• Event
  • France

LTI Korea: France Forum

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  • Country
  • City
    Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Arles
  • Period
    05/04/2011 to 05/06/2011
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The LTI Korea France Forum was held for three days from May 4 to 6 in Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Arles.
The forum included academic seminars under the themes of “Reception of Korean Literature in France” and
“Translation and Circulation of Korean Literature in France,” discussions between Korea’s leading writers and
important local figures and readings by Korean authors.
Key speakers at the May 4 forum held at the Avignon Municipal Library included the library s own director,
Nadine Foissac, whose recitation of the traditional Korean folk tale “The Rabbit and the Dragon King” attracted much attention from the audience, with translator and editor Claude Mouchard and Professor Jeong Myeongkyo leading the discussion on the history and current state of Korean-French literary exchange.
The May 5 Forum held at the Aix-en-Provence City Library had Korean writers giving lectures and professional
performers giving readings of their works, much to the delight of the audience. The next forum was held at
Collège international des traducteurs littèraires (CITL), where Professor Jeong Myeong-kyo gave a speech on
“The Status and Prospects of Korean Literature in World Literature” and Jean Bellemin-Noël, translator and
Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris VIII gave a speech on “Translating to Improve Local Reception,” followed by a lively debate between the translators present.
The great number of attendants at the LTI Korea France Forum showed an encouraging local interest in Korean
literature and authors. Many Korean authors have already earned praise from French critics and have a modest
number of readers; it is hoped that events such as this forum will increase such interest.

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