Édouard Louis


Is literature a tool to expand our awareness and challenge society? Or does it reinforce the existing social order and its violence?

Édouard Louis, Author, En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule

Fri. Oct. 27 5:30pm
MIT campus, 182 Memorial Drive


Photo by John Foley

Édouard Louis was born and raised in the town of Hallencourt in the North of France, which is the setting of his first novel En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule (published in English as The End of Eddy). His work deals with class, sexuality and violence. His two first novels were translated into more than 25 languages. He is also the editor of a scholarly work on the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, and the coauthor, with the philosopher Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, of “Manifesto for an Intellectual and Political Counteroffensive”, published in English by the Los Angeles Review of Books.

About the series:

The MIT Global France Seminar aims to bring together MIT faculty, instructors, and graduate students from across disciplines interested in the study of French and francophone cultures around the world. The seminar series is free and open to the public.

Nathalie Etoke
Black in Blue White and Red / Du Noir dans le Bleu Blanc Rouge
Mon. Sept. 11 at 5:30pm

Suzanne Desan
Accidental Revolutionary, Feminist Provocateur, or International Agent? Théroigne de Méricourt, Gender, and Geopolitics in Revolutionary Europe
Thurs. Oct. 5 at 5:30pm

Charlie Piot
Migration Stories: The US Visa Lottery and Global Citizenship
Wed. Oct. 25 at 5:30pm

What literature can do: Literature, shame and politics
Édouard Louis
Fri. Oct. 27 5:30pm