How different is the love/hate relationship between a mother and daughter and the delusional obsession of erotomania? What are the contours of healthy and unhealthy attachment in love and romance? Florence Noiville and Norman Manea explore the pathologies of love from the most routine and banal to those that border on sickness. Noiville suggests that in literature, as in neuroscience, to be "madly in love” means just that—no more, no less.
Florence Noiville is staff literary critic for Le Monde and foreign fiction editor of Le Monde des Livres. She is the author of, among others, Isaac Bashevis Singer: A Life (FSG, 2006) and the novels The Gift (Northwestern University Press, 2012) and A Cage in Search of a Bird (Seagull Books, 2016).
Born in 1936 in Romania, Norman Manea is one of the most celebrated international authors of the past half century. His novels, short fiction, and literary essays have been translated into more than 20 languages. Since 1988, he has been writer in residence at Bard College.
The event will be held in English, and is co-sponsored by La Maison Française and The New York Institute for the Humanities.