The modern French collections of the Wren Library in Cambridge : a Talk with Jean Khalfa

Thu 7 March
Books & Ideas

Professor in French Studies at the Trinity College in Cambridge, Jean Khalfa will present the modern French collections of The Wren Library – the library of Trinity College. He will talk in particular about Artists’ books, and show illustrations by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edouard Manet, Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, André Masson, Fernand Léger, Joan Miró, Wifredo Lam and more.

Jean Khalfa specialises in the history of philosophy, modern literature (in particular contemporary poetry and writing in French from North Africa and the Caribbean), aesthetics and anthropology. He is the Editor of What is Intelligence? (CUP, 1994 and 1996); Afrique du sud: le cap de bonne espérance (with Chris Alden, Les Temps Modernes, 1995); The New French Poetry, a Bilingual Anthology (with David Kelley, Bloodaxe Books, 1996); The Dialogue between Painting and Poetry (Black Apollo Press, 2001); An Introduction to the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze (Continuum, 2003); Frantz Fanon, a special issue of Wasafiri No 44 (Routledge, 2005); Pour Frantz Fanon, a special edition of Les Temps Modernes, No 635-636 (Gallimard, 2006); the first complete edition of Michel Foucault's History of Madness (Routledge, 2006 and 2009). An interview on Fanon is available here. He has recently published articles on Pascal, Rousseau, Deleuze, Sartre, Fanon, Césaire, St John Perse, Glissant, Michaux, Cavaillès, Maccheroni, Roche, on typographic forms and on the relationship between contemporary poetry and the image. Several broadcasts and press articles on his edition of Fanon's collected writings, Écrits sur l'aliénation et la liberté (Jean Khalfa and Robert Young, ed., La Découverte, 2015 and 2019 and Hibr, Algiers, 2015; English translation: Bloomsbury, 2018, 2020) are available here