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3L : Language, Linguistics, Literature     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
@nalyses     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
A Cor das Letras     Open Access  
a/b : Auto/Biography Studies : Journal of The Autobiography Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Abgadiyat     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Abril : Revista do Núcleo de Estudos de Literatura Portuguesa e Africana da UFF     Open Access  
Abusões     Open Access  
Ação Midiática : Estudos em Comunicação, Sociedade e Cultura     Open Access  
ACME : Annali della Facoltà di Studi Umanistici dell'Università degli Studi di Milano     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acquisition et interaction en langue étrangère     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta Baltico-Slavica     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta Literaria     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta Neophilologica     Open Access  
AFRREV IJAH : An International Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Aksara     Open Access  
Alea : Estudos Neolatinos     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Aletria : Revista de Estudos de Literatura     Open Access  
Algazarra : Revista do Centro de Pesquisa Comunicação e Cultura : Barroco e Mestiçagem     Open Access  
Alpha (Osorno)     Open Access  
American Book Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
American Journal of Philology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
American Literary Realism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
American Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Anagramas : Rumbos y Sentidos de la Comunicación     Open Access  
Anales Galdosianos     Full-text available via subscription  
Âncora : Revista Latino-Americana de Jornalismo     Open Access  
andererseits : Yearbook of Transatlantic German Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Aniki : Revista Portuguesa da Imagem em Movimento     Open Access  
ANTARES (Letras e Humanidades)     Open Access  
Anuari de Filologia. Llengües i Literatures Modernes     Open Access  
Anuário de Literatura     Open Access  
Anuario Lope de Vega. Texto, literatura, cultura     Open Access  
Appalachian Heritage     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Arabia     Open Access  
Arbitrium     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Arcadia - International Journal for Literary Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Arethusa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Argumentation et analyse du discours     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Ars Aeterna     Open Access  
Artelogie     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Arthuriana     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Artl@s Bulletin     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Arts et Savoirs     Open Access  
Asia Minor Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Atalanta : Revista de las Letras Barrocas     Open Access  
Atalaya     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Australian Journal of French Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Australian Literary Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature & Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Babel     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Bahasa dan Seni : Jurnal Bahasa, Sastra, Seni, dan Pengajarannya     Open Access  
Balkanologie : Revue d'Études Pluridisciplinaires     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication     Open Access  
Barnboken : Journal of Children's Literature Research     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Between     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Beyond Words     Open Access  
Biblioteca Escolar em Revista     Open Access  
Biography     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
Black Camera     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Boletim de Pesquisa NELIC     Open Access  
Book History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 132)
Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
boundary 2     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Brasiliana - Journal for Brazilian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Brazilian Journalism Research     Open Access  
Bronte Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Brookings-Wharton Papers on Financial Services     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Brumal. Revista de investigación sobre lo Fantástico     Open Access  
Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Bunron : Zeitschrift für literaturwissenschaftliche Japanforschung     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Byron Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Byzantinische Zeitschrift     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Byzantion Nea Hellás     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Caderno de Letras     Open Access  
Caderno Seminal     Open Access  
Cadernos de Letras da UFF     Open Access  
Cahiers Balkaniques     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cahiers d'histoire. Revue d'histoire critique     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Cahiers de civilisation espagnole contemporaine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cahiers de littérature orale     Open Access  
Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Cahiers du Monde Russe     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Cahiers d’études italiennes     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Cahiers franco-canadiens de l'Ouest     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Callaloo     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Cambridge Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Carnets : Revue électronique d'études françaises     Open Access  
Catedral Tomada. Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana     Open Access  
CELEHIS : Revista del Centro de Letras Hispanoamericanas     Open Access  
Cervantes : Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Chasqui. Revista Latinoamericana de Comunicación     Open Access  
Children's Literature Association Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
Chloe: Beihefte zum Daphnis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Chrétiens et sociétés     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cipango     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Cipango - French Journal of Japanese Studies. English Selection     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
CLCWeb : Comparative Literature and Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
CLEaR     Open Access  
Cognitive Studies : Études cognitives     Open Access  
College Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Colorado Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Comparative Critical Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Comparative Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 36)
Comparative Literature Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 28)
Comparative Mythology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Comunicação & Sociedade     Open Access  
Configurations     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Conradiana     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Contemporary Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Contemporary Pacific     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Contemporary Women's Writing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
COnTEXTES     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
CR : The New Centennial Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Criticism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Criticón     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Cuadernos AISPI     Open Access  
Cuadernos de Ilustración y Romanticismo     Open Access  
Cuadernos de Rusística Española     Open Access  
Cuadernos LIRICO : Revista de la Red Interuniversitaria de Estudios sobre las Literaturas Rioplatenses Contemporáneas en Francia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cuban Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Cultures et conflits     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Current Narratives     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Current Writing : Text and Reception in Southern Africa     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
De Signos y Sentidos     Open Access  
De Zeventiende Eeuw. Cultuur in de Nederlanden in interdisciplinair perspectief     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature Yearbook     Hybrid Journal  
Dialektika : Jurnal Bahasa, Sastra, dan Pendidikan Bahasa dan Sastra Indonesia     Open Access  
Diálogos Latinoamericanos     Open Access  
Dicenda. Cuadernos de Filología Hispánica     Open Access  
Dickens Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Diegesis : Interdisziplinäres E-Journal für Erzählforschung     Open Access  
DIGILEC : Revista Internacional de Lenguas y Culturas     Open Access  
Discours     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Dix-Neuf     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Drammaturgia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Dublin James Joyce Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Dutch Crossing : Journal of Low Countries Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
e-Journal of Linguistics     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
E-rea     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
e-Scripta Romanica     Open Access  
e-Spania     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
e-TEALS     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Early American Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Early Modern Culture Online     Open Access   (Followers: 39)
Ecotone     Full-text available via subscription  
Ecozon@ : European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
EDGE - A Graduate Journal for German and Scandinavian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Educação & Linguagem     Open Access  
Eighteenth-Century Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Éire-Ireland     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
El Hilo de la Fabula     Open Access  
ELH     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
ELOPE : English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries     Open Access  
Eltin Journal : Journal of English Language Teaching in Indonesia     Open Access  
Emily Dickinson Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
English in Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
English in Aotearoa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
English in Australia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
English in Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
English Literature in Transition 1880-1920     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
English Studies in Africa     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
English Text Construction     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
English: Journal of the English Association     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Enthymema     Open Access  
Entrelaces     Open Access  
Epiphany     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
ESC: English Studies in Canada     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Escritura e Imagen     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Eslavística Complutense     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Essays in Criticism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Essays in French Literature and Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Estudios de Literatura Colombiana     Open Access  
Estudios de Teoría Literaria - Revista digital: artes, letras y humanidades     Open Access  
Estudios Ingleses de la Universidad Complutense     Open Access  
Estudis de Literatura Oral Popular / Studies in Oral Folk Literature     Open Access  
Études canadiennes / Canadian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Études de lettres     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Études Épistémè     Open Access  
Études françaises     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Études littéraires     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Eugene O’Neill Review     Full-text available via subscription  
European Journal of Life Writing     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
European Romantic Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
ExELL : Explorations in English Language and Linguistics     Open Access  
Exercices de Rhétorique     Open Access  
Figurationen     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Fólio : Revista de Letras     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
French Forum     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
French Studies in Southern Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
FronteiraZ. Revista do Programa de Estudos Pós-Graduados em Literatura e Crítica Literária     Open Access  
Genre     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Genre & histoire     Open Access   (Followers: 4)

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  • Volume 52 Issue 1 - Port-au-prince as microcosm of the Americas:
           Americanite meets Haitianisation in Dany Laferriere's 'La Chair du maitre'
           
