Tummy Trouble - The Gut in French and Francophone Literature, Theory, and Art

Tummy Trouble - The Gut in French and Francophone Literature, Theory, and Art
10 November 2018, 9.00am - 6.00pm
Conference / Symposium
Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

The annual London Postgraduate French Conference will bring together postgraduates working in all areas of French studies in order to explore and demystify representations of the gut in French and Francophone Literature, Theory, and Art. Since the awkward outburst of Aristophanes’s hiccups into the discourse of Plato’s ‘Symposium’, our innards have long been linked to a sense of perplexity and anti-rationalism in the Western literary and philosophical canon. Heartburn, burping, vomiting, indigestion, IBS, diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence and fatness are considered shameful, dirty signs of bodily, moral and social failure. Yet consumption is also one of life’s greatest pleasures, food is an indispensable part of our cultural identity, and our guts are primed as the locus of our true feelings and instincts: when in doubt, follow your gut. What to make of these contradictions?



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Organisers: Sophie Eager (KCL); Joey Hornsby (KCL); Rebecca Rosenberg (KCL)

This event is generously supported by the Society for French Studies (SFS), the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF), King's College London, and the Institute of Modern Languages Research

All are welcome to attend this free conference. Places are limited so please register in advance


Cathy Collins
020 7862 8738