A blend of theory and stories from an extraordinary life by a leading cultural figure.
Tom Bishop has, for over sixty years, helped shape the literary, philosophical, cultural, artistic, and political conversation between Paris and New York. As professor and director of the Center for French Civilization and Culture at New York University, he made the Washington Square institution one of the great bridges between French innovation and a New York scene in full transformation. Bishop was close to Beckett, championed Robbe-Grillet in the United States, befriended Marguerite Duras and H幨鋝e Cixous, and organized historic public encounters--such as the one between James Baldwin and Toni Morrison. He was also a scholar, a recognized specialist in the avant-garde, notably the Nouveau Roman and the Nouveau Th殪tre.
In 2012, Bishop invited Donatien Grau to give a talk at NYU. This invitation led to conversations--many of which are presented in this book--and a friendship. Literature Is a Voyage of Discovery
gathers their dialogues, retracing Bishop's career, his own history, his departure from Vienna, his studies, his meetings, his choices, his conception of literature and life, his relationship to the political and economic world, and the way he helped define the profession of "curator" as it is practiced today, offering a thought-provoking look into one of the leading minds of our time.