    • Abstract: Hopwood, Stephanie
      This article examines how the dual notions of Americanness and Americanization construct the framework within which the linked stories within Dany Laferriere's 'La Chair du maitre' develop. This study posits that Port-au-Prince's role as main character and principal setting secures the Haitian capital's position as centre of the textual universe and, by extension, as centre of the Americas. However, despite the collection's textual creolisation, underscored by its abundance of domestic and foreign characters, heterogeneous popular cultural references, and related storylines that form the collection's backdrop, an undeniably Haitian specificity weaves through the universal Americannness that 'La Chair du maitre' suggests at first glance. This essay proposes that a Haitian form of Americanisation, or Haitianisation, manifests itself in various tales under the guise of sexual conquest and cultural domination, with the goal of inscribing Haitian influence within the context of a continental American culture.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 52 Issue 1 - Art and imperfection: Zola's 'L'OEuvre'
    • Abstract: Deutsch, David
      Critics have long highlighted the impossible ambitions of Zola's search for realism in art. This article argues that in 'L'OEuvre', Zola acknowledges the inevitable failures of large-scale artworks to depict broad subjects accurately. Yet, he counterbalances these aesthetic flaws by stressing the ability of small-scale works or sections of larger works to offer accurate depictions of slices of life or of the human body. Zola, in effect, emphasizes the successes of the naturalist project of depicting life as accurately as possible, mediated through an artist's perspective, in fragments and "admirables morceaux". Rather than signs of failure, these worthy fragments are reasons to celebrate. Concurrently, he points to inevitable flaws in realistic depictions of life to urge artists to leave their aesthetic labors, if only briefly, to experience myriad facets of life so as to gain a fuller understanding of the complexity of their subject, the world around them.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 52 Issue 1 - Transforming violence and death in Marguerite de
           Navarre's 'Chansons spirituelles'
    • Abstract: Kendrick, Jeff
      This article considers various representations of death and physical violence in Marguerite de Navarre's 'Chansons spirituelles'. These include the impact of violence on one's spiritual life, on the experience of union with God, and on the shaping of the believer's will and identity. Marguerite employs violent images both as a critique of those who would use self-brutalization to feign humility, and as a sign authenticating a sincere desire for union with the divine. The negative use of asceticism to earn God's favour, leading to pride, gives way to a positive view of suffering and death deeply embedded in and indispensable to one's experience of the divine. By differentiating the source of violence, the poems reveal that even though suffering is painful, it is necessary to transform the believer's will. More than a simple metaphor, however, death and violence become the means to and textual expression of this metamorphosis.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 52 Issue 1 - Mobile criticism: Pierre Bayard's irreverent
           hermeneutics
    • Abstract: Gulddal, Jesper; Rolls, Alistair
      Idiosyncratic to the core, French literary critic Pierre Bayard is a divisive figure commonly dismissed as lightweight or as a subverter of academic standards. In this article, we present an alternative view, arguing that Bayard's recent works constitute a systematic attempt to dismantle the dominant "textualist" paradigm of literary studies. We pursue this project across three clusters of experimentation in Bayard's critical writings, each of which is directed against a prevalent methodological constraint: the authority of standard interpretations, the limits of comparability, and the perceived sanctity of the literary text. What emerges from these experiments is an irreverent hermeneutics deeply suspicious of authoritative answers and concerned instead with opening up new styles and aims of critical practice - even when this means engaging in paradox and transgressing against logic and common sense.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 52 Issue 1 - Deleuze and Guattari in the labyrinth: 'Mille
           Plateaux' and 'Dans le labyrinthe'
    • Abstract: Adams, Craig
      This article proposes that the early novels of Alain Robbe-Grillet produce philosophical concepts which resemble those found in the work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. In taking as its primary source Deleuze and Guattari's 'Mille Plateaux' (1980), it responds to the call for an open exchange of concepts between disciplines issued not only by these philosophers, but also by Robbe-Grillet himself. A close reading of Robbe-Grillet's fourth novel, 'Dans le labyrinthe' (1959), is undertaken, focusing on the notions of space and movement and connecting them with Deleuze and Guattari's concepts of the rhizome, smooth space and nomadology. The novel is seen to break down any distinction between interior and exterior spaces, and so creates an open, indefinite space akin to the rhizome. The figure of the soldier negotiates the redefined coordinates of this space like the nomad, treating points as lines of flight and connecting spaces unexpectedly.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 52 Issue 1 - Dossier: Lionel Jospin
    • Abstract: Jospin, Lionel
      Le 22e Colloque de l'Australian Society for French Studies, organise a Melbourne par les departements d'etudes francaises de RMIT University et de La Trobe University du 3 au 6 decembre 2014 autour de la thematique "Conflit, Dialogue et Representation", fut marque par l'aimable participation de Lionel Jospin, ancien Premier ministre francais (1997-2002) et auteur du Mal napoleonien (Seuil, 2014). Essai historique des plus stimulants, 'Le Mal napoleonien' a beaucoup nourri le debat sur le legs de Napoleon Bonaparte cent ans apres la chute de ce dernier. Monsieur Jospin a presente au colloque ASFS une conference intitulee "De l'aventure napoleonienne au malaise actuel de l'Europe". Il a egalement pris part a une table ronde aux cotes de trois specialistes australiens - Peter McPhee, John West-Sooby et Jean Fornasiero - afin de debattre plus longuement des arguments developpes lors de sa conference, ainsi que dans son livre. Le present dossier, qui reunit les textes de cette conference et de cette table ronde (legerement retouches en vue de leur publication), temoigne de la richesse du debat en soulignant son importance pour la vie politique actuelle, en France comme ailleurs.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 52 Issue 1 - Deliberately barren': The rejection of motherhood
           in contemporary French women's life writing
    • Abstract: Edwards, Natalie
      This article compares the representation of voluntary childlessness in two recent literary texts: Linda Le's 'A l'enfant que je n'aurai pas' (2011) and Jane Sautiere's 'Nullipare' (2008). It situates these texts within a socio-historic context in which, according to many commentators, discourses of motherhood are highly regulated. The article first discusses stereotypes of voluntarily childless women highlighted by sociological research. It proceeds to analyse the portrayal of these stereotypes in the literary texts, both of which are first-person narratives but which are not strictly autobiographical. The analysis focuses on the narrators' sustained reflection behind their decision not to procreate. By restoring voice to the non-mother and insisting that there should be no shame in this lifestyle, they proclaim a female identity that does not depend upon reproduction. Together, they defy the stereotypes of the heartless woman, the selfish woman, the career woman, the irresponsible woman, the unnatural woman or the incomplete woman and carve out a new space for the expression of female experience.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 52 Issue 1 - Paris and the fetish: Primal crime scenes [Book
           Review]
    • Abstract: Cryle, Peter
      Review(s) of: Paris and the fetish: Primal crime scenes, by Alistair Rolls, Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2014, ISBN 978-90-420-3777-9.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 52 Issue 2 - Cadrage exquis: Reframing Jean-Jacques Beineix's
           'Diva'
    • Abstract: Hainge, Greg
      In the first instance, this article revisits the critical reception of Jean-Jacques Beineix's 'Diva' at the time of its release and the abundant critical commentary it has received since. It then goes on to propose a new reading of 'Diva' that does not follow either the damning critiques of it as an empty and apolitical exercice de style or those that, taking their cue from Benjamin, see the film as a historically-situated commentary on a specific aspect of the political or ideological context in which the film was made. Against these readings, I suggest that through thematic and formal means, and in particular through the use of the soundtrack, 'Diva' can be read as a metacommentary on the cinema more generally and one which, what is more, deliberately and positively distances the cinematic from the political. It is suggested, finally, that the cadrage in operation here explicitly, but in the cinema more generally, thus has much in common with the Surrealist cadavre exquis, since it involves the combination of diverse elements within a single work in such a way that the logic that binds those elements together can remain operational only within the artwork.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 52 Issue 2 - Introduction
    • Abstract: Andreo, Benjamin; McCann, Ben
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 52 Issue 2 - Le Jour se leve [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Reader, Keith
      Review(s) of: Le Jour se leve, by Ben McCann, London/ New York: I.B. Tauris, 2014, xiiii +, 129pp.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 52 Issue 2 - Film and/as devotion: Bruno Dumont's enworlded cinema
    • Abstract: Walton, Saige
      From the wide-screen environs of Bailleul that open upon and dwarf the tiny human in 'L'Humanite' ('Humanity', 1999) to the recurrence of the vast, impassive California desert in 'Twentynine Palms' (2003) or the windswept expanse of the Cote d'Opale in 'Hors Satan' ('Outside Satan', 2011), the films of French director Bruno Dumont level the precedence of the human over the environmental. Dumont's characters often find themselves engulfed by the physicality of their surroundings or subject to violent actions that lie beyond their own control. In these terms, the director's self-confessed shock tactics frequently test our ability to look without looking away - from viscerally charged scenes of human violence, rape and suffering that take place within his beautifully detailed worlds.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 52 Issue 2 - Obliged to sympathise: Infanticide in 'Il y a
           longtemps que je t'aime' and 'A perdre la raison'
    • Abstract: Edwards, Natalie
      How can one sympathise with a murderer of children' And furthermore, how can one sympathise with a mother who has murdered her own child' Infanticide is considered to be a particularly heinous crime, possibly because it confronts so many taboos. It functions as a specific threat to the symbolic and social orders in which the mother operates; by biological prescription, women are givers of live, not takers of it. Such a crime confronts the notion that women desire, nurture, protect and love their children instinctively and it testifies to the propensity of women to commit violence. Most irksome, perhaps, is that infanticide asks what may be lurking in the depths of the human psyche to enable such an act. As Catherine Stimpson states, "the murdering mother [...] has travelled beyond the human boundaries within which we normally dwell [...] She signifies the possibility of being us and not-us simultaneously."

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 52 Issue 2 - Code-switching as power strategy: Multilingualism and
           the role of Arabic in Maiwenn's 'Polisse' (2011)
    • Abstract: King, Gemma
      The presence of multilingualism, and its representation as a strategy for exerting power, is steadily increasing in twenty-first-century French cinema. In recent films such as 'Un Prophete' (Jacques Audiard, 2009), 'Entre les murs' (Laurent Cantet, 2008) and 'London River' (Rachid Bouchareb, 2009), multilingualism does not merely function as a decorative or secondary element, but as a central narrative component, a device for wresting and wielding power and a means of (re)negotiating interpersonal hierarchies. Thus contemporary multilingual French films are not merely multilingual; they are 'about' multilingualism. This article focusses on a sequence of code-switching between French and Arabic in the film 'Polisse' (Maiwenn, 2011). Contrasting this scene with earlier depictions of Arabic in French cinema, it interrogates how 'Polisse' uses code-switching to reconfigure the power relationship between French and languages historically underrepresented, trivialised or marginalised.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 52 Issue 2 - Mystere, intellectualisme, authenticite et
           impertinence: Isabelle Huppert en jeu
    • Abstract: Royer, Michelle
      This study, based on the theoretical framework developed by English-speaking scholars in Star Studies, explores the persona of Isabelle Huppert, with its multiple facets created by popular culture as well as the more elitist auteur cinema. The article investigates the on-screen and off-screen images of the star, through an analysis of her films, interviews, advertisements and articles in the popular and specialised press. Huppert's own revelations about the process of acting and her relationships with film directors are central to this study, which shows the paradoxical and inseparable layers of meaning that constitute the "Huppert phenomenon".

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 52 Issue 2 - The difficulty of being "modern woman": Jean-Luc
           Godard's 'Une femme est une femme'
    • Abstract: Chaplin, Felicity
      Scholarship on Jean-Luc Godard's 'Une femme est une femme' (1961) generally describes the film as not only lightweight but also sexist and condescending. The film's protagonist, Angela (Anna Karina), has been described as an imbecile, and Karina herself nothing more than a demiurge and a woman-child. However, Godard came upon the subject of the film while thinking about "musical neorealism", a conjunction he invents and describes as an absolute contradiction. These two contradictory elements, neorealism and the musical, mirror the ambiguous position of Angela as a woman in France in the 1960s. If Angela is described as "dopey" or lacking depth, it is because her depth lies elsewhere, in the social contradictions of which she is a figure. This article proposes a more complex reading of Angela and examines the way Godard's film presages many feminist/post-feminist debates that would not surface until much later.

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  • Volume 52 Issue 2 - Reframing the periphery: Narrative authority and
           self-reflexivity in Mathieu Kassovitz's 'La Haine'
    • Abstract: Hardwick, Joe
      This article takes a narratological approach in examining how Mathieu Kassovitz's 'La Haine' (1995) establishes itself as an authoritative voice in framing the banlieue. It argues that framing is essential in establishing the film's narrative authority, the idea that it is recounted from a position of experience. To do so, the film juggles two contradictory narrative impulses: a sense of critical distance which propels the film to its finale; and an emphasis on what Ross Chambers would call loiterliness, as the film tracks the wanderings of its trio of protagonists. By concentrating on three key storytelling sequences - the opening and closing voiceovers, as well as a story told by an elderly Jewish man which will be read self-reflexively - it will be argued that the key means through which the film adopts an insider's perspective is through its affinity with Hubert, a character often overlooked in writing on the film.

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  • Volume 52 Issue 3 - Introduction
    • Abstract: Duche, Veronique
      In 2015, with all the exhibitions, conferences and events celebrating the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Francis I and the Victory at Marignano - in both Europe and in Canada - it seemed fitting to cast an eye over 16th Century studies and thus identify recent trends. Though the period of the Renaissance might attract researchers from a range of sectors, as the success of the congresses held by the Renaissance Society of America can only attest, what of 16th Century studies in France' Recent such assessments of the UK, Quebec, Spain, Germany and even Italy attest to the vigour of this field of research. The burgeoning crop of doctoral theses being defended each year - both in France and abroad - confirm the commitment of a growing number of young researchers. Lastly, the excellent health of scientific periodicals devoted to the Renaissance, in French and bilingual editions, must be highlighted, with special mention to the 50th anniversary celebrations of the quarterly Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et R forme.

