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This lecture serves as an introduction to the work of French author Annie Ernaux—the 2022 recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature. As she wrote in one of her published diaries, Exteriors (1993), "I realize that I am always searching for the signs of literature in reality." How can life be literary? Through a selection of quotes, we will see why Ernaux favors literature over other fields of knowledge, especially when it comes to apprehending sociological or economical topics such as class mobility.


  • Morgane Cadieu (Associate Professor of French at Yale University)

    Morgane Cadieu

    Associate Professor of French at Yale University

    Morgane Cadieu is Associate Professor of French at Yale, where she teaches courses on contemporary literature, social mobility, and everyday life (trains, supermarkets). Her first book in French, Marcher au hasard, examined a 20th-century experimental group of writers using mathematical models to produce novels, reflect on creativity and free will, and propose new ways of envisioning literary walks in urban settings. Her second book in English is centered on French writer Annie Ernaux, and is forthcoming with The University of Chicago Press under the title: On Both Sides of the Tracks: Social Mobility in Contemporary French Literature. Morgane Cadieu earned a PhD from Cornell University.

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