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Virginie Despentes: Sex, Femininity and Cynicism

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 1 – 2pm

Virginie Despentes: Sex, Femininity and Cynicism

A reading and discussion of extracts from Virginie Despentes’ books by Louise Kari Méreau (School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies) accompanied by actors, as part of the Women’s Stories series, a collaboration between NearFM Community Radio and the Trinity Long Room Hub.
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Virginie Despentes's life deeply influenced her writing career, and studying her novels allows the reader to ask and study controversial and delicate issues of society that need to be more closely addressed by women; such as prostitution, homosexuality, assault, and addiction. Comparing extracts from her works Baise Moi and Vernon Subutex, the talk will discuss the theme of violence, and its link with sex and femininity that informs the writer’s cynicism.

This talk will be broadcast on Tuesday 21st January, at 3.30pm on Near FM. You can listen to Near FM online… or on 90.3FM.

Louise Kari Méreau is a PhD student in the French Department of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. Her current research focuses on cynicism in French contemporary novels. With the examples of Frederic Beigbeder and Virginie Despentes she aims to depict and understand how cynicism engages with modern issues such as globalization, over consumerism, coming of age and individualism.

About Women’s Stories

In this new radio series, Women’s Stories, the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute in collaboration with Near FM Community Radio will illuminate a diverse range of stories on women’s place in society.

Women’s place in society, both historically and in the 21st century has seen so much change, for good and bad. Through this new series of talks, we will explore topics as diverse as the story of Giulia Farnese, an Italian born mistress to Pope Alexander VI, to widows in early 17th century Ireland and right through to present day stories from the frontline of Irish women in music technology. These topics will be brought to life by guest speakers, actors, writers and researchers from Trinity’s Arts and Humanities. The talks, which will take place in the Trinity Long Room Hub in Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020, are free to attend and will be recorded for broadcast on Near FM.

The Women’s Stories radio series is produced by Trinity Long Room Hub and Near FM with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland through the television licence fee.

You can listen to Near FM online or on 90.3FM.

Click here to find out more about this series.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Identities in Transformation
Event Category: Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is essential)
Contact Name: Trinity Long Room Hub

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