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  • Volume 52 Issue 3 - Inextinguible Alcofrybas, ineffable Louise
    • Abstract: Huchon, Mireille
      Fran ois Rabelais and Louise Lab are emblematic figures of the French Renaissance. Rabelais' extravagance and Lab 's feminist freedom are now celebrated beyond the circle of those who specialise in Early Modern Studies. Both writers are currently case studies used to demonstrate the importance of considering an author's oeuvre in its entirety, examining its context and its relationship with other texts, together with the input of the print workshops. Both Rabelais and Lab are uniquely problematic in terms of authenticity and authorship.

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  • Volume 52 Issue 3 - L'importance des pr faces des premiers traducteurs
           pour la codification de la trag die la Renaissance ; The importance of the
           Preface for primary translators in the codification of Renaissance tragedy
           
    • Abstract: Lardon, Sabine
      The paratext of French translations of Greek and Latin dramas (1530 to 1560) reveals the importance of the first humanists and translators in the codification of the trag die l'antique in France. The hallmarks which differentiate tragedy from morality are clearly set up in this paratext: the topic - the representation of extreme misfortunes happening to noble characters; the stylistic concept - the high style (gravitas); the double goal - delighting and teaching; and the means - the translation of the Ancients as an ideal way to carry out translatio studii.

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  • Volume 52 Issue 3 - Qui parle encore de S bastien Castellion' ; Does
           anybody still talk about Sebastian Castellio'
    • Abstract: Gomez-Geraud, Marie-Christine
      The 500th anniversary of Sebastian Castellio's birthday presents an opportunity to evaluate the current vitality of research about this atypical humanist, too often remembered only for his defence of freedom of conscience in the Servetus case. Previously, Castellio's destiny had been ordained by Protestant historiographers, led by Ferdinand Buisson. Nowadays, scholars scrutinise the work of the philologist and translator, taking a new look at issues such as tolerance and freedom of conscience in the light of Renaissance rhetorical practices and philosophical, theological and juristic thought. Recent scholarship on Castellio tries to avoid misinterpretations motivated by denominational or ideological beliefs, showing that rigorous scientific thinking must form the basis of reflection.

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  • Volume 52 Issue 3 - Le Champ de la po sie en France au XVIe si cle:
           constantes et mutations ; The Field of 16th Century French Poetry:
           Constants and Mutations
    • Abstract: Rouget, Francois
      For twenty years scholars have been re-evaluating the major French Renaissance poets (from Marot to Aubign to the "Pl iade"), notably by publishing reprints or new editions of their complete works. At the same time, new inquiries have brought to light minor poets whose works broaden our view of the Renaissance literary landscape. While authors and texts are usually studied through a political, socio-economic or cultural lens (the courtier-poet, the career-poet, the believer caught in a religious quarrel), recent studies are interested in the meaning and the poetics of genres and forms. Many recent studies have emphasised feminine poetical voices, the importance of physical media (manuscripts, prints), and the lyrical and musical foundation of poetry.

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  • Volume 52 Issue 3 - Petite histoire des r inventions et des r cup rations
           de Montaigne au cours des si cles ; The Short Story of the Reinvention and
           Reclamation of Montaigne over the Centuries
    • Abstract: Desan, Philippe
      Montaigne's work has always been ideologically diverted for the sake of various schools of thought. After his death in 1592, the emphasis was put on a political reading: Montaigne was even published in Geneva, on Protestant ground. Later he was considered not to be Christian enough and his work had to be transformed into that of a moralist. In the 18th century, the Essays were reduced to a compilation of disjointed moral sentences. During the 19th century, publication of Montaigne's work soared: Montaigne gained an unexpected visibility and was paradoxically seen as a moralist. This heavily Christian interpretation of his work was succeeded in the 20th century by a secular reading emphasising the idea of the man Montaigne at home surrounded by his books. Today in the 21st century, Montaigne's attraction lies in his hyper-subjectivity in an increasingly objectified and globalized world.

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  • Volume 52 Issue 3 - Rencontres entre litt ratures d'expression fran aise
           de la Renaissance et d'aujourd'hui ( partir de l'oeuvre de Patrick
           Chamoiseau) ; Meetings between French-language literature strains from the
           Renaissance and from today (taking inspiration from the work of Patrick
           Chamoiseau)
    • Abstract: Monferran, Jean-Charles
      A number of writers in French, notably Patrick Chamoiseau, can claim to be embracing the heritage of Rabelais, and more generally that of the language and literature "from the time of Rabelais". This partly political discourse aims to align Francophone Studies with a pre-classical and pre-colonial conception of French as a language open to orality and lexical diversity. On the other hand, this idea underlines the fact that, in many regards, 16th-century French literature was also a "francophone" literature: at that time, the use of the French vernacular was not an obvious choice. The decision to favour French over Latin in a multilingual context was a deliberate one. This encounter between 16th-century and contemporary literature in French invites us to reread both differently, and to enjoy the destabilising effect this provokes.

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  • Volume 52 Issue 3 - Renaissance et Masculinity Studies: de l'homme moderne
           au masculin postmoderne ; The Renaissance and Masculinity Studies: from
           the modern man to the post-modern masculine
    • Abstract: Maira, Daniel
      For a long time, the idea of masculinity was not explored from a theoretical point of view. Now a subfield of Gender and Queer Studies, Masculinity Studies complements Women's Studies and critically examines the traditionally non-marked gender. Having used a poststructuralist perspective to deconstruct modern masculine identities, we can now come to understand relational structures and the construction of male and female subjectivities during the Renaissance. After briefly summarising the theoretical basis of this approach, this essay will show how Masculinity Studies enriches our study and comprehension of early modern culture and literature, building on three recent articles: Todd Reeser's 'Moderating Masculinities' (2006), David LaGuardia's 'Intertextual Masculinities' (2008) and Gary Ferguson's 'Queer (Re)Readings' (2008).

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  • Volume 52 Issue 3 - Exchanges between medical and literary discourses in
           the French Renaissance: Comparing the fascination with "des amas et pieces
           de chair informes" in Montaigne's 'Essais' and Joubert's 'Erreurs
           populaires'
    • Abstract: Worth-Stylianou, Valerie
      Exchanges between medical and literary discourses in the French Renaissance: comparing the fascination with "des amas et pieces de chair informes" in Montaigne's Essais and Joubert's Erreurs populaires. Using Montaigne's chapter "De l'oisivet " as a point of departure, this article assesses the convergence of literary and medical discourses, and the significance of bookhistorical research. Since the "linguistic turn", historians increasingly examine how medical texts crossed generic boundaries, sharing many strategies of literary discourse. Equally, recent attention, within book history, to "la politique ditoriale", requires us to ask how early modern medical as well as literary books came into print and circulated. My comparison of Joubert's Erreurs populaires (1578) and Montaigne's Essais (1580), two surprising bestsellers, both published in Bordeaux by Simon Millanges, focuses specifically on the presentation of molar pregnancies by each author. I ask why this form of "monstrous birth" so fascinated the late Renaissance, and how far certain literary and medical styles of writing in the vernacular may have appealed to a common readership.

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  • Volume 51 Issue 1 - "La famille est une horrible blague": Familles en
           crise dans les romans d'Elisa Brune
    • Abstract: Verdier, Caroline
      Belgian writer Elisa Brune has often taken crisis as a starting point for her narratives. This, combined with her negative perspective on family, results in novels in which Brune tends to put the flaws and problems of families to the fore and to highlight the various conflicts which arise between its members. This article looks at the representations of family crises in Brune's 'Blanche casse' and 'La Tournante'. Although there is no outright judgment, her view is clear, and these two novels can be understood as a criticism of family, which Brune considers to be a mirage.

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  • Volume 51 Issue 1 - Crises d'identite et refraction des crises dans 'La
           Dechirure' d'Henry Bauchau
    • Abstract: Schurmans, Fabrice
      In 'La Dechirure' (1966), Bauchau articulates private and collective crisis in relation to a questioning of national identity. This article explores the concept of crisis and identity construction in the context of a nation, Belgium, marked by a variety of crises (strikes, demonstrations, decolonization). First, I will examine the terms of the new identity paradigm: the end of grand narratives and awareness of the adult subject's identity as a dynamic, neverending process rather than a fixed "given", as a result of an evolution beginning in childhood. Then I will argue that the narrator of 'La Dechirure' largely responds to this emergent model of identity and that the very structure of the novel reflects, to some extent, aspects of this new model. Finally, I will point to the possibility of reading this novel as the precursor of a series of 1970s novels that question Belgian identity.

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  • Volume 51 Issue 1 - Historical emplotment in the crisis of identity under
           Nazi occupation
    • Abstract: Emerson, Catherine
      Even within the small section of Belgian society made up by francophone intellectuals sympathetic to the Nazi occupation of the country, writers had very varied views of Belgium's place in the emerging world order. This article examines the work of four writers, Raymond De Becker, Pierre Nothomb, Louis Carette and Michel de Ghelderode, alongside some polemical writing by Leon Degrelle, the leader of Rex, and examines how their different ideological approaches lead them to interpret Belgium's past differently. Key to this analysis is Hayden White's theory of emplotment, which associates particular narrative modes (Comedy, Tragedy, Satire and Romance) with particular ideologies (Conservatism, Radicalism, Liberalism and Anarchism). The narrative affinities predicted by White are largely borne out by this examination of writers who are not historians but are telling stories about history.

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  • Volume 51 Issue 1 - Emile Leclercq l'insurge
    • Abstract: de la Torre Gimenez, Estrella
      Emile Leclercq's 1858 poem-manifesto "Le Realisme" effectively introduced Realism to Belgium. Leclercq is the prototypical thesis novelist and social writer. His thirty-odd novels are his powerful instrument to attack the institutions that hindered the nation's social and moral regeneration. Leclercq's major purpose was to develop a critical stance based on observation and analysis, and supported by evidence, notes and reminiscences of the profound social crises that hit Belgium in the second half of the nineteenth century.

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  • Volume 51 Issue 1 - The cinema films back: Colonialism, alterity and
           resistance in Chantal Akerman's 'La Folie Almayer'
    • Abstract: Schmid, Marion
      This article appraises Chantal Akerman's 'La Folie Almayer', freely adapted from Joseph Conrad, as a creative extension of the source text which both moves beyond and converges with the original in its representation of exile, alterity and flawed cultural and racial encounters. Transcending the geo-political and temporal specificities of the novel and embracing a female perspective, Akerman revisits Conrad's interrogation of colonialism from a personal and contemporary vantage point. By crossing the source with other intertexts and fusing fiction with autobiography, she creates a work that productively decentres and "creolises" the original. Akerman's refusal of fixed identitarian models and her opposition to the narrative conventions of mainstream cinema form a cinematic strategy of resistance concomitant with Conrad's critique of the colonial project.

