SMU Witnessed a Lecture Given by Professor Le Clézio—Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
SMU news on March 18th, 2019 On the afternoon of March 15th, Professor Le Clézio, the 2008 Nobel Prize winner in literature, came to our school to give the first lecture in a series of academic lectures held by foreign expert on the introduction of foreign knowledge in 2019 on "Dialogue with the Master-Nobel Laureate on Campus trip of SMU.
Professor Zeng Ming, the president of SMU, together with some relevant teachers from the Office for International Cooperation and Exchange and the School of Literature and Journalism, as well as other 500 teachers and students, attended this lecture.
President Zeng Ming, on behalf of all the teachers and students from different nationalities in our school, extended a cordial welcome to Professor Le Clézio.
During this meeting, President Zeng Ming said that it was the first time that we had invited the first academic master in liberal arts since the establishment of SUM. And he had a discussion with professor Le Clézio about Su Dongpo and Du Fu, famous writers in ancient China. Professor Le Clézio said that he had a strong interest in Du Fu’s poems.
Professor Le Clézio then shared a presentation on China's gifts. Professor Le Clézio came to China for the first time in 1967 and he has been bound up with China many times, he has so far been struck by the differences between China and the rest of the world. In the report, Professor Le Clézio expressed his admiration for the Chinese philosophers Mozi and Confucius. He thinks that Mozi is not only a philosopher, but also a great inventor.
Mozi built the world's first dark chamber, which was 2000 years earlier than Leonardo da Vinci's invention, serving as a preparation for the invention of photography, but also it had a profound impact on modern civilization. By borrowing the dialogue between Confucius and his disciples, he thinks that this is Confucius's necessary criticism of power and shows the independence of early Chinese intellectuals, which can be compared with the moral power of Greek philosophers such as Socrates.
Professor Le Clézio also has a preference for Chinese writers, Lao She and Lu Xun, especially, when it came to the poem written by Li Bai — Sitting Alone on Jingting Mountain, and the novel written by Cao Xueqin— A Dream in Red Mansions, he sung high praises for them.
He imagined an artistic imagery in Sitting Alone on Jingting Mountain and fancied himself a mountain integrated with nature and he made a comparison between the chapter-type novel A Dream in Red Mansions and Vanity Fair. Professor Le Clézio said he loves Chinese literature and believes that Chinese literature plays an important role in the world and is one of the treasures of human civilization.
Born in 1940, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, a famous French writer, is one of the representative writers of the French New Fables in the second half of the 20th century and one of the leading figures in French literature today. He, together with Modiano and Perek, is renowned as “Three Stars in France”.
He became the most popular writer among French readers according to the readers survey in 1994 and was awarded the French four-class medal of honor in 2009. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2008 with his representative works such as Lawsuit Writing, the War, Nomadic Stars and Hunger Intermezzo and during the time Professor Le Clézio was described by 2008 Nobel Committee as a writer who had opened up a new start point to show a poetic adventure and sensory pleasure, as well as an explorer outside and within the mainstream of the civilization system.