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This book offers a survey of the constitution of the French memoir tradition, and explores in detail the works of four representative authors: Philippe de Commynes, Louise de Savoie, Philippe de Cheverny, and François de Bassompierre. Works of self-writing were usually printed under the title of “memoirs” and have been often considered a uniform genre. These early forms of self-writing were in fact highly heterogenous works at the crossroads of multiple genres, from the account book to the astrological diary. Their writing, printing, and circulation challenge modern notions of autobiographical genres: their authorship is often questionable and collective, and they tended to be compiled in large collections for political ends, without regard to the authors’ intention.
Le nouveau fantastique de Jean-Pierre Andrevon analyse les facettes étranges du fantastique de Jean-Pierre Andrevon, écrivain contemporain appelé le « King » ou « Lovecraft » français. Andrevon propose une nouvelle vision du fantastique ancré profondément dans le quotidien contemporain, en apparence monotone et banal, dans lequel évoluent aussi bien ses personnages que ses lecteurs. L’auteur révèle ainsi le revers angoissant du monde, qui devient une source d’horreur puissante car familière au lecteur : catastrophes naturelles (pandémies mystérieuses, désastres climatiques, fin de l’Anthropocène) et historiques (guerres, totalitarismes), problèmes sociaux et psychologiques (folie, psychoses collectives, solitude). Un signe emblématique du fantastique andrevonien est également son dialogue avec le cinéma d’horreur.

Le nouveau fantastique de Jean-Pierre Andrevon analyses the uncanny facets of the fantastic by Jean-Pierre Andrevon, a contemporary writer called “the French Stephen King” or “the French H.P. Lovecraft". Andrevon presents a new vision of the fantastic, deeply rooted in contemporary everyday life, seemingly monotonous and banal, in which both his characters and his readers evolve. Thus, the author reveals a different, harrowing side of the world familiar to the reader, as it turns into a powerful source of horror: natural catastrophes (mysterious pandemics, climate-related disasters, end of the Anthropocene), historical tragedies (wars, totalitarianism), social and psychological problems (madness, collective psychosis, loneliness). Another hallmark of Andrevonian fantastic is its dialogue with horror cinema.
Expérimentation et sémentation au XXIe siècle
Author: Claire Olivier
Dans Les écritures de l'image par Jean-Philippe Toussaint Claire Olivier s’intéresse à la manière dont l’écrivain, cinéaste, photographe et plasticien Jean-Philippe Toussaint, expérimente la puissance des images pour composer en ce début du XXIe siècle une œuvre singulière fondée sur des relations transesthétiques. Elle s’attache à montrer que les écritures toussaintiennes, quel que soit le médium choisi, sont visuelles. Elles donnent à voir, à penser, à rêver et composent un « essai-image ». Ce dernier constitue une forme toujours en devenir qui s’appuie sur un processus de « sémentation », néologisme qui désigne une véritable alchimie du signe où le sens est continuellement réactivé par des contextualisations différentes. Sur le mode de l’opera operta, cet « essai-image » toussaintien déploie ses séductions réflexives comme romanesques.

In Les écritures de l'image par Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Claire Olivier is concerned with the way the writer, filmmaker, photographer and plastic artist Jean-Philippe Toussaint experiments with the power of images to create, in the 21st century, a singular work based on transaesthetic relationships. She endeavours to demonstrate that toussaintian writings are visual, independently from the chosen medium. They allow to see, think, dream and compose an “image-essay”. The latter forms a shape always in the making, relying on a “sémentation” process, neologism designating a true sign alchemy where the meaning is constantly revived through different contextualisations. On the model of the opera operta, this toussaintian “image-essay” deploys its reflective seductions as novelistic.
Volume Editors: Clifford Davidson and Sophie Oosterwijk
This edition of John Lydgate’s Dance of Death offers a detailed comparison of the different text versions, a new scholarly edition and translation of Guy Marchant’s 1485 French Danse Macabre text, and an art-historical analysis of its woodcut illustrations.
It addresses the cultural context and historical circumstances of Lydgate’s poem and its model, the mural of 1424-25 with accompanying French poem in Paris, as well as their precursors, notably the Vado mori poems and the Legend of the Three Living and the Three Dead. It discusses authorship, the personification and vizualisation of Death, and the wider dissemination of the Dance. The edited texts include commentaries, notes, and a glossary.
Georges Perec und die Räumlichkeit der Literatur
Author: Julia Dettke
Was bedeutet eigentlich literarische Räumlichkeit? Julia Dettke entwickelt Analysekategorien, um zu beschreiben, wie es Texten gelingt, sich als von den Lesenden begehbare Räume zu inszenieren.
Im Zuge des spatial turn sind eine ganze Reihe von Untersuchungen zu Literatur und Raum erschienen; die spezifisch literarische Räumlichkeit ist dabei aber ein weithin blinder Fleck geblieben. Anhand zahlreicher literaturgeschichtlicher Beispiele und in Detailuntersuchungen von Georges Perecs Espèces d’espaces (1974) und La Vie mode d’emploi (1978) die auch bislang unveröffentlichte Typoskripte aus dem Nachlass des Autors einbeziehen, unterscheidet die Studie drei Ebenen des poetologisch-selbstreflexiven Bezugs von Texten auf Räume: Paratext, Schrift und Seitenraum sowie narrative Transgressionen. Sie stellt somit auch ein Begriffswerkzeug bereit, das über die französische Avantgardeliteratur hinaus herausarbeitet, wie durch Räumlichkeit die literarische Form neu verhandelt wird.
In Mobilities and Cosmopolitanisms in African and Afrodiasporic Literatures, Anna-Leena Toivanen explores the representations and relationship of mobilities and cosmopolitanisms in Franco- and Anglophone African and Afrodiasporic literary texts from the 1990s to the 2010s. Representations of mobility practices are discussed against three categories of cosmopolitanism reflecting the privileged, pragmatic, and critical aspects of the concept.
The main scientific contribution of Toivanen’s book is its attempt to enhance dialogue between postcolonial literary studies and mobilities research. The book criticises reductive understandings of ‘mobility’ as a synonym for migration, and problematises frequently made links between mobility and cosmopolitanism. Mobilities and Cosmopolitanisms adopts a comparative approach to Franco- and Anglophone African and Afrodiasporic literatures, often discussed separately despite their common themes and parallel paths.
Author: Meryl Altman
Beauvoir in Time situates Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex in the historical context of its writing and in later contexts of its international reception, from then till now. The book takes up three aspects of Beauvoir's work more recent feminists find embarrassing: "bad sex," "dated" views about lesbians, and intersections with race and class. Through close reading of Beauvoir's writing in many genres, alongside contemporaneous discourses (good and bad novels in French and English, outmoded psychoanalytic and sexological authorities, ethnographic surrealism, the writing of Richard Wright and Franz Fanon), and in light of her travels to the U.S. and China, the author uncovers insights more recent feminist methodologies obscure, showing that Beauvoir is still good to think with today.