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  • Volume 51 Issue 1 - Mieux vaut en rire qu'en pleurer: 'Spirou' a la
           rescousse du plat pays
    • Abstract: Pellegrin, Annick
      On July 20, 2011 - on the eve of the Belgian national day - the weekly bande dessinee magazine 'Spirou' published an issue whose sales figures were two and three and a half times higher than usual in France and Belgium respectively. It was a "Save Belgium" special issue, in which, aside from the series underway, the magazine literally bears the Belgian standard and broaches the topic of the crisis. If the authors of 'Spirou' offered solutions that are as extreme as they are off the wall, it is because the situation itself had taken on extraordinary proportions. Indeed, Belgium already held the record of "the longest-running government formation in living memory". What is the source of the problem' What are the solutions' What is the king doing' These are three recurring preoccupations in the short stories created by Dugomier and Ers ("Exorcisme communautaire"), Dal and Bercovici ("Plus belge la vie") and Feroumont (Le Royaume). After exploring the main lines of what constituted this Belgian crisis and the extent of the Belgianness of this issue of 'Spirou', I will turn to the recurring preoccupations of the three short stories offered by these authors. Finally, I will consider the use of humour to save Belgium in this issue of 'Spirou'.

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  • Volume 51 Issue 1 - Introduction
    • Abstract: Bainbrigge, Susan
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  • Volume 51 Issue 1 - Philosophy in the weight room: Nathalie Gassel and the
           crisis of self-representation
    • Abstract: Angelo, Adrienne
      This article traces the evolution of Belgian writer Nathalie Gassel's writing practices and contends that the space of the text is akin to the artist's own self-construction as an androgynous female bodybuilder. Yet this quest for self-representation also connotes a particular subjective crisis that the writer has lived. Although Gassel represents and embodies a singular example of a woman who has consciously transformed her body into a non-normative representation of Western female physicality, her writings on themes of otherness, marginality and exile allow us to situate her work within the scope of Belgian francophone literature. These writers have turned to literature as a space through which to examine notions of selfhood and subjective identity. Through her writings - both erotic and philosophical - Gassel negotiates the space of the individual in contemporary society and attempts to reconcile a particular type of mindbody dualism that finds its articulation in her own assertion and construction of autonomy.

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  • Volume 51 Issue 2/3 - First steps toward a history of reading
    • Abstract: Darnton, Robert
      The "First Steps" toward a history of reading that I described in 'AJFS' twenty-eight years ago have now turned into something of a stampede. They lead in many directions-so many that I cannot map them here. The excellent anthology edited by Guglielmo Cavallo and Roger Chartier, 'A History of Reading in the West' (English edition, Polity Press, 1999) surveys much of the ground covered by the end of the century. But the twentieth century already looks like the distant past.

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  • Volume 51 Issue 2/3 - In memoriam: Alan Rowland Chisholm
    • Abstract: Scott, Stan
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  • Volume 51 Issue 2/3 - Cultural networks in pre-revolutionary France: Some
           reflexions on the case of Antoine Court de Gebelin
    • Abstract: Kirsop, Wallace
      It can be disconcerting to be confronted with a text composed almost three and a half decades ago. In the present case reactions have to be mixed. On the one hand it is clear that the programme of publications I announced has not yet been carried through. On the other it is legitimate to claim that the problems defined and the ambitions outlined have not lost their validity. In other words the 1981 article and the 1980 conference paper on which it was based were attempts to stake out a territory and to suggest ways in which it should be explored. My report on work in progress has become inevitably an acknowledgment of unfinished business.

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  • Volume 51 Issue 2/3 - Meaning in Mallarme: Remarks on "A la nue accablante
           tu ..."
    • Abstract: Austin, LJ
      Best known today for his meticulous editorship of the 11-volume edition of Mallarme's correspondence, Lloyd Austin brought to bear on a surprisingly wide range of subjects a passionate fascination and a seemingly inexhaustible desire to hunt down the smallest detail of information. It is hardly surprising that this consummate literary detective enjoyed reading detective novels, carefully annotating each one with the date on which he first started reading it and that on which he finished. From his first article, published in the short-lived Australian National Review in 1937, on Fritz Strich's approach to poetry and civilization, to the publications of his maturity - L'Univers poetique de Baudelaire of 1956, the analyses of Mallarme's prose and poetry, his studies on Valery - Lloyd wrote with the infectious enthusiasm, exemplary clarity and total lack of pretention that marked his lectures and his conversation.

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  • Volume 51 Issue 2/3 - 'Candide': Joyau du style rococo
    • Abstract: Laufer, Roger
      I first knew Roger Laufer in the mid 'fifties before any of us realised the fire that burned within. I was an undergraduate student and he was a lecteur de francais, overtly not particularly enamoured of the conversation classes and, latterly, basic literary classes (at last with the grade of Lecturer) he was asked to undertake. He found himself in a very traditional French department, which put great stress on a technical proficiency that is not to be underrated but very little on achievements in research. Why he came to Australia is a question none of my informants appear to be able to answer, except that teaching in Bar-le-Duc may well have seemed less attractive than an Australian university after sojourns in the United States and Britain. His original training had been, as Wallace Kirsop points out in the obituary he wrote for an earlier number of AJFS (50: 3), in English studies, with a sprinkling of French lettres classiques. So the stage did not seem set for the important and influential career as a teacher, a scholar, an administrator and an academic publisher, that brought so much to the Australian French studies scene but also introduced the French establishment to approaches pioneered here.

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  • Volume 51 Issue 2/3 - Editorial note
    • Abstract: N, B
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  • Volume 51 Issue 2/3 - Time and autobiography in 'L'Amant' by Marguerite
           Duras
    • Abstract: Sankey, Margaret
      2014. Deux anniversaires s'entrechoquent de fa on insolite en une seule date. 1914, 1964: une date marque la naissance de l'un des ucrivains fran ais les plus connus au monde, l'autre celle de la naissance d'une revue litteraire internationale devenue incontournable. The Australian Journal of French Studies surgit sur la scene litteraire, l'annee meme ou Marguerite Duras publie l'un de ses plus celebres romans: Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein.

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  • Volume 51 Issue 2/3 - 'Etalages': Mallarme displaying "the fascination of
           what's difficult"
    • Abstract: Lloyd, Rosemary
      I first encountered the writing of Stephane Mallarme in my third year at the University of Adelaide and was instantly, and permanently, enthralled by his enigmatic and beautiful use of language. My honours thesis, directed by Peter Hambly and inspired by Lloyd Austin's article in Syntheses "L'Apres-midi d'un faune': Essai d'explication", set out to examine the critical approaches to the poem and the "tres haute et belle idee" that underpins it. The excitement I felt in reading not just the poem but Mallarme's poetry and prose more generally still shines out in the opening sentences to that thesis: "Des qu'il aborde un poeme de Mallarme, le lecteur se trouve devant une langue nouvelle. Cette langue est d'autant plus etrange qu'elle semble, a premiere vue, familiere." When I came to write the following article for the number that AJFS dedicated to honouring the many contributions of Peter Hambly, there was no question that its subject would be Mallarme and its focus yet again that strangely familiar language.

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  • Volume 51 Issue 2/3 - "Jouet de cet oeil d'eau morne . . .': Rimbaud's
           'Memoire"
    • Abstract: Lawler, James
      To paraphrase Jim's judgement of Paul Claudel's fascination with the Orient: "The French poetry that Lawler came to know was not a passing fancy." Apollinaire, Valery, Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Mallarme, Claudel, Bonnefoy: all these poets came under his close and impassioned scrutiny. Not for him readings that lock a poem into a certain code, Freudian or Jungian, Marxist or structuralist. Brushing these impatiently away, he shows that his was a mind that revelled in complexity, that was not afraid of the open-ended interpretation, that insisted on accounting for all elements of a text, from the diction through its contradictions, from the spoken to the suggested, from a joyous acceptance of free association to a rigorous determination to respond to both poetic chaos and poetic control with the same calm and lucid intelligence. The argument that poetry that merely toys with language, rendering itself playfully or antagonistically unreadable, is for him, at least in the case of Rimbaud, anathema, a betrayal of the poet's determination to represent the truth of experience and emotion.

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  • Volume 51 Issue 2/3 - Three non-places of supermodernity in the history of
           French cinema: 1967, 1985, 2000. 'Playtime', 'Subway' and 'Stand-by'
    • Abstract: Hainge, Greg
      French (or Francophone) thought has arguably had a greater influence on the discipline of film studies than any other kind. For the film scholar David Bordwell this is not necessarily a good thing. He talks in a derogatory manner of SLAB theory, which is to say any film theory based on the ideas of Saussure, Lacan, Althusser or Barthes. Even this kind of condemnation, however, is proof of the extent to which French thought has come to dominate the field of film studies, and this list of names only grows longer if we think of some of the major figures of film studies itself: Bazin, Daney, Bellour, Metz, Chion; or philosophers who, unlike those cited by Bordwell, have turned their attention to the cinema in major works: Bergson, Deleuze, Nancy, Badiou and Ranci re to name but a few. This influence of French thought on the discipline of film studies has been maintained across almost all of the various approaches that the discipline of film studies has adopted over the years, whether phenomenological or auteur-based, structuralist or poststructuralist, psychoanalytic or semiotic, and this is still the case today with many of the more recent "turns" that have happened in film studies and the humanities more generally, such as the "affective turn" and the "neurocognitive turn".

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  • Volume 51 Issue 2/3 - Four ways to meddle with subjectivity: French lyric
           poetry since Baudelaire
    • Abstract: Chambers, Ross
      Conversation. It seems to have been the simple pleasure of talking about books with likeminded people that attracted me to work in the humanities. It's symptomatic, I think, that having been invited some years ago to give a keynote address at a large antipodean conference, I chose to avoid the authority and conclusiveness the word keynote implies and instead to present a species of conversation - a tiny conference, if you will - by bringing together a set of poems that each in its own way 'meddles with subjectivity'. What is the relation of subjectivity to language, and more particularly to poetic language' Each poem in my conversation muddies the water in relation to that abiding question, which is not only a permanent topic of the lyric but also happened to address the conference theme. So it was a case of two birds with one stone: 'conversation', more than 'keynote', is the true modus vivendi of the humanities; the textual subject - in all the possible interpretations of that phrase - their abiding concern.

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  • Volume 51 Issue 2/3 - The larrikin as hero (in French studies)
    • Abstract: Hainge, Greg; Rolls, Alistair
      In this article, we set out to contextualise and analyse the current situation of French Studies in Australia through a brief consideration of both the history of the 'Australian Journal of French Studies', the discipline itself in the Australian context, and the research context within which that discipline currently finds itself. We suggest that whilst the qualifier 'Australian' in the title of 'AJFS' is, in important respects, not at all important, it can be maintained that this journal and the discipline of French Studies as it has played out in Australia nonetheless display an unmistakably Australian characteristic, namely larrikinism. This characteristic, we suggest, should leave the discipline of French Studies in an advantageous position in the current research environment in Australia. The reality, however, is not quite so and the question thus becomes how to rearticulate the importance of this discipline to the Australian context.

