Bringing Dante to the Beach

Training for Vietnamese Translators in Social Sciences and Humanities, a project funded by EUNIC Global.   A review of Bertrand Westphal, The Plausible World: A Geocritical Approach to Space, Place, and Maps,  Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. By Etienne Rolland-Piègue, Director of Institut français du Vietnam Originally published in French as: Bertrand Westphal, Le monde plausible : […]

The Literary Supplement to the Journey of the Ethnographer

Training for Vietnamese Translators in Social Sciences and Humanities, a project funded by EUNIC Global.   A review of Vincent Debaene, Far Afield: French Anthropology between Science and Literature,  University of Chicago Press, 2014. By Etienne Rolland-Piègue, Director of Institut français du Vietnam. Originally published in French as: Vincent Debaene, L’adieu au voyage: L’ethnologie française […]

Taking Leo Strauss Seriously as a Philosopher

Training for Vietnamese Translators in Social Sciences and Humanities, a project funded by EUNIC Global.   A review of Daniel Tanguay, Leo Strauss: An Intellectual Biography, Yale University Press, 2011. By Etienne Rolland-Piègue, Director of Institut français du Vietnam. Originally published in French as: Daniel Tanguay, Leo Strauss. Une biographie intellectuelle, Grasset, 2003. The way […]

A Literary Essay Worthy of Tristes Tropiques

Training for Vietnamese Translators in Social Sciences and Humanities, a project funded by EUNIC Global.   A review of Philippe Descola, The Spears of Twilight: Life and Death in the Amazon Jungle,  New Press, 1998. By Etienne Rolland-Piègue, Director of Institut français du Vietnam. Originally published in French as: Philippe Descola, Les lances du crépuscule […]

The Last of the Cannibals

Training for Vietnamese Translators in Social Sciences and Humanities, a project funded by EUNIC Global.   A review of Pierre Clastres, Chronicle of the Guayaki Indians,  Zone Books, 1998. By Etienne Rolland-Piègue, Director of Institut français du Vietnam Originally published in French as: Pierre Clastres, Chronique des indiens Guayaki, Editions de Minuit, 1974. Pierre Clastres was […]

Why The Economist Got It All Wrong

Training for Vietnamese Translators in Social Sciences and Humanities, a project funded by EUNIC Global.   A review of Jacques Derrida, The Work of Mourning,  University Of Chicago Press, 2001. By Etienne Rolland-Piègue, Director of Institut français du Vietnam Original edition in English. I usually hold The Economist magazine in high esteem. But on the […]

Reading French Theory in French

  Training for Vietnamese Translators in Social Sciences and Humanities, a project funded by EUNIC Global. A review of François Cusset, French Theory: How Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, & Co. Transformed the Intellectual Life of the United States, Univ. Of Minnesota Press, 2008. By Etienne Rolland-Piègue, Director of Institut français du Vietnam. Originally published in French as: […]

The Man who Smoked Twisted Cigars

 Training for Vietnamese Translators in Social Sciences and Humanities, a project funded by EUNIC Global.   A review of Tiphaine Samoyault, Barthes: A Biography, Polity, 2017. By Etienne Rolland-Piègue, Director of Institut français du Vietnam. Originally published in French as: Tiphaine Samoyault, Roland Barthes, Le Seuil, 2016. Every major French intellectual from the twentieth century […]