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Three Recent Nobel Laureates from France; Le Clezio, Modiano, Ernaux

Register for this Summer 2023 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website.


In the twenty-first century so far, three writers from France have been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. We will read J.M.G. Le Clézio, Patrick Modiano, and Annie Ernaux. We will explore Le Clézio’s lyrical renditions of cultural encounter and difference after colonialism; Modiano’s taut, suspenseful inquiries into the gaps and mysteries left by the Holocaust and the ravages of the twentieth century; and Ernaux’s frank, unfettered, yet highly literary explorations of her own experience. Between these three writers, we see many possible ramifications of the primal encounter between self and other. Readings include: Le Clézio, Desert; Modiano, In The Café of Lost Youth; and Ernaux, The Years and Simple PassionSummer 2023 tuition is $349.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with the works of Le Clezio, Patrick Modiano, and Annie Ernaux
  • An understanding of the literary themes found in their works

Ideal for

  • Lovers of modern literature and global literary culture
  • The curious and creative
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