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  • Volume 51 Issue 2/3 - Mobilising French studies
    • Abstract: Forsdick, Charles
      When "Mobilising French Studies" was published in 2011, it constituted an attempt to reflect on what might happen when we privilege a potent keyword - in this case "mobility", and its verb form "to mobilize" - across a specific disciplinary field. I was particularly interested in the ways in which the harnessing of the polysemy of "mobility" might resonate through French studies, federating existing activity, catalysing fresh work and new approaches, enhancing or encouraging cross-disciplinary dialogues, and offering a possible platform on which we might continue to build the essential project of what Mary Louise Pratt helpfully dubbed a "new public idea about language". One of the main triggers for the article was Stephen Greenblatt's "Cultural Mobility: A Manifesto", an intervention that crystallized pithily a number of ideas - developed most notably over the past two decades in the work of scholars such as James Clifford, Timothy Cresswell, Mimi Sheller and John Urry - around the place of travel, translation and transfer as phenomena constitutive of cultures in their historical emergence and contemporary reality. Greenblatt's provocation has perhaps not attracted the attention it merits, although his Cardenio project continues to demonstrate the potential of such an approach to literature, culture and performance. Also, specifically within French studies, a number of researchers have linked this more general reflection on mobility to emerging phenomena such as litterature-monde, have deployed Greenblatt's manifesto to investigate complex regions such as the Indian Ocean, and have factored his work in this field into consideration of emerging areas such as the dynamics of translation; in addition, initiatives such as the ULIP-based journal Francospheres (also published by Liverpool University Press) have sought - in the spirit of the manifesto - to "define and question the presence of French language and culture across frontiers and borders"; and the historicization of contact and mobility has been subject more generally to close scrutiny in a number of ongoing projects.

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  • Volume 50 Issue 3 - Roger Maurice Armand Laufer (1928-2011)
    • Abstract: Lloyd, Rosemary
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  • Volume 50 Issue 3 - Magnificent obsessions: Honouring the lives of Hazel
           Rowley [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Castro, Brian
      Review(s) of: Magnificent obsessions: Honouring the lives of Hazel Rowley, edited by Rosemary Lloyd and Jean Fornasiero. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.

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  • Volume 50 Issue 3 - Les fruits de la Passion: Le theatre de Yasmina Reza
           [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Noonan, Mary
      Review(s) of: Les fruits de la Passion: Le theatre de Yasmina Reza, by Helene Jaccomard, Bern: Peter Lang, 2013.

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  • Volume 50 Issue 3 - Ripping open the set: French film design, 1930-1939
           [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Reader, Keith
      Review(s) of: Ripping open the set: French film design, 1930-1939, by Ben McCann, Bern/Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 50 Issue 3 - The livres-souvenirs of Colette: Genre and the telling
           of time [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Holmes, Diana
      Review(s) of: The livres-souvenirs of Colette: genre and the telling of time, by Freadman, Anne, (Research Monographs in French Studies, 33.) Oxford: Legenda, 2012.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 50 Issue 3 - Literatures in French today: Markets, centres,
           Peripheries, transition
    • Abstract: Crowley, Patrick
      This article draws on Pierre Bourdieu's analysis of the relationship between contemporary developments in print-capitalism - such as the vertical integration of means of production and distribution - and the literary avant-garde, and takes it in two directions. The first questions the extent to which these developments have, or have not, weakened the hold of Parisian publishers - and the dominance of French literature - on literatures in French published outside France. The second, related angle of enquiry questions the decline of the avant-garde at the expense of a thematics of the "real" that takes a number of forms, one of which is the postcolonial. The thrust of the argument is that this contemporary transitional moment sees French literature in a state of flux within broader, transnational configurations.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 50 Issue 3 - Imagining twenty-first-century literature via print
           publishing: Problems for "Francophone" literature and the case of Guinea
    • Abstract: Small, Audrey
      This article explores the ways in which "imagining twenty-first century literature in French" is directly shaped by historical and contemporary patterns of print publishing. Growing scholarly interest over the last decade in factors relating to the production and circulation of print has begun to draw out the importance of the material life of books in what we perceive as "literature", and particularly how circumstances vary greatly within the vast literatures produced in major world print languages such as French. Here the division between "French" and "francophone" literature seems securely established institutionally, though it is a permanent source of debate. This article seeks to draw attention to some key aspects of the production and circulation of print literature which underpin this, focussing on literature in Guinea as a case study.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 50 Issue 3 - The spectacle of Marie NDiaye's 'Trois femmes
           puissantes'
    • Abstract: Asibong, Andrew
      This article interrogates the bizarre disjunction between the loosely-linked tales of Marie NDiaye's 2009 bestseller 'Trois femmes puissantes' and the manner in which they have been marketed as a single, coherent, realistic novel about "strong African women". This deformation by the market has made NDiaye's previously more complex and oblique - but less economically viable - evocations of racialized "difference" somehow culturally digestible. 'Trois femmes puissantes', by being spectacularly hung on a largely imaginary hook named "Africa", lends itself to a cliche-ridden, neo-colonialist discourse, and is accordingly misrepresented, exoticized and commodified at every turn. Any genuine puissance the text itself might wield has been neutralized, sucked dry, and "dumbed down" by the powerful machine that is the Debordian "spectacle" of capitalist hegemony.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 50 Issue 3 - Dossier: Twenty-first-century literature in French
    • Abstract: Forsdick, Charles; Holmes, Diana; Syrotinski, Michael
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 50 Issue 3 - Precedence and posterity: Patterns of publishing from
           French scientific expeditions to the Pacific (1785-1840)
    • Abstract: Clode, Danielle; Harrison, Carol E
      Publication precedence was as important to scientific endeavours in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century as it is today. Our study of publication patterns from French scientific expeditions to the Pacific (1785-1840) reveals significant changes to the way in which science was conducted and the levels of control different contributors retained over the resulting publications. Early voyages were characterized by the presence of civilian savants and a lack of centralized control over the resulting voyage publications, either by the Navy or the Museum d'histoire naturelle. After Baudin's landmark voyage, science was largely conducted by naval officers rather than civilian savants, in a move somewhat contrary to the general professionalization of the sciences at the time. This increased naval control appears to have reduced tensions on the voyages as well as ensuring that most scientific publications appeared in the officially sanctioned voyage narrative, edited by the surviving senior officer. This change, however, did not reduce the scientific value of the voyages. Our research shows that voyages post-Baudin were just as scientifically productive as the earlier ones and the naval scientists on board are still recognized by modern scientists, through citation, as the primary authors of the work they produced on these voyages.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 50 Issue 3 - A carefully curated collection: Female figures as
           sites of inscription in Gautier's 'Emaux et Camees'
    • Abstract: Edgington, Erin E
      This article examines the ways in which female figures function as additional sites for poetic inscription in Gautier's 'Emaux et Camees'. Although considerable attention has already been paid to the numerous and varied objects catalogued in the collection and, indeed, to the notion of the poems themselves as objects, the present study aims to expand upon such interpretations of the work by focusing on three texts, "Le Poeme de la femme", "Etude de mains : Imperia" and "La fellah". In these poems, female figures who, while they may at first be granted some agency (and be represented going about the business of daily, if highly stylized, life), are finally immobilized within the verse as their bodies, and particularly their pristine skin, ultimately function as an additional paper-like surface for the poet, permitting their assimilation into Gautier's diminutive private collection.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 50 Issue 3 - Le monolinguisme de l'auteur: Camus, Le Clezio,
           Derrida
    • Abstract: Alant, Jaco
      This article takes as its point of departure statements of identification through language by two Nobel prize-winning French authors separated in time by several decades: French as "patrie" (fatherland) as expressed by Camus, as "pays" (country, land) by Le Clezio. These appropriations of French are interpreted against the background of a third author (philosopher) whom we find, chronologically at least, half-way between the two authors, namely Derrida, known for his "attachment" to French and whose Le Monolinguisme de l'autre presents itself as referential (inter)text for a parallel reading of two essentially autobiographical novels by the two authors, Le Premier Homme (Camus) and L'Africain (Le Clezio). In the light of this reading, the authors' identification with French reveals itself to be the outcome of a dual colonization, both of and by language, adumbrated around the notions of land and (the language of the) father or mother, set against a backdrop of inevitable violence. Cet article prend pour point d'appui les expressions d'identification par la langue de deux auteurs francais nobelises pourtant separes par plusieurs decennies: le fran ais comme "patrie" chez Camus; "pays" chez Le Clezio. Appropriations du francais a inscrire a l'enseigne d'un troisieme auteur (philosophe) se posant, chronologiquement au moins, entre les deux, Jacques derrida, faisant a son tour etat de son "attachement" au francais et dont Le Monolinguisme de l'autre se propose comme (inter)texte de reference pour une reflexion menee en parallele sur deux romans a caractere autobiographique, Le Premier Homme (de Camus) et L'Africain (de Le Clezio). identification qui serait l'issue d'une certaine colonisation de la langue, colonisation par la langue, et dont l'elaboration met surtout en relief les notions de pays, de (langue de) pere ou de mere et de violence inevitable.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 50 Issue 3 - Valery and Houellebecq: The death (or the return) of
           the subject
    • Abstract: Webber, Insook
      In this article, I examine two authors who may appear dissimilar in the extreme: Paul Valery and Michel Houellebecq. Most commonly associated with Monsieur Teste and Pure Poetry, Valery is considered a hermetic author, inaccessible to a large public, while Houellebecq is perhaps the only contemporary French author who has attained planetary status as a bestselling novelist. Often dismissed by critics who ascribe his fame less to literary merits than to politically incorrect provocations, Houellebecq has also been labelled a New Reactionary. More specifically, he is viewed as representing the "return" of the subject as opposed, and in reaction, to the "death" of the subject which the progressive thinkers of the 1960s and 1970s, and Valery before them, had theorized. The putative Houellebecquian return of the subject proves, however, to be much more ambivalent than categorical, hence amenable to an opposite interpretation. By means of a pervasive use of contradiction, Houellebecq even seems to obliquely reaffirm the death of the subject. In addition, if the notion of the death of the subject is indelibly linked to poststructuralism, Valery is an important precursor to it. The bridge thus created between Valery and Houellebecq is further reinforced by their shared pessimism about human nature, which leads each to conceive of a new human type. This article will conclude with a rapprochement between Valery's Monsieur Teste and Houellebecq's humanoid clone as embodying such a new type.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 50 Issue 3 - Communion of the flesh: Original sin according to
           Michel Houellebecq
    • Abstract: Boileau, Gilles
      This article analyses the religious theme in two novels of Michel Houellebecq, 'Les Particules elementaires' and 'La Possibilite d'une Ile'. These two novels oppose the dying contemporary world with its future in a way that makes them mirrors of each other: they reinterpret Christian dogma in a technological fashion, giving birth to two opposed Utopias, the first achieving total success through a complete annihilation of the "old" humankind and the second representing the utter failure of its attempt to bring back the dead. Three theological themes are illustrated in Houellebecq's works: communion of the Saints, resurrection of the flesh, and Original Sin, whose role is central to the two novels. In 'La Possibilite d'une Ile', it is precisely because the old humankind is resurrected as such, still in the throes of Original Sin, that the new world cannot arise.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 50 Issue 3 - Editorial: AJFS at 50
    • Abstract: Nelson, Brian
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 50 Issue 2 - Elliott Christopher Forsyth (1924-2012)
    • Abstract: Hambly, Peter
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 1 - Intertextuality and murder: Anne F. Garreta's 'La
           Decomposition' and 'A la recherche du temps perdu'
    • Abstract: Andrews, Chris
      The narrator-protagonist of Anne Garreta's 'La Decomposition' (1999) presents himself as the perfect criminal, killing in way that is neither random nor personally motivated, while relatedly eliminating characters from Proust's 'A la recherche du temps perdu'. But the constraint that is supposed to determine the killings and eliminations is poorly formulated in Oulipian terms, and the novel narrates its progressive failure. Garreta's treatment of Proust's text, while certainly irreverent, does not mirror the purely destructive intent of her protagonist: she recomposes as well as decomposing, mobilizing and reconfiguring fragments of the monument that she has broken up. 'La Decomposition' gainsays over-generalizing accounts of Oulipian intertextuality that characterize it as mechanical and memory-free. Because of the narrator's treacherous mobility, the constantly varying distance between the positions he adopts and those that can be reasonably attributed to the author, the novel demands an unusually high degree of epistemic vigilance. Inviting us to join the narrator in his sharp critique of literary mores, it also leaves us free to entangle ourselves in his contradictions, particularly regarding embodiment and disembodiment.

