Forthcoming Issues

2017 Spring

French Ecocriticism

Guest Editors, Daniel A. Finch-Race and Julien Weber

Ecocriticism, with its focus on correspondences between environments and cultural outputs, is largely concerned with British and North American nature writing. This issue, encompassing ten considerations of ecology on the basis of French and Francophone contexts, sets out to illustrate the richness of a burgeoning area of the environmental humanities. Félix Guattari's ecosophy, Michel Serres's natural contract, and Bertrand Westphal's geocriticism constitute the theoretical landscape of this collection that includes articles about ecology in French science fiction, rurality in modern French fiction, and the role of animals in contemporary francophone novels.

In press

2017 Summer

La plainte aux XVIe-XVIIe siècles, ou la littérature comme lien

Guest Editor, Hélène Merlin-Kajman

On se penchera sur la plainte « littéraire » aux XVIe-XVIIe siècles comme sur un cas d’école susceptible de renouveler en profondeur la réflexion sur les types de liens langagiers, dont relève la « littérature ». En effet, phoné et logos, la plainte va du gémissement animal à la plainte judiciaire : elle relève de la poétique et de la rhétorique et passe de la plainte élégiaque ou de la lettre d’abandon (Héroïdes) à la revendication politique. Il faudra donc, pour l’embrasser dans la totalité de ces manifestations, croiser des perspectives nombreuses : linguistiques, juridiques, politiques, anthropologiques, historiques, psychanalytiques, voire neuro-biologiques et éthologiques.

In press

2017 Fall

Women in the World and Works of Marguerite de Navarre

Guest Editor, Judy Kem

This issue presents feminist and other current theoretical approaches to Marguerite de Navarre’s works, especially the Heptaméron. Articles demonstrate that Marguerite challenged contemporary social perceptions of women in the Renaissance World and established female authority in general and her own in particular. The issue adds substantially to our understanding of Marguerite as both writer and social historian. In her works, she clearly speaks as a woman and for women by questioning prevailing social perceptions, offering fresh perspectives on long-enduring misogynistic discourses, and giving voice to women’s varied experiences in sixteenth-century France.

In press

2017 Winter

Modernité du mythe, à partir de Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe / Myth and Modernity, after Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe

Guest Editor, Hannes Opelz

Although Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe (1940-2007) is now widely acknowledged to be among the most significant thinkers of his time, the broader implications of his work are only beginning to become manifest. Ten years after his death, this special issue proposes to reassess his ground-breaking contribution to Western thought and aesthetics, taking it as a starting point to explore the following questions: What is myth in the (post)modern age? To what extent does (post)modernity announce the return—if not the completion—of myth? How does Lacoue-Labarthe’s engagement with myth and representation help us understand the construction and effectuation of (post)modern identities? Articles will examine these and related questions by focusing on Lacoue-Labarthe’s writings on history, politics, art, and theatre.

In press

2018 Spring

Baudelaire and Other People

Guest Editors, Maria Scott and Alexandra Wettlaufer

One of the reasons why Baudelaire’s work remains such a key point of reference for art historians, cultural historians, urban studies specialists, and literary scholars is that it explores a phenomenon that continues to be a major preoccupation today, namely what it means to live in permanent proximity to other people. This special issue will take a fresh look at Baudelaire’s understanding and theorization of other people, at his understanding and theorization of aesthetic alterity as well as his real and virtual collaborations with other artists, and at how others have responded to Baudelaire’s work.

In press

2018 Summer

Femmes Créa(c)tives: Francophone Women’s Creativity in its Socio-Political Contexts

Guest Editors, Giada Alessandroni, Sandra Daroczi, and Gemma Edney

In a world where (post-)feminism is more and more visible, scholars around the world are increasingly focusing on the work of Francophone women, exploring the interaction between the concept of ‘agency’ and women as creative figures, and examining whether a femme créative is also, by extension, a femme active.

This collection of articles spans a period from the early 20th century to the extrême contemporain, covering a wide range of disciplines including literature, film, visual arts, and theory, in order to highlight the presence and impact of women across creative media, challenge their marginalization, and examine the impact of ‘women talking about women’ in different cultural forms.

Abstracts (250 words) by March 31, 2017, to