Book Discussion: We’ll Always Have Paris, Literature in the City of Light–James Baldwin with Samuél Lopez-Barrantes

Book Discussion: We’ll Always Have Paris, Literature in the City of Light–James Baldwin with Samuél Lopez-Barrantes


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What is it about Paris that has kept Americans dreaming for over a century? Is it the majestic tree-lined Boulevard Saint Germain or the seedy cafes in Pigalle, the long walks along the Seine, or the illicit parties in the city’s underbelly? In this four-part series that spans history, literature, and philosophy, author, musician, and Sorbonne professor Samuél Lopez-Barrantes will guide you through the lives and imaginations of four of the most important artists to live and write in the City of Lights. Each session will be devoted to one book and one author, Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, James Baldwin, and Gertrude Stein. Participants are invited to read the works before attending the seminar or are welcome to use the session as a precursor to later reading.
In this session, we will read James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room, one of the greatest love stories ever written, and also the first major American work to speak openly about homosexuality
Led by an expert on history and literature, Professor Samuél Lopez-Barrantes, this interactive seminar will discuss four 20th century American masterpieces that were written in and about the City of Lights. Designed to inform curiosity as well as educate, participants will come away with a deeper appreciation for the selected works as well as for a better understanding as to why Paris has continually attracted American artists well into the 21st century.
This conversation is part of a four-part series on literature connected to Paris with Samuél Lopez-Barrantes. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of a four-week series.
 

Samuél is a writer and musician who has lived in Paris since 2008. He holds an M.A. in European Society from University College London and an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Samuél teaches creative writing at the Sorbonne and is also in an American folk-rock trio, Slim & The Beast, which has toured extensively throughout Europe and has been featured numerous times in Rolling Stone France.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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J.h. (Oakland, US)
What Does It Mean To Be Authentic ?

S Lopez-Barrantes is a lively presenter who enjoys close reading of the text. He calls attention to various paragraphs in order to make clear the conflicts the character, David, is struggling with; at the same time suggesting that homosexuality is not the main theme of the story but rather how to live an authentic life in all its contradictions and messiness is what concerns Baldwin . This is a deep and broad understanding the story and I appreciated Lopez-Barrantes' analysis.

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S.L. (Chatham, CA)

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M.S. (Brooklyn, US)
Opens up so many windows!

Samuel's depth of knowledge and passion for his subject helps you see so much more deeply into great books. Very enjoyable!

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A. (Los Altos, US)
Not to be missed lecture/conversation series!

I have taken 3 conversations with Samuel Lopez-Barrantes. They were all outstanding! He presents a carefully planned and thoughtful analysis of the books followed by an engaging conversation. I have taken many other Context conversations over the last 2 years and his lectures have been my favorite ones.

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Carl Ballard (Pittsburgh, US)
Wowsers

I was blown away by Samuel's discussion of Giovann's Room and the subsequent Q&A. It's got me yearning to revisit Paris. My first and only visit I felt like I was only briefly touching the city. Though Samuel's Webinars I have felt a need to explore Paris in more depth.

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J.h. (Oakland, US)
What Does It Mean To Be Authentic ?

S Lopez-Barrantes is a lively presenter who enjoys close reading of the text. He calls attention to various paragraphs in order to make clear the conflicts the character, David, is struggling with; at the same time suggesting that homosexuality is not the main theme of the story but rather how to live an authentic life in all its contradictions and messiness is what concerns Baldwin . This is a deep and broad understanding the story and I appreciated Lopez-Barrantes' analysis.

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S.L. (Chatham, CA)

Guest did not leave comment

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M.S. (Brooklyn, US)
Opens up so many windows!

Samuel's depth of knowledge and passion for his subject helps you see so much more deeply into great books. Very enjoyable!

A
A. (Los Altos, US)
Not to be missed lecture/conversation series!

I have taken 3 conversations with Samuel Lopez-Barrantes. They were all outstanding! He presents a carefully planned and thoughtful analysis of the books followed by an engaging conversation. I have taken many other Context conversations over the last 2 years and his lectures have been my favorite ones.

C
Carl Ballard (Pittsburgh, US)
Wowsers

I was blown away by Samuel's discussion of Giovann's Room and the subsequent Q&A. It's got me yearning to revisit Paris. My first and only visit I felt like I was only briefly touching the city. Though Samuel's Webinars I have felt a need to explore Paris in more depth.