Radio Casanova

France Culture radio has just offered a series of four episodes exploring Casanova’s life, as interviews with top Casanovists. Click on each link to read the full description or listen to the interview, all of which are in French. What exciting explorations! Clearly, Casanova study is on a new upswing, with interest piquing in France especially.


  1. Philosophy professor Maxine Rovere retells Casanova’s life story, revealing its mythical qualities in love, letters…and arrests.


2. Here Jean-Christophe Igalens looks at Casanova the writer, from his early work in translation, adaptation, and parody, to his later journalism and history writing, none of which brought him the income he needed to live nor the fame he sought.


3. In this episode, Guillaume Simiand explores Casanova the adventurer, his ability to live as a chameleon, to seek his fortunes and not control where he ends up.


4. Chantal Thomas discusses two major times in Casanova’s life: the debilitating encounter with La Charpillon in London that reveals for C a sense of “otherness,” and the various invigorating times in Paris, where he delves into his fullest exploration of the riches life has to offer.


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1 Response to Radio Casanova

  1. Nancy says:

    I’m afraid my high school and college French died a long time ago.

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