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Cafe No. 38 "Let's Play a Modern French Literature Word Game!"

2009-12-19 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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Cafe No. 38 -- Let's play a Modern French Literature Word Game!"

Coordinator: FUKAGAWA Akiko, Graduate School of Letters

Intended for: Anybody can attend this seminar. This is a child-friendly seminar.

*Please bring a Japanese dictionary to the venue. (The dictionary should be a book; no electronic or digital dictionaries please!)


We empirically know that by setting rules, for example, by imposing some restrictions on words used in our daily conversation, we can play with words, for example, last and first, anagram, counting rhyme, haiku poem...

Authors in Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle -- roughly translated: "workshop of potential literature") founded in France in 1960 have been intentionally creating their literature in accordance with some rules. This seminar will introduce their various techniques. Let's play with words modeled on their techniques.

Quota: 30

Admission fee: There is no charge for admission, but a refreshment fee of ¥200 will be collected.

How to apply: Applications can be made online or by sending a postcard with a reply card attached. Send the following information: (1) name of the seminar of your choice, (2) your name, (3) age, (4) address, and (5) telephone number. If you will be accompanied by a family member, please write their name and age as well.

Application period

Applications are accepted from 2 months to a month prior to the seminar day.

In principle, attendees are chosen by a lottery. Successful applicants will be informed by email or post card.

Date: 2009-12-19 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sponsored: Museum of Osaka University
Venue: Seminar Room, 3rd floor, Machikaneyama Shugaku-kan, Museum of Osaka University
Contact: Museum of Osaka University, 1-16 Machikaneyama-cho, Toyonaka, 560-0043 (The Museum closes at 5:00 p.m.)

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