Translation and Reception: 21st-Century French Fiction in the UKFSLG event: Friday April 12th 2013 at the French Institute, South Kensington

Event organised by  the Society for French Studies and the French Studies Library Group, with the  collaboration of the Institut français

This  event was a great success. It brought together some of the most important agents in the production  and reception of contemporary French fiction, in France and (primarily) in the  UK:  reviewers and critics, literary  agents, editors, translators, academics and librarians, to promote a better  understanding of the processes of selection, translation and mediation, and of  why this matters. 

Speakers  included writer, critic and ex-Le Monde journalist Patrick Kéchichian; the  publisher Claire Paulhan; Hélène Fiamma of the Bureau du Livre; Kerry Glencorse  of Susanna Lea Associates; translators Peter Bush, Ros Schwartz and Siân  Reynolds; Ophélie Ramonatxo, Head of Libraries - La Médiathèque et Culturethèque; Melissa-Laure Mayer of the Institut’s library and Culturethèque;   Albane Lejeune, Elève conservateur, ENSSIB ; Geoffrey Mulligan (editor with Harvill); David Platten (researcher and writer  on French crime fiction); Marcella Frisani of the CESSP-EHESS in Paris. The  ‘case-study’ session  focused on the work of crime novelist Fred Vargas.

A full report of the event will appear in the next FSLG Annual Review, and a synopsis of the event is being created for this webpage.

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