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Morgane Cadieu: "Random Walks: Determinism and Free Will in French Literature"

Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, 258
232 East Ave, Central Campus

Morgane Cadieu (PhD '14) returns to Cornell to discuss her research on Randomness in Literature. Please consider joining us for her talk on Thursday March 22. 

Professor Cadieu will also lead a seminar on Friday March 23 (10am-12pm). Professor Cadieu will elaborate on the themes developed in her talk. If you are interested in joining the seminar please email Romain Pasquer ( or Marc Kohlbry ( for the readings.


Bio: Morgane Cadieu specializes in modern and contemporary French literature. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2014. Her research interests include history and memory narratives, materialism in art, science, and feminism, space studies, and theories of fiction. Her first book project, Random Walks, maps out the interaction of randomness and prose in literary texts from Surrealism to the present by focusing on the employment of chance within the practice of perambulation, and on a specific type of atomist randomness: the clinamen. She started researching a new project centered on women vagabonds and maroons resisting spatial modes of domination by staring back at flâneurs and staging their errancy through visual materials (Colette, Confiant, Akerman, Varda, Wittig, Bouraoui, Ernaux, Calle). Morgane Cadieu has given talks on the rhetoric of enumeration and of intertextuality in Beckett, Perec, and Modiano, as well as on literature and illness in the works of Guibert. She teaches courses on social emancipation; urbanism, supermarkets, and the cartography of consumerism; the aesthetics of trains and subways, notably in the context of colonization and immigration; and on literary walks. 

This talk is co-sponsored by the departments of Comparative Literature, English, the French Studies Program and the Society for the Humanities. 

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English, Romance Studies, Comparative Literature


English, comparative literature, Romance Studies, Society for the Humanities, cosochum

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Romain Pasquer


Morgane Cadieu

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Yale University

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