Monday, May 28, 2018
Classroom - CL 110
This plenary address will discuss Joachim du Bellay's Défense et Illustration de la langue française (1549), his translation/adaptation of Sperone Speroni's Dialogo delle lingue (1542). In appropriating Speroni's text, du Bellay shifted attention to the need to see French, then an emerging lingua franca, as absolutely central to the expression of the future hegemonic political French state. We will see that Du Bellay's identity strategies are rooted in a number of transformational principles, including the capacity to rewrite cultural history through linguistic invention.
Speakers: François Paré, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Université de Waterloo