      PubDate: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:50:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 1 - The transnational and the transformative: Haim
           Tabakman's 'Tu n'aimeras point' and the shifting profile of French cinema
           in the Twenty-first century
    • Abstract: Hardwick, Joe
      The transnational in French cinema has largely been examined in terms of the industry's relation to Hollywood. This article, through a reading of the French-Israeli coproduction 'Tu n'aimeras point' (2009) by Haim Tabakman, will ask what the transnational means when Hollywood is not in the frame. Three kinds of "trans" will be discussed. The first is how the transnational is read in writing on French cinema. The second is translation: how the film travels to reach a wider audience. The third is the transformative. 'Eyes Wide Open' recounts several months in the life of Aaron, a kosher butcher whose life in transformed when he welcomes the outsider Ezri as his apprentice. In reading Tabakman's film in relation to transnational genres, it will be argued that the film can teach us something about the French transnational through the themes it explores: stagnation and mobility, hospitality and hostility.

      PubDate: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:50:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 1 - A 'Nouveau roman de la route': Marc Seguin's 'La foi
           du braconnier' and the challenge of rewriting
    • Abstract: Robert, Julie
      Quebecois novelist Marc Seguin's 'La foi du braconnier' (2009) is a road novel, an iconic American genre centred on the youthful quest for purpose and permissible rebellion against societal norms, reminiscent of Franco-American Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Far from being just another imitator of this genre-defining novel, Seguin's tale of a Quebecois-Mohawk poacher who decides to drive a route that spells out FUCK YOU on the North American continent also draws on elements of the 'Nouveau Roman' to posit a fraught relationship between the acts of writing and driving that are central to the road genre. The novel's fragmented narration in particular suggests that the self-expression and personal freedom sought on the road are illusory goals.

      PubDate: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:50:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 1 - Michel Houellebecq's 'Soumission': Adventures in
           space, time, possibilities and French studies
    • Abstract: Pratt, Murray
      Redefining French Studies has proven a fertile (and necessary) exercise over the last few decades, as scholars have sought to position, and reposition, theoretical enquiry, pedagogy and the fields of literary, cultural and social critique associated with the term, within debates about globalisation, the transnational and the interdisciplinary. More generally, concepts associated with national identities have been revisited in the light of contemporary reconfigurations and deterritorialisations of the postcolonial, revealing the extent to which literature in particular engages cosmopolitics (and cosmopoetics) that entail a critical, rather than an instrumental, nationalism as an important pole in how cultural belonging is produced and disseminated, experienced and located. Within these dynamics, considerations of a contemporary novel that situates the national, specifically France, as its focus, requires readings that bring to bear the country's inherent (self-)difference, otherness, trans-ience, all the more so given that the novel in question, Michel Houellebecq's 'Soumission', due to the nature of its plot and its relevance to current events, became implicated in national searches for meaning that ensued.

      PubDate: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:50:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 1 - Jeanne and Charles: 'Les fleurs du Mal' as "uncertain
           fables"
    • Abstract: Rosello, Mireille
      This article explores the constantly evolving status of "Jeanne Duval" within the various discourses that constitute French studies. Travelling back and forth between invisibility and hyper-visibility, legibility and opacity, at times relegated to the margins of Baudelaire's poetry, and sometimes moving to the forefront of feminist and postcolonial literature, Jeanne Duval is an elusive subject and object. In this text, the two words Jeanne Duval will be considered as an interpreting machine that helps readers to reframe both the object of their interest or desire and the theoretical tools that Jeanne Duval, as a function, implicitly authorises or disallows. Depending on whether we wish to focus on Baudelaire's poetry, the black female subject, the Black Venus or an eroticised muse, a different scene of address appears, that reveals our current understanding of French studies.

      PubDate: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:50:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 1 - Does love know no borders': Culture-crossed lovers
           in 'Les amants desunis' and 'Les nuits de Strasbourg'
    • Abstract: Agar, Trudy Louise
      This article examines some of the historical, social and political oppositions to cross-cultural love in novels written by Assia Djebar and Anouar Benmalek. Franco-Algerian couples in 'Les amants d sunis' and 'Les nuits de Strasbourg' are seemingly unable to love each other in the in-between territory that separates their national and cultural identities. Their love encounters end, for the most part, in separation, violence or death. The violence of the past is ever-present in these cross-cultural relationships, threatening to resurface and disrupt love, while the historic victims of this violence make claims on the lovers' loyalties. Benmalek asserts an ethics of compassion that functions to transform enemies into friends or lovers. While language difference is revealed in these novels to be a site of separation, it is language that provides the means of reconciliation and loving proximity between historical enemies.

      PubDate: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:50:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 1 - On moving and (inter) disciplinarity: Thinking about
           Australian French studies in the active voice
    • Abstract: Robert, Julie; Rolls, Alistair; Vuaille-Barcan, Marie-Laure
      PubDate: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:50:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 1 - Eatin' tail, suckin' head: Moving across the French
           Americas with queer talk about food
    • Abstract: Hayes, Jarrod
      This article considers Cajun poetry in French since the 1960s in the context of the various migrations that have defined the French Americas. In particular, it focuses on Beverly Matherne's 1999 bilingual poem, "Je vas vendre mon chasse-neige/Sellin' My Snow Blowin' Machine" in relation to the foodways that have developed over the course of the migrations that resulted in Acadians becoming Cajuns. Through queer culinary associations, Matherne not only blurs the distinction between normative and queer, she also challenges the insider/ outsider distinction through which Franco-Americans have been othered and marginalized. More broadly, this article makes a case for moving French studies away from its European metropolitan centre to the New World, a move that also pushes American studies away from its standard Anglocentrism and favours understanding French as, among other things, an American language that must cease to be so marginal in American studies.

      PubDate: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:50:33 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 2/3 - 'Mon cher ami': Friendship in 'Le bourgeois
           gentilhomme'
    • Abstract: Weeden, Kirk
      Moliere's ideological position in regard to the nobility and bourgeoisie of his era is a hotly contested subject. This article contributes to this ongoing debate by offering a reading of friendship in 'Le Bourgeois gentilhomme'. In particular, it analyses the relationship between the bourgeois protagonist, Monsieur Jourdain, and the count Dorante. It seeks to understand this relationship in terms of friendship by referring to the influential philosophical construction of friendship proposed by Cicero in 'Laelius de amicitia'. It argues that both characters fall short of the conditions required for such a friendship, leaving them equally open to criticism. While there appears to be weightier judgment reserved for Dorante's conduct, this is problematized by considering the cultural phenomenon of 'honnetete' in seventeenth-century France, which complicates the Ciceronian conception of friendship. The analysis suggests the need for a wider reading of Moliere's works to further explore this socio-cultural tension.

      PubDate: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:51:59 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 2/3 - Periodical press and formal innovation in Aloysius
           Bertrand's 'Gaspard de la nuit'
    • Abstract: Gosetti, Valentina
      Louis (Aloysius) Bertrand's 'Gaspard de la Nuit' (posthumously published in 1842) is often still remembered as the first canonical collection of prose poetry in France. Although seemingly flattering, this established classification has led to a retrospective appreciation of Bertrand's work in light of the better-known authors that succeeded him in the history of this genre. The aim of this article is to challenge this traditional commonplace, by resituating Bertrand's collection in its own time, the 1820s and 1830s, and by studying the compositions of 'Gaspard de la Nuit' within the context of wider, contemporary Romantic experimentation. After discussing Bertrand's debts to his contemporaries, this article argues that Bertrand's typographical and spatial awareness, which was probably gained through his journalistic experience, represents a further step within Romantic poetic practice. The real inventor of the 'fantaisie Bertrandienne' might well be the periodical press.

      PubDate: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:51:59 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 2/3 - Dialogism and song: Intertextuality, heteroglossia
           and collaboration in Augusta holmes's setting of catulle mendes's
           'Chanson'
    • Abstract: Ardrey, Caroline
      This article proposes a new methodology for analysing song, underpinned by Mikhail Bakhtin's ideas of intertextuality, dialogism and heteroglossia. It builds on the recent current of scholarship that challenges Bakhtin's hierarchical view of the novel as the dialogic literary mode par excellence, and presents the theories of dialogism and heteroglossia as apt for the analysis of lyric poetry. In the article, this Bakhtinian theoretical framework is applied to a little-known song setting of Catulle Mendes's "Chanson", composed by Augusta Holmes and published in issue six of Mallarme's 1874 fashion magazine La Derniere Mode. The objective of this article is twofold: on the one hand, it seeks to situate this collaborative endeavour within a historically and culturally wide-ranging intertextual network and, on the other, it aims to demonstrate the value of applying Bakhtinian dialogism as a theoretical framework in word and music studies in order to enhance our understanding of the processes by which songs are created, performed and received.

      PubDate: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:51:59 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 2/3 - Les ecrivains florentins d'avantgarde et la France:
           Echanges, rivalites et conflits, 1900-1920
    • Abstract: Giladi, Amotz
      At the beginning of the twentieth century, many Italian avant-garde writers tried to operate within the French literary field. This can be explained by the avant-garde's propensity for transnational circulation, as well as by the particular prestige of Paris in the global intellectual scene. However, in early twentieth-century France, Italians, associated with mass immigration, often did not enjoy a high reputation. Moreover, literary exchanges between the two countries were marked by a strong asymmetry: while French literature was widely translated in Italy, Italian works translated into French were rare. To address this situation, Italian writers developed several strategies, and we shall examine here especially that of the Florentine group composed of Giovanni Papini, Ardengo Soffici and Giuseppe Prezzolini. Their position, both "pan-Latin" and nationalistic, led them to advocate solidarity between the two "Latin" nations, while trying to balance their symbolic power relationship. The case of the periodical 'La Vraie Italie', founded by Papini, shows clearly the complex issues tying these Florentine writers to France.

