Forthcoming Issues

Fall 2020

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.

In press

Winter 2020

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 ( and Stephanie Posthumus ( 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 (

In press

Spring 2021

French Thanatology

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.

Summer 2021

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.)

Fall 2021

His Legacy Relates: Édouard Glissant’s Thought in Literature and Culture

Guest Editors, Renée Larrier and Georgette Mitchell

Commemorating the tenth anniversary of Édouard Glissant’s passing, this issue examines the impact and significance of his theoretical thought in contemporary art forms and cultures. Articles attest to an archipelagic dissemination of Glissant’s guiding concepts and their power to generate new pathways for rethinking questions of marginalization, displacement, and the transnational.

In press

Fall 2022

Proust to Other Ends

Guest Editor, François Proulx

On the centenary of Marcel Proust’s death, this special issue proposes counter-readings of À la recherche du temps perdu and its manuscripts, in minor or unexpected modes, toward surprising points of comparison or theoretical reflection. Rather than study its sources or its reception, articles consider how the Proustian text continually unfurls to other ends, including against its own monumentalization.

Please send article proposals in English or French (300-400 words) together with a short biography to François Proulx ( by June 1st, 2021. The deadline for completed articles (max. 6,000 words) is December 1, 2021.