Guest Lecture

"The Sight of Abject Poverty": Two Lectures on Jack London's Writings on the Life of the Poor

Event Information

  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017
  • 12:15 pm - 2:45 pm
  • Adam-Kuckhoff-Str. 35, SR 2
  • 06108 Halle (Saale)

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“The Sight of Abject Poverty”: Two Lectures on Jack London’s Writings on the Life of the Poor

Prof. Dr. Noël Mauberret and Prof. Jeanne C. Reesman, Ph.D.

Lecture 1: Prof. Dr. Noël Mauberret (IAU, Aix en Provence, France): “Jack London and Economic and Social Misery.”

Professor Mauberret is an Adjunct Professor, translator and professor for Literature and Film at the Institute for American Universities College  in Aix en Provence, France. He received his Ph.D. for his work on Jean Giono’s Chroniques Romanesques and since then has published numerous articles dedicated to Giono’s work . From 1999 to 2015, Noël Mauberret has managed the publication of Oeuvres Complètes de Jack London (Editions Phébus). He is also the author of articles, prefaces and lectures about the life and work of the Californian writer and translated two of London’s books. Together with Michel Viotte he is the co-author of the biographical study Les Vies de Jack London (Editions de la Martinière/ARTE editions, 2016). He worked as literary advisor for Michel Viotte’s movie Jack London: Une Aventure Américane (ARTE, Dec. 2016). As president of the Association des Amis des Jack London, Mauberret has organized exhibitions about the work of Jack London in Grenoble, Geneva, and Brest. From 2012 to 2014 he was the president of the Jack London Society in the USA.

Lecture 2: Prof. Jeanne C. Reesman, Ph.D. (University of Texas, San Antonio): “‘The Country God Has Forgotten that He Forgot’: The People of the Abyss”

Jack London expert Prof. Jeanne C. Reesman (University of Texas, San Antonio) will talk about Jack London as an observer of life in the East End, London’s poorest and most deprived areas in the early 20th century. Prof. Reesman will present a photographic survey of Jack London’s own photographs made for the The People of the Abyss (1903), an account of his life among the homeless and desperately poor denizens of London’s notorious East End.

The lectures start at 12.15 pm.
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