Professor Hoffman will discuss "les rapports entre humanités digitales et une redéfinition possible du concept de postérité”.
Speaker bio: Hoffman is assistant professor in the Department of French and Italian at The Ohio State University. His forthcoming book, L’Amérique posthume. Réinventions littéraires de l’Amérique à la fin du XVIIIème siècle, will come out in French (Éditions Classiques Garnier) and in English (Penn State University Press). This book examines the idealization of a lost American past in the work of Saint-John de Crèvecœur, Lezay-Marnésia, and Chateaubriand. Professor Hoffmann has also published four novels: Le monde est beau on peut y voyager (Bastingage, 2008); Anya Ivanovna (Bastingage, 2010); Père et fils (Gallimard, 2011); and American Pandemonium (Gallimard, 2016). He is currently completing a new novel about the French "grandes écoles".
His new research project investigates the evolution of the concept of posterity from the Renaissance to our digital present. In his talk he will reflect on posterity for writers in the age of digital humanities, paying particular attention to writers' personal sites.