The Newberry Library Colloquium

The Memoir of Lieutenant Dumont, 1715-1747: a Sojourner in the French Atlantic
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

4 – 5 pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Carla Zecher, Director, Center for Renaissance Studies

“Dodging death and success from La Rochelle to Biloxi and back, with some gardening in between, Dumont de Montigny survived to put quill to paper. His restless memoir, now briskly translated, offers a stereotype-shattering window onto eighteenth-century transatlantic life and writing.” Thus McGill professor Catherine Debarats describes the memoir of a French soldier whose manuscript account of his colonial adventures has been the focus of two Newberry publication projects over the past ten years: a French edition of the memoir, published in 2008, and an English translation, just out this month. In this presentation, Carla Zecher, project director for both books, will share some highlights of the research process – especially an exciting discovery that has revealed, at last, what eventually happened to Dumont de Montigny!

The Newberry Library Colloquium is a weekly gathering of Newberry staff members, fellows, scholars-in-residence, and readers on Wednesday afternoon. Refreshments are available at 3:30 pm and an informal presentation begins at 4 pm, followed by discussion. The talks are varied, but all relate to the Newberry collections in some way. Speakers may describe a current research project, highlight a particular collection, or discuss one of the Library’s many ongoing or special programs. The Colloquium is open to the public and no reservations are required.

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