Visiting Scholar Lecture by Pascal Bruckner

Wednesday, 31 October 2012 • 4-5 p.m. (Reception begins at 3:30 p.m.)
Glasscock Center Library, Room 311, Glasscock Building
The lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

“Memorial Patriotism, Paradoxical Patriotism”

© Irmeli Jung / Grasset

© Irmeli Jung / Grasset

Essayist and Novelist
Pascal Bruckner is a world renowned essayist and novelist whose works have been translated in thirty countries. He has taught for fifteen years at the Institude d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and has been a visiting professor at New York University and at San Diego University. As a “public intellectual,” Bruckner has served as an expert commentator on French and European affairs for newspapers, reviews, and magazines around the world, including Le MondeLe Figaro, and Libération, as well as the New Yorker, the New Republic, and in the op-ed pages of the New York Times.

Bruckner’s latest book, The Paradox of Love (Princeton University Press, 2012), draws on history, politics, psychology, literature, pop culture, and current events. He has received numerous prestigious awards for his essays and novels, some of which include: Le Sanglot de l’Homme blanc (“The Tears of the White Man”); La Tentation de l’innocence (“The Temptation of Innocence”), which won the 1997 prix Medicis de l’essai; and La tyrannie de la penitence, which was translated in 2010 to The Tyranny of Guilt. In 1997, Bruckner’s novel Les voleurs de beauté (“Beauty Thieves”) was awarded the prix Renaudot, and in 2000, his essay L’Euphorie perpetuelle (“Perpetual Euphoria”) won the prix du Meilleur livre d’économie.

Bruckner will present a lecture about sacrificial patriotism culminating in 1914, memorial patriotism in the current day, and patriotism in the United States and Europe.

Lecture supported in part by the France/Texas A&M University Institute (Centre Pluridisciplinaire) and the Department of International Studies at Texas A&M University.