Author: Anne Baillot

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The right spice mix

As much as I had tried to plead for having more female authors in our reading panel, the people I came up with declined or didn’t even answer, and in the end, we only had one female author reading from her novel: Elsa Koester. Somehow I felt like I related...

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The Magic of Poetry

For our first online reading (see the presentation of the whole reading series here), our guest was poet Arne Rautenberg, whom you can get to know better through his webpage. For him – and for all the other guests, too – it was the first time he experienced the online...

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Teaching literature

I’ve always thought of myself as a literature teacher, and this has probably been one of my greatest sources of disappointment since I stopped being a full-time researcher and became a full professor. In my two first years as a professor, I didn’t get to teach literature since a colleague...

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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...

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Back to not normal

This is supposed to be about my last confinement blog post. It feels weird saying so, and seems out of touch with reality, but hey! Confinement is officially ending on Monday. We won’t have to carry any attestation any more, we will be able to meet our friends. Masks are...

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Of sitting and standing

I have never liked, nor really been able to perform, hour-long sitting. Actually, if there is one thing I hated in school, it’s the sitting. Inevitably, your back aches, your belt hurts, you fall asleep, you can’t help but concentrate on a minor detail at the blackboard or in the...

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