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Professor to Present at International Autofiction Conference

Written by Kate Harner

        Willimantic, Conn. - Michele Boskovic, professor of French in Eastern Connecticut State University's World Languages and Cultures Department, will present at "Autofiction: Literature in France Today." The conference, which is hosted at New York University (NYU), will take place from April 19-21 in Hemmerdinger Hall, located at 100 Washington Square East in New York City. The public is invited. Admission is free.

 Boskovic will present "Annie Ernaux: Writing the Self, Writing Life" on April 21. All 15 presentations focus on autofiction, a term coined by Serge Doubrovsky that describes a genre of writing that combines both autobiography and fiction. It has become a popular mode of writing in contemporary French literature that has expanded into other countries, including the United States. Autofiction allows authors to use their real names and insert themselves into their own fictitious stories in a search for self.

 The conference is supported by the Florence Gould Foundation, with additional support from Open Skies, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the NYU Humanities Initiative.

 For more information, contact Dale Dubina at dubinad@easternct.edu or (860) 465-4571.

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