Literature goes beyond the book – and we go with it!

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From the 5th to the 9th September 2018, the Centre Pompidou in Paris opens the second edition of its Festival Extra!, which proposes to show what happens ‘when literature leaves the book’. True to the spirit of this Modern Art Museum which holds in its collections some of the most important convention-breaking artists of the twentieth century, the festival offers visitors an insight into the richness of the literary scene outside the better known world of the printed book today.

As part of the festival, which will include live performances, exhibitions, and interactive workshops, Authors and the World member Erika Fülöp has collaborated with Gaëlle Théval of the University of Rouen and Gilles Bonnet of the University of Lyon 3 on presenting the emerging ‘littéraTube’, literature on YouTube in the form of videos. Three screens of different sizes, a tablet, a desktop PC , and a large television screen, will show a selection of the abundant (French) literary life on the video sharing platform, including creative ‘video-writing’ in the form of vlogs and videopoems, performances and interview recordings, booktubers’ videos, and ‘lectubeurs’ performances, who read extracts of their own or others’ texts to the camera.

The programme also includes a ‘Soirée LittéraTube’ with performances by poet-artist Jérôme Game and author Noémi Lefebvre, and a roundtable discussion with the participation of the three academics on the 7th of September. Gilles Bonnet, Erika Fülöp, and Gaëlle Théval are currently working on a monograph on littéraTube, which raises questions not only about new literary forms in the digital environment, but also about the limits of literary expression, its traditional institutions, and possible futures.


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