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Cory Browning is completing his PhD in Romance Studies at Cornell University. Cory’s research focuses primarily on nineteenth-century French literature, but he also works on eighteenth and twentieth century French and Francophone literature, aesthetics and politics, and the fledgling field of terrorism studies. His dissertation analyzes the French Revolutionary Terror and its “restagings” in French Romanticism, the advent of avant-garde theater and anarcho-terrorism in the wake of the Paris Commune, and the Algerian War. Recasting Marx’s observation that humanity makes its own history but under conditions handed down from the past, his research strives to apprehend the multiple ways the Terror has shaped how we think and practice both literature and democracy. He has also completed a Masters and done research at the Université de Paris 8, working extensively on Charles Baudelaire and Stéphane Mallarmé. His next projects include investigations into terrorism and contemporary critical theory and a study into the aesthetics of the cliché in Gustave Flaubert.
Wednesday, March 5th, 12:00-1:30pm- Knight Library Browsing Room
The Secular State vs. New Religious Movements. Ten years ago, France was often described as one of the most secular nations in Europe. The situation is very different today as hundreds of thousands of conservative Roman Catholics took to the streets to oppose same-sex marriage and other reforms affecting family models while a noxious debate festered on the “compatibility” of Islam with the French republican model. The time has come for France to reexamine its assumptions and practices in terms of accommodation which are based on a concept of “laïcité” which begs for a redefinition.
This event is free and open to the public.