A Selection of Past Activities
No more travelling around these days as Didier Girard has immured himself for the past few months to help his friend Francesca Pagani from Cremona publish a critical edition of the novels by the outrageous Jean Galli de Bibiena (1709-1779) : “Romans,” Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2014, pp.1078, ISBN 978-2-8124-2987-3, an 18th century novelist to discover or revisit!
The peripheral DG has been taken up by the vortex, and now lives in the centre of France, lecturing in the English Department of the University François Rabelais in Tours and chateau-hopping in the Loire Valley.
Currently in Venice, Didier Girard is preparing a conference on P.J. Loutherbourg’s eidophusikon in Strasburg, while his anthology of Dali’s poetic reveries is selling like hot cakes at the Pompidou Centre and his fancy has crystallized on the female icon haunting the works of US-sculptor Augustus St Gaudens
Back from Bergamo for the inauguration of the 3rd edition of the Interzones Doctorate, Didier Girard is contemplating an academic pas-de-deux between UCLA (with Gulia Sissa) and Sydney (with Peter Morgan), but as there is nothing as boring as making a choice, he is poring over the true sense of life, consulting Western and Oriental philosophers alike. In the meanwhile why not dance one’s life away?
With elephants still heavy on his mind/memory Didier Girard is anticipating the risks involved in diving into the Latin Eros on Procida Island and Loves Remote in Aix en Provence