      PubDate: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:51:59 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 2/3 - Contraindre le chaos a devenir forme: Le motif de la
           descente aux enfers dans et les chiens se taisaient d'Aime cesaire
    • Abstract: Allen, Jason
      In this paper, I argue that the persistent historical trauma of colonialism leads to a crisis akin to the descent to the underworld (or katabasis) in Aime Cesaire's Et les chiens se taisaient, in which we may discern the deep patterns shaping the poetics of the author. Offering a close reading of the play grounded in Edouard Glissant's "poetics of Relation", I argue that Cesaire's hellish "abyss" functions productively as a poetic trope for the experience of slavery and its traumatic consequences. I also show that the "abyss" (which represents the spatio-temporal rupture engendered by the Atlantic slave trade and the experience of slavery itself) is conceived as a creative void out of which the author's poetic aesthetic emerges. The article pays particular attention to Cesaire's intertexts, especially Dante and the Divine Comedy. Glissant's theory of "Relation" is used as a guiding framework to emphasise the dialectical thrust of Cesaire's poetic project.

      PubDate: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:51:59 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 2/3 - Maternal estrangement: Uncovering family crimes in
           malika Mokeddem's 'Je dois tout a ton oubli'
    • Abstract: Arenberg, Nancy
      Malika Mokeddem's novel Je dois tout a ton oubli is a haunting work that explores the motherdaughter relationship from a complex perspective, focusing on traumatic amnesia, repressed memories, and family secrets. This essay will concentrate on the estranged relationship between the traditional Algerian mother and the resistant daughter, Selma. As the embodiment of postmodern freedom associated with her generation, Selma rejects the conventional Islamic values her mother upholds. To examine the strained relationship between them, particular emphasis will be placed on the representation of Selma's "bad" mother, as she holds the key to uncovering the truth about a tragic family crime. The latter part of the study will explore the larger socio-political implications of motherhood, pertaining to women's roles in postcolonial Algeria.

      PubDate: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:51:59 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 2/3 - Mobilite, reves et revoltes: Les paradoxes le
           cleziens dans 'Onitsha'
    • Abstract: Simpore, Karim
      In Onitsha (1991), J.M.G. Le Clezio is concerned to depict a multifaceted imaginary in which idyllic adventures and dreams, but also disillusion and revolt, are intertwined. If the author's main focus in this work is an openness to the values pertaining to multiculturalism, notably those of Onitsha as reflected through the character of Boni, he shows at the same time the historical and socio-cultural factors that hinder the realization of this project of dreams of mobility in the quest for other intersections of cultures, spaces and identity values. As well as analyzing the aesthetic dimensions of Le Clezio's novel, this article aims to illuminate the compromise techniques used by the author, which may seem paradoxical, but are useful in terms of an individual's introduction to a new universe exposed to violent changes of identity values.

      PubDate: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:51:59 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 2/3 - Lessons from east and west in Francois Cheng's 'Le
           dit de tianyi'
    • Abstract: Silvester, Rosalind
      The theme of pedagogy in Francois Cheng's Le Dit de Tianyi (1998) undergoes, in this article, a more systematic and sustained study than has been carried out so far. Principles associated with cultural learning, Experiential Learning Theory and acculturation theory are used to provide insights into the protagonist's ethnic identification, cross-cultural learning and training as a painter during his early years in China and study trip to Europe (1950s). However, limitations to the usefulness of these three Anglophone theories from the Educational Sciences are discussed, and it is suggested that a circular conception of Tianyi's learning experiences, reflecting Chinese philosophy, is revealed at certain points, and that this offers resistance both to Western theory and to the straightforward application of theory to literature. When combined, the two sets of approaches convey the spirit of Cheng's own assimilation of East and West in terms of his translingualism and the cultural product that is the novel.

      PubDate: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:51:59 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 2/3 - Intermusicality, space and deleuzian aesthetics in
           Jacques Reda's 'quatre lettres de coleman hawkins'
    • Abstract: Anderson, Lynn
      Jacques Reda's foundational relation to jazz is clear throughout his work. The monumental series of poems in L'Improviste, "Quatre lettres de Coleman Hawkins", blends the influence of jazz in Reda's work with his spatial poetics. Inspired by the tenor saxophone great, Reda himself improvises poetically to create a cadence that reflects the rhythms of this jazz icon. The intermusical synergy between jazz and poetry merges with intertextual improvisation through images of the sea and soaring that voice expressions of freedom and open space. In examining Reda's poetic practice as spatial practice, this study also takes into account the spatial dimensions of Deleuze and Guattari's thought, together with concepts they elaborate in relation to music. As Reda composes orchestral textures and movements through airborne images of clouds and birds that extend to the flowering world's dispersive and generative momentum, a renewed and renewing space comes into being.

      PubDate: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:51:59 GMT
       
  • Volume 54 Issue 2/3 - Faire entrer le reel en collision avec le
           romanesque: L'art du montage dans retour a kotelnitch et un roman russe
           d'Emmanuel carrere
    • Abstract: Hugueny-Leger, Elise
      This article explores occurrences of juxtaposition and collision between lived experience and fiction in the film Retour a Kotelnitch (2003) and the book Un roman russe (2007, trans. My Life as a Russian Novel) by Emmanuel Carrere. Following on Eisenstein's conception of montage, I posit that the construction and fictionalisation of experience act as a step towards (self-) understanding and knowledge in Carrere's search for his, and his family's, origins. In a diptych which may be viewed as a manifestation of postmemory, the grey zone which Carrere explores - in which fiction is a mode of living and "real" doesn't mean "reality" but "unbelievable" - corresponds to the creative potential of autofiction.

      PubDate: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:51:59 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 3 - Charles Denis Boak (1932-2015)
    • Abstract: Unwin, Tim
      Denis Boak, Professor of French at The University of Western Australia from 1975 to 1995, died peacefully in the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, on 5 July 2015 after a quiet but lengthy struggle with failing health. He was in his eighty-third year, and is survived by Estelle to whom he had been married for forty-nine years. Those who knew Denis will remember him as a scholar of exceptional erudition and intellectual range. He was, for many, a living illustration of the virtues of constant reading, and we are the poorer for having lost the scholar with his learning, and the man with his insights, his curiosity, and his irreverent wit.

      PubDate: Mon, 1 May 2017 17:23:20 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 3 - Book Reviews
    • Abstract: Bradley, Jane Winston; Reader, Keith; Gregory, Fiona; West-Sooby, John; Chambers, Ross
      Review of: Leslie Barnes, Vietnam and the Colonial Condition of French Literature (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2014) ; James Cannon, The Paris Zone: A Cultural History, 1840-1944 (Farnham, UK/Burlington, US: Ashgate, 2014) ; Victoria Duckett, Seeing Sarah Bernhardt: Performance and Silent Film (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015) ; Fran oise Grauby, Le Roman de la cr ation: crire entre mythes et pratiques (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2015) ; Brian Nelson, The Cambridge Introduction to French Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)

      PubDate: Mon, 1 May 2017 17:23:20 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 3 - "Je lis ca comme je lirais un roman": Reading
           Scientific Works on Hypnotism in Late Nineteenth-century France
    • Abstract: Hajek, Kim M
      In France ca. 1878-1890, hypnotism enjoyed unprecedented legitimacy and cultural authority, with literary interest flourishing alongside medico-scientific enquiry into the topic. In light of these dual conditions, this article examines how texts about hypnotism constituted their ideal reader, with a focus on the role of the reader's imagination. It firstly elucidates the ways scientific texts guided their ideal reader to suppress any imaginative response to hypnotic phenomena. If this served to neutralize potentially damaging interpretations of phenomena, it also placed constraints on scientific experimentation into hypnotism. Fictional studies of hypnotism raised the possibility, however, that it was valid to read accounts of hypnotic phenomena "like novels", that is, in an imaginative mode. The analysis, in this second part, centres on an episode from Jules Claretie's 1885 novel Jean Mornas, before finally exploring the implications for scientific enquiry of fluidity between scientific and literary ways of reading hypnotism.

      PubDate: Mon, 1 May 2017 17:23:20 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 3 - Louis XV's Black Son
    • Abstract: Merrick, Jeffrey
      On 14 May 1775 Sim on Prosper Hardy recorded a bizarre rumour that Louis XV had a black son who claimed the French throne, occupied for just a year by Louis XVI, with the support of troops, the late king's daughters, and the prince de Cond . This article explores folkloric, sexual, and symbolic aspects of the rumour against the background of the transition between regimes, courtly factions and frictions, popular dissatisfaction with the old and new monarchs or at least their ministers, and royal policy about people with black skin. It suggests that the rumour, constructed out of facts and fictions, could have multiple meanings in the minds of Hardy's contemporaries.

      PubDate: Mon, 1 May 2017 17:23:20 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 3 - Un monde perdu? Fetiche, Nostalgie et "l'espace
           quelconque" de Tran Anh Hung
    • Abstract: Barnes, Leslie
      The cinema of Trần Anh H ng is defined by a subtle relationship between speed and slowness. His films focusing on Vietnam constitute an audio-visual composition that is vast and associative and often present the filmmaker's native country from multiple perspectives at once. In this essay, I examine this quest for simultaneity through a close analysis of the figure of the prostitute in Cyclo (1996). In the prostitute we see the coexistence of two value systems, one Marxist and the other psychoanalytic, and the multiplicity of time. It's a cinematographic time that is not teleological, but that doubles and unfolds itself, that insists on the singularity of the present moment as an opening onto the past and the future, where everything is brought back into play, where everything can begin again.

      PubDate: Mon, 1 May 2017 17:23:20 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 3 - Pour une critique bayardienne en-de du texte: le cas
           de 'Hendrik Biebouw' (Henri Bibault)
    • Abstract: Alant, Jaco
      If one could legitimately, i.e. as a critic, talk about a book one hasn't read (as has been suggested by Pierre Bayard), it must be equally possible to talk about a book (novel) that hasn't been written. This article explores this question through a reading of Bayard's Le Plagiat par anticipation (2009), drawing particularly on the concepts of "troisi me texte" (third text - relating to a "constitutive" reading) and of plagiarism of the "psyche" (focusing on the creative process). The "case" used to illustrate the argument is that of Hendrik Biebouw (Henri Bibault), known to a greater or lesser extent within South African history for having laid claim to being African (Afrikaner) in the midst of an early eighteenth-century Cape European settler community. The history relating to the event has not, as such, been novelized, yet it can reveal itself as literary through the intervention of the critic.

