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

Book Discussion: We’ll Always Have Paris, Literature in the City of Light–Henry Miller 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 three-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 three 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, starting with Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller and concluding with James Baldwin. 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 and discuss Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, an uproarious novel that was banned in the United States for obscenity, focusing on cultural differences between French philosophy about pleasure and American puritanism.
Led by an expert on history and literature, Professor Samuél Lopez-Barrantes, this interactive seminar will discuss three 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 three-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 three-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 a pianist and singer in the American indie-rock trio, Slim & The Beast.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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M.S. (Brooklyn, US)
A Wild and Unfliching Analysis

A multifaceted look at a genre-breaking novel and why it still shocks us today. Samuel looks at Miller and his work from multiple perspectives.

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C. (Frankfurt am Main, DE)
Very interesting and enjoyable

A very interesting discussion about a very controversial book. It really made me think. Samuél organizes brilliant conversations.

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A.B.D. (Oakland, US)
Henry Miller in Paris

Excellent presentation of Henry Miller’s work in Paris. I have studied very little literature in the past and this is a wonderful way to learn. The students are also very engaging and informative! Merci!

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J (Vancouver, CA)
Tropic of Cancer - to be read or not?

Part 2 of three - Samuél does an excellent job of bringing these books to life in a thoughtful and contemporary context. Encourages us to think deeply about what is a "classic"

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Chuck (Palm Springs, US)
Controversial reading and scholarly dialogue

Although a difficult book to read owing to the author's view towards women and people of color, the high calibre of writing in portions of the text are fascinating. Samuel will captivate your interest as he juxtaposes this conversation with a 21st century perspective.

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Based on 5 reviews
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M.S. (Brooklyn, US)
A Wild and Unfliching Analysis

A multifaceted look at a genre-breaking novel and why it still shocks us today. Samuel looks at Miller and his work from multiple perspectives.

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C. (Frankfurt am Main, DE)
Very interesting and enjoyable

A very interesting discussion about a very controversial book. It really made me think. Samuél organizes brilliant conversations.

A
A.B.D. (Oakland, US)
Henry Miller in Paris

Excellent presentation of Henry Miller’s work in Paris. I have studied very little literature in the past and this is a wonderful way to learn. The students are also very engaging and informative! Merci!

J
J (Vancouver, CA)
Tropic of Cancer - to be read or not?

Part 2 of three - Samuél does an excellent job of bringing these books to life in a thoughtful and contemporary context. Encourages us to think deeply about what is a "classic"

C
Chuck (Palm Springs, US)
Controversial reading and scholarly dialogue

Although a difficult book to read owing to the author's view towards women and people of color, the high calibre of writing in portions of the text are fascinating. Samuel will captivate your interest as he juxtaposes this conversation with a 21st century perspective.