Construction and deconstruction of France and Paris as myths

Ian Jack, journalist and editor in chief of the British magazine Granta, asked his readers in 1997 “What has happened to France – the universal nation, the tutor of the good life, the place we visited to feel the kiss of a superior civilization?”. The country (and Paris in particular) has given rise to a mythology, a cultural discourse which has been successively constructed and deconstructed in modernity. In this conference, we will trace the multiple facets of this mythology through visual and print culture in the 20th century.




Cécile Beaufils is Associate Professor (Maître de Conférences) in British Literature at Faculty of Arts & Humanities Sorbonne Université. A former graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Lyon), she has published articles in peer-reviewed journals on contemporary British writing, and on the British literary magazine Granta.

Her current research interests include the evolutions of the book as object and the recent inclusions of technology in fiction.