT, the London Review of Books online, Granta, BookforumThe Daily Beast, The White Review, The New Inquiry, The Wall Street Journal, Five Dials, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and she is a contributing editor at The White Review. She is the author of the novel Floating Cities (translated as Une Année à VeniseEditions Héloïse d’Ormesson), which was awarded the Prix des Lecteurs at the Rue des Livres literary festival. With Scott Esposito, she is the co-author of The End of Oulipo? An Attempt to Exhaust a Movement, published by Zer0 Books. She is at work on her second novel, Scaffolding, set in Paris in 1972 and the present day, composed in both English and French. Her next book, Flâneuse: Women Walk the City, will be out in the UK from Chatto & Windus and in the US from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. She also works as a translator from French to English, notably for the literary magazine Boulevard Magenta, Princeton University Press, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and several art galleries. With Charlotte Mandell, she recently co-translated Claude Arnaud’s biography of Jean Cocteau, to be published by Yale UP in 2016. She curates and hosts the Art of Criticism series at Shakespeare & Company.