French and German authors read from their works

My esteemed colleague Judith Fontanillas and I (both Departement of German Studies, Le Mans Université) are organizing together with colleagues from the Literary Studies Departement of Le Mans Université (Laëtitia Tabard) and from the Europa University Flensburg (Margot Brink, Jan Rhein) a series of online readings by contemporary authors from France and Germany.  Students are strongly involved in this pedagogical project: they will introduce the authors, moderate the Q&A, and provide minutes of the different sessions. More specifically: the French students will moderate German-speaking authors while German students will moderate French-speaking authors.

We are very grateful to the French-German Youth Work (DFJW/OFAJ) for the generous funding that enables us to remunerate the authors for their performances. 

The sessions take place on a series of Thursdays at 6:30 PM:

November 12th, 2020: Arne Rautenberg reads from his poems.

November 26th, 2020: Mikaël Ollivier reads from his novel Tout doit disparaître.

December 3rd, 2020: Elsa Koester reads from her book Couscous mit Zimt.

December 10th, 2020: Erwan Desplanques reads from his short story Une chance unique.

January 21st, 2020: German-French Poetry Slam by Monsieur Mouch, PoiSon d’Avril and Björn Högsdal.


My special thanks go to Jan Rhein for doing all the organisational heavy-lifting in this project – it would not have been possible without him!

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Anne Baillot (2020, November 12). French and German authors read from their works. Digital Intellectuals. Retrieved April 21, 2024, from

Anne Baillot

I am a Professor of German Studies at Le Mans Université. My areas of research include German literature, Digital Humanities, textual scholarship and intellectual history.

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