University will host an exclusive lecture by French cultural historian,
Professor Patrice Allain on Tuesday, February 15 at 7 p.m. at The Pit
at Lady Eaton College.
Professor Allain is Maître de Conférences and the Director
of the Comunications Department at the l'université de Nantes.
His lecture at Trent, which will be entirely in French, is free and open
to the public, courtesy of the Modern Languages department at Trent University
and the Service Culturel de l'ambassade de France d'Ottawa.
His talk, entitled Nantes surréaliste: une construction de la mythologie
bretonnienne, will focus on the French poet André Breton and the
birth of the Surrealist movement.
Professor Allain's research focuses on surrealism in the 1920's
and the importance of Nantes in the inception of the literary and artistic
avant-garde movement of that period. He has published on French Dada and
surrealist poets such as Jacques Vaché, Benjamin Péret,
Jacques Viot and Claude Cahun. He has also published on Marcel Schwob
and Jean Sarment.
He has organized a series of exhibitions :
- Ces rêveurs définitifs*Nantes et les surréalistes,
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, février 2004
- Don't hate the media, become the media, Zoo galerie/ Patio Delrue, Nantes,
- No Foot last Night, Palais de Tokyo, Paris & Musée des Beaux-Arts,
- " Visions X-TRM ", section de l'exposition Jules Verne et
les Mondes inventés, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, 2000
- Nantes et le Surréalisme, le rêve d'une ville, Musée
des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, 1995
Trent University, itself, has a long history with l'université
de Nantes, sending 12 students abroad in Nantes every year for the past
Professor Allain will be at Trent the week of February 14 where he will
also give a lecture to students of the Modern Languages department. The
following two weeks, he will be in Ottawa working with Trent University
Professor Yves Thomas of the department of Modern Languages on the manuscripts
of the surrealist poet Jacques Baron in the surrealist archives of the
Morisset library of the University of Ottawa. Professor Allain will also
be giving a paper on Nantes and surrealism in Ottawa on March 2 and another
paper at Queen's University on Jacques Viot and exoticism on March
Posted February 14, 2005