Master Class on Paul Claudel's "The Muse Called Grace"

May 4, 2018
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Rémi Brague Sorbonne, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Thomas PavelUniversity of Chicago

  • Rémi Brague - Interview

Open to current students and faculty. A copy of the poem with English translation will be circulated to those who RSVP.

Paul Claudel can be described as the greatest French Catholic poet of the 20th century.  His ode The Muse Called Grace celebrates the deep links between human and divine love, between poetry and faith. Join Professors Rémi Brague and Thomas Pavel for a master class on the poem. Previous familiarity with Paul Claudel is not required.

2:30pm    Coffee & Tea
3:00pm    Seminar
5:00pm    Wine & Cheese

The Franke Institute for the Humanities will host a conference on Paul Claudel for the 150th anniversary of his birth on May 18 & 19, 2018.

Rémi Brague is Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Religious Philosophy at the Sorbonne and Romano Guardini Chair of Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. In 2012, he was awarded the Ratzinger Prize for Theology. He is author of numerous books on classical and medieval culture, religion, literature, and law, including Eccentric Culture: A Theory of Western Civilization and Law of God: The Philosophical History of an Idea.

Thomas Pavel is the Gordon J. Laing Distinguished Service Professor in Romance Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, the Committee on Social Thought, Fundamentals, and Creative Writing at the University of Chicago. Educated in his native country of Romania and in France, he has taught at University of Ottawa, the Université du Québec à Montréal, University of California (Santa Cruz), Princeton University, and now University of Chicago. He is author of several books on literature and linguistics, including The Spell of Language:  Post-structuralism and Speculation and The Lives of the Novel. His teaching focuses on the history of the novel, 17th-century French literature, 20th-century French literature and intellectual life, as well as the interactions between literature and philosophy. Thomas Pavel has participated frequently in events of the Lumen Christi Institute and serves on its academic committee.