      PubDate: Mon, 1 May 2017 17:23:20 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 3 - Histoire et symbolique architecturale: lecture du
           Compagnon du Tour de France de George Sand
    • Abstract: Gado, Rania
      This article examines the symbolic treatment of architecture in 'Le Compagnon du Tour de France', a historical novel by George Sand published in 1840. The novelist creates an architectural space which allows us to read the political history of her age and the social conflicts within it. Thus, the castle of the Villepreux family appears not as a solid block but as a torn edifice where different time-frames intertwine. It evokes the past through its nature as a ruin, it suggests the present through the restoration of the chapel, and it announces the future through its building sites. Inhabited by socially different characters, the manor becomes a place which reflects the complex relations between social classes.

      PubDate: Mon, 1 May 2017 17:23:20 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 1/2 - Tyrannies of Distance, Perils of Proximity: Time,
           Space and Virtuality in the French and Francophone World
    • Abstract: Hardwick, Joe; Hubbell, Amy L
      Distance and proximity: two concepts which refer to the space, literal or metaphoric, between two things, two beings, two moments in time. The terms mean to stand apart and to be near; yet, the literal and ostensibly spatial nature of the terms quickly yields to their many figural uses. The easy slippage between the literal and metaphoric, the spatial and temporal, means that the two terms, however banal and transparent they may appear at first, belie a hidden complexity which invites us to see similarity in difference, and difference in similarity. This article explores how the two terms function across time in French and Francophone Studies in Australia and presents the complexities that arise in the articles gathered together in this special number of AJFS.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:48:44 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 1/2 - L'Ailleurs et l'ici
    • Abstract: Auge, Marc
      It becomes more difficult each day to distinguish between exterior and interior, elsewhere and here. According to Paul Virilio, with globalization, the relation between interior and exterior is reversed: the interior is the global, that is, the system, and more precisely, the economic and electronic networks which constitute its foundation; the exterior, conversely, is the local, to the extent that it seeks to escape the logic of the system. As for art, its problem has always been to keep its distance from a society which it must nonetheless represent to be understood. It must be expressive and reflexive. Current conditions render more difficult the gap between expression and reflection, which involves the paradoxical eclecticism of a recourse to the exterior in a world in which there is no longer any elsewhere. In the new global order, the notion of elsewhere has lost its substance and no longer exercises its charm.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:48:44 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 1/2 - Towards an Ethics of Distance: Representation, Free
           Production and Virtuality
    • Abstract: McCaffrey, enda
      This article takes it inspiration from a crisis between Deleuzian free production and representation in contemporary virtual and digital culture. The aim is to sketch a different ethics to the ethics of difference between free production and representation as described by Deleuze and Guattari and invoked by Michel Foucault in his preface to Anti-Oedipe. This article outlines the case for an ethical relationality between these two structures which eflects the socio-political and ethical exigencies of our virtual and digital cultures: specifically, an ethics of relationality derived paradoxically from the distance inscribed in ethical philosophy. Drawing on an amalgamation of Ricoeurean ethics and social constructionism in a definition of selfhood, I argue for the need to stand back from the distanciating effects of the virtual revolution - not with a view to approximating the cultural politics of specificity in the logic of representation - but to see in the gap in "distance from" specificity, a space of ethical and philosophical agency wherein lies the value-added of otherness.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:48:44 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 1/2 - Distant (Be)longings: Contemporary Australian
           Memoirs of Life in France
    • Abstract: de Nooy, Juliana
      Memoirs by Australians of living in France have proliferated since 2001. Their appeal largely depends on providing an insider's insights, and invariably the authors refer to their feelings of belonging in France. Belonging to a place is commonly conceived of as a gradual attachment established through repeated local routines. In these memoirs, however, expressions of belonging are curiously often strongest on arrival in France, only to diminish thereafter. Indeed, belonging seems best achieved at a distance, prior to travel, rather than created in situ, in proximity to the local French population. This article interrogates this situation via recent theoretical approaches to belonging. It suggests that France is constructed as an imaginary space in which to project an idealized self. Rather than ratifying the projected identity, however, actual relocation to France threatens it, since the pragmatic realities of intercultural contact ultimately hamper attempts to perform belonging through that identity.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:48:44 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 1/2 - The Performance of Intimacy and Resistance:
           Rayhana's ' mon ge je me cache encore pour fumer'
    • Abstract: Winter, Bronwyn
      This article discusses the text and performance, as well as the sociopolitical context, of Algerian feminist activist, actor and writer Rayhana's (mostly) French-language play 'A Mon ge je me cache encore pour fumer', first performed in Belleville in late 2009. The play is set in a hammam, thus rendering publicly visible a private women's space, and in doing so, crossing the distance between the patriarchal separation of public and private, and between actors and audience. A real-life attack on the author, during the play's first season, closed the distance between "art" and "life" as each echoed and mirrored the other. The play and its performances, inevitably anchored within the broader French debate about women, Islam, culture, liberty and equality, also traversed the often artificial distances that supposedly separate Algerian women's experiences from those of French women.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:48:44 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 1/2 - Narrating Trauma: Distance and Proximity in the
           Haitian Earthquake of 2010
    • Abstract: Thomas, Bonnie
      At 4.53pm on Tuesday 12 January 2010 a devastating earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale hit the Caribbean island of Haiti. The sheer magnitude of its destruction put Haiti on the world map in an unprecedented manner as the horror of the earthquake and its aftermath was watched around the world and generated a huge relief effort. In contrast to aspects of the country's past such as the experience of slavery, which left little written trace of its effects, this contemporary event was recorded in minute detail in both written and visual forms. This article examines how contemporary Haitian writers Dany Laferri re and Rodney Saint-Eloi have used their craft to narrate, and thereby attempt to come to terms with, this trauma. It also explores the way in which both distance and proximity are necessary in order to come to terms with trauma and how the narrative process helps forge a path towards healing.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:48:44 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 1/2 - Writing Up Close and From a Distance: French and
           North- American Representations of Belleville (Paris) in Contemporary
           'Roman Noir'
    • Abstract: Stott, Carolyn
      The Parisian quartier of Belleville is considered the ideal setting for roman noir. Post-1968 French n o-polar writers proffer a critical view of contemporary French society with its social inequality, racism, corporate and political corruption, unemployment and its consequences. This paper presents a transatlantic view of contemporary Belleville seen through the eyes of French author and journalist Serge Quadruppani, Canadian artist and author Blaise Giuliani, and American crime fiction writer Cara Black. How do these representations of Belleville differ from one side of the Atlantic to the other? From where do these differences stem? What is the relationship between fact and fiction in each of these portrayals? Does the authors' readership affect the way Belleville is depicted? In attempting to answer these questions, this article contributes to discussions about place and setting in the roman noir/n o-polar, contemporary Belleville, and its reputation in and outside of France.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:48:44 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 1/2 - Abolir la distance (sociale)? 'Le Quai de
           Ouistreham' de Florence Aubenas la lumi re de Pierre Bourdieu
    • Abstract: Jaccomard, Helene
      This article assesses Florence Aubenas's work of "immersion journalism" Le Quai d'Ouistreham in the light of Pierre Bourdieu's methods of investigation. The point is to find out whether the journalist's immersion in joblessness has the hallmarks of good fieldwork. It is true that the book provokes a radical change of mind in readers about the lives of the working poor, and this is a sign of a successful testimony. However, some crucial elements of the "r flexivit r flexe" recommended by Bourdieu are missing, such as the researcher's self-analysis in terms of her own social position compared with the subjects under observation. Aubenas bridges the social distance between her subjects, devoid of economic and social capital, and herself by adopting a temporary role as a cleaning lady doing her "hours", but she remains an intellectual with advantages she doesn't even realize she has. These are the strength and the weakness of immersion journalism.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:48:44 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 1/2 - Quatre ans seulement et pourtant: la distante
           proximit des deux versions 'd'Un dilemme' de Huysmans
    • Abstract: Bourgeois, Bertrand
      Huysmans' novella 'Un dilemme' first appeared in two parts in 'La Revue ind pendante' (1884). Four years later, the novella was published again by Tresse et Stock. Despite their relative proximity in time, the two versions showcase numerous differences, such as long additions or deletions, alterations of words, sentences and even entire paragraphs. These differences are not simply cosmetic or stylistic, but also ideological: they therefore allow us to revisit Huysmans' writing process and question his traditionally accepted departure from naturalism after rebours (1884). In this article, I compare the two states of the text to demonstrate that Huysmans' careful editing and rewriting of his novella contributes to the elaboration of a very satirical text against bourgeois values in a pure naturalistic fashion.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:48:44 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 1/2 - Georges Bataille et Henri Michaux: vers une ph nom
           nologie de l'extase
    • Abstract: Fernandez Castillo, Jose Luis
      The Belgian-French poet and painter Henri Michaux wrote of Bataille's Histoire de l'oeil: "So unique and crucial are the pages you wrote about ecstasy (how important it is, ecstasy!), that after having experienced mescaline, I understand it deeply and am able to interpret it with a totally new approach." In this article I examine the relevance of ecstatic experience both as an aesthetic category and as the key element in what can be called "a theory of poetic knowledge" in the works of Georges Bataille and Henri Michaux. I trace the roots of Michaux's and Bataille's ecstatic approach to art back to the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and his notion of the "Dionysian". In doing so, the influence of Nietzsche's ideas on Bataille's and Michaux's concepts of ecstasy becomes apparent, as does the relationship to the sacred which their writings seek to establish from a materialist point of view.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:48:44 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 1/2 - Vanquishing Temporal Distance: Malraux, Art and
           Metamorphosis
    • Abstract: Allan, Derek
      How does art transcend time? What special power enables it to overcome temporal distance and speak to us not just as evidence of times gone by but as a living presence? The Renaissance concluded that great art is impervious to time - "timeless", "immortal", "eternal" - a belief endorsed by Enlightenment aesthetics. Later thinkers such as Hegel, Marx and Taine stressed the historical embeddedness of art, a view also espoused by certain modern theorists such as Sartre, Benjamin and Adorno. The conflict between these two positions has left us without a persuasive account of art's capacity to transcend time. Andr Malraux offers an entirely new account of this unique power of art. For Malraux, art is neither exempt from history (timeless) nor wholly immersed in it. Art transcends time through metamorphosis, a process of continual transformation in significance in which history plays an essential, but not exclusive, part.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:48:44 GMT
       
  • Volume 53 Issue 1/2 - Distance et proximit de la cr ation: la grand-m re
           comme figure de la vocation dans ' la recherche du temps perdu'
    • Abstract: Grauby, Francoise
      The term 'scripturire', coined by Barthes to refer to the "desire to write", is best exemplified, according to him, in ' la recherche du temps perdu'. He bases this "desire to write" on a figure, the grandmother, who, through example and her role as "mother of the text", pushes the narrator to accomplish the action and the result required to satisfy the 'scripturire'. In other words, the accomplishment of writing can take place only through the grandmother's mediation but at the same time through her narrated disappearance. Revealing her role as transmitter of beliefs in the power of narration, and exposing the function of two dreams which bring to life the posture of this figure, this article examines the "troubling strangeness" resulting from distance and proximity, and which is introduced by these dreams in order to bring about a symbolic transfer of power from the grandmother, as poetic muse, to the grandson.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:48:44 GMT
       
 
 
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