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During the course of her career and after, Dr. Janis L. Pallister, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages, earned an outstanding reputation in scholarly activities. She published six books, co-authored others and delivered 90 scholarly papers in the USA and abroad. Her interests were focused on French Renaissance and Baroque literature, black literature in romance languages, Canadian Francophone literature, Vietnamese literature in French, Francophone women film directors and Acadian film.

"The Pallister Francophone-Canadian Lecture Series showcases talent from French Canada, and explores French cultural experiences in the North American setting."

Pallister French-Canadian Lecture Series Speaker Spring 2014:

Marie-Célie Agnant

 Photo Credit: Daniel Morisette 

Poet, novelist and author of novellas and short stories, Marie-Célie Agnant was born in Haiti. She can be counted among those writers today whose works— translated into several languages—circulate around the world and find resonance with readers living in diverse cultures and social contexts.

Her writing bears the seal of poetry as well as the mark of the violence ever present in post-colonial societies where the existence of different populations continues to be caught in a vice between stark misery and an indecent opulence.

As a writer of the present, attentive to the world that surrounds her, she hopes that her work will succeed in reflecting her engagement—especially where this social commitment has a bearing on the condition of women and also on the link between the past and collective memory, issues that she continues to explore in her literary work.
                                                                    (Translated by Beatrice Guenther, BGSU/ROCS-French)

 

P o è t e , romancière et a u t e ur e d e nouvelles, Marie-Célie
Agnant est née en Haïti. Elle compte parmi les écrivains  d'aujourd'hui dont les œuvres, traduites en plusieurs langues, circulent de par le monde et trouvent écho au sein de différentes cultures où ses écrits s'adressent à des publics variés.

Son écriture porte à la fois le sceau de la poésie et celui de la violence des sociétés post-coloniales dont la réalité demeure encore prise en étau entre misère criante et opulence indécente.

Écrivaine présente et attentive au monde qui l'entoure, elle souhaite que son œuvre parvienne à refléter son engagement, surtout en ce qui a trait à la condition des femmes, à la relation au passé et à la mémoire collective tellement présentes dans son champ d'exploration.


Past Pallister Series Guests