Tom Bishop, Donatien Grau: Literature Is a Voyage of Discovery

Tom Bishop, Donatien Grau

Literature Is a Voyage of Discovery
Tom Bishop in Conversation with Donatien Grau

Übersetzt von Peter Behrman de Sinéty

Broschur, 96 Seiten

Erscheint am 22.09.2021


For over sixty years Tom Bishop has contributed to shaping the literary, philosophical, cultural, artistic, but also political conversation between Paris and New York. In his position as professor and director of the Center for French Civilization and Culture at New York University, he made the Washington Square institution one of the great bridges between French innovation and a New York scene that was then in full transformation. Tom Bishop was close to Beckett, championed Robbe-Grillet in the United States, befriended Marguerite Duras and Hélène Cixous, organized historic public encounters—such as the one between James Baldwin and Toni Morrison. He is also a scholar, a recognized specialist in the avant-garde, notably the Nouveau Roman and the Nouveau Théâtre.

In 2012, he invited Donatien Grau to give a talk at NYU. This invitation led to conversations—some of which are assembled in this book—and a frienship. Tom Bishop retraces his own history: his departure from Vienna, his studies, his meetings, his choices, his conception of literature and life, his relationship to the political and economic world; the way he helped define the profession of “curator” as it is practiced today. In these interviews he can be seen as a scholar, an organizer, a major intellectual; as an individual, with his anger, refusals, loyalty, his insatiable appetite for discovery and novelty, and his deep attachment to the university, a place of freedom and creation.

  • USA
  • Avantgarde
  • Literaturwissenschaft
  • Moderne
  • Literatur
  • Frankreich

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Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch

Tom Bishop

born 1929 in Vienna, Austria, lives and works in New York. He has been a leading scholar and impresario between Paris and New York for the last sixty years, and has had lasting influence on the American-French cultural dialogue. He was the Florence Gould Professor of French Culture and Civilization at New York University, where he served as director of the Center of French Civilization and Culture.

Donatien Grau

ist Autor mehrerer Bücher. Er hat gemeinsam mit der Galerie Azzedine Alaïa die Ausstellung Pierre Guyotat, la matière de nos oeuvre (April–Juni 2016) realisiert und ist Herausgeber einer Pierre Guyotat gewidmeten Sonderausgabe von Critique (2016). Im Oktober 2016 erschien ein Buch mit Gesprächen zwischen Pierre Guyotat und Donatien Grau unter dem Titel Humains par Hasard.
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