Challenging Normative Spaces and Gazes: The Body in 20th- and 21st-Century Francophone Culture
Guest Editors, Polly Galis, Maria Tomlinson, and Antonia Wimbush
This issue examines the body in French and Francophone cultures within and beyond the metropole, with a broad temporal, national, ethnic, racial, gendered, and generic scope. Articles explore how the body can be deployed to challenge normative spaces and/or gazes, including fixed notions of identity, as well as heteronormative and patriarchal structures of representation and power. Articles focus on how the body is understood and presented in the twentieth and twenty-first century across multiple medias. The issue offers a far-reaching conceptualization of the body, inclusive of the queer, racialized, transnational, migrant, exiled, and posthuman body.
Marie Darrieussecq, Extrême and contemporaine: From Invention, via Inventory, to Intervention
Guest Editor, Marie-Claire Barnet
This issue examines Marie Darrieussecq’s cross-disciplinary corpus of the last two decades using several theoretical frameworks and key critical issues: her rewriting of gender politics; her choices of fluid, hybrid genres bridging science and fiction; her use of psychoanalytical tools and their discontents; her artistic and social engagement in different media; and her inspiring poetics of translations and other migrations.
Plant Studies / Études végétales
Guest Editors, Rachel Bouvet and Stephanie Posthumus
Bringing together recent work in plant studies and contemporary French and Francophone literature, this issue examines how plants are imagined and conceptualized in contemporary literature written in French. Moving beyond more traditional, metaphorical readings of plants, this issue considers how plants act as agents in literary texts, reasserting the role of literary studies within the environmental humanities.
Please send article proposals in English or French (300-400 words) together with a short biography to Rachel Bouvet (email@example.com) and Stephanie Posthumus (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 1st, 2019. The deadline for completed articles (max. 6,000 words) is March 1st, 2020. For more information about the guest editors, please see their Imaginaire botanique research project website (https://imaginairebotanique.uqam.ca/.
Guest Editors, Steven Wilson and Enda McCaffrey
Thanatology has taken a distinct interdisciplinary “turn” in recent decades, moving from death as a purely medical encounter framed by the dominant discourses of biology and forensic science towards the “de-medicalization” of death and its relocation within a wider compass of cultural, social, and philosophical experience. This issue explores how death and dying are reimagined in contemporary French literary, cinematic, and philosophical narratives.
Rhétoriques du mode documentaire
Guest Editors, Jan Baetens and Éric Trudel
French literary production of the last few decades has challenged the connection between the literary text and the documentary mode. Notwithstanding the well-established difficulty of distinguishing fact from fiction, such categories remain operative in many hybrid forms. It is such contemporary practices – some less canonical than others – that this issue will highlight. (Proposals by June 1, 2020; articles by December 1, 2020.)