Australian Journal of French Studies

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Vol. 54, No. 2/3, 2017

"Mon Cher Ami": Friendship in le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
The interpretation of Moliere's works along ideological lines has long been a point of contention among scholars. In the twentieth century, John Cairncross contended that Moliere was essentially anti-noble, in that he promoted a libertinism that fundamentally...
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Mobilité, Rêves et Révoltes: Les Paradoxes le Cléziens Dans Onitsha
"Le Sarabaya,1 un navire de cinq mille trois cents tonneaux, déjå vieux, de la Holland Africa Line, venait de quitter les eaux sales de l'estuaire de la Gironde et faisait route vers la côte ouest de l'Afrique [,..]"2 "Mardi 13 avril 1948, exactement...
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Passions Du Réel (Sur Philippe Vasset, Olivia Rosenthal et Thomas Clerc)
Ilfaudra bien un jour dresser la carte de l'inexplicable contemporain...Roland BarthesIl y a bien longtemps que la ville n'est plus quelque chose que nouspuissions nous representer...Jean-Christophe Bailly1"Rien de plus fragile", écrit Clément Rosset,...
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Faire Entrer le Réel En Collision Avec le Romanesque : L'art Du Montage Dans Retour À Kotelnitch et Un Roman Russe d'Emmanuel Carrère
La production d'Emmanuel Carrere, qui a connu une nette inflexion du romanesque vers le biographique et l'autobiographique, est marquée par des fils conducteurs qui renseignent sur sa conception de l'individu et de la littérature. Ses textes portent...
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Intermusicality, Space and Deleuzian Aesthetics in Jacques Réda's "Quatre Lettres De Coleman Hawkins"
Jacques Réda's foundational relation to jazz is clear throughout his work, especially in meditations on his poetic practice such as Celle qui vient a pas legers (1990), Les Cinq points cardinaux (2003), and Le Grand Orchestre (2011), as well as in essays...
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Les éCrivains Florentins D'avantgarde et la France: éChanges, Rivalités et Conflits, 1900-1920
IntroductionLa migration d'écrivains fournit force matiere å réflexion sur la marginalité sociale. En effet, le fait de se rendre dans un pays étranger et d'essayer d'agir dans son champ littéraire n'a rien d'évident et comporte des risques de marginalisation....
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Lessons from East and West in François Cheng's le Dit De Tianyi
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)François Cheng's reputation as "[un] passeur de culture" who has brought Chinese culture and beliefs to the attention of a francophone audience is founded on his wideranging work, carried out over fifty...
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Maternal Estrangement: Uncovering Family Crimes in Malika Mokeddem's Je Dois Tout À Ton Oubli
Malika Mokeddem's (auto)fictional novel, Je dois tout a ton oubli (2008), is a haunting work that explores the tense mother-daughter relationship from a complex perspective, focusing on traumatic memories and family secrets. Like the author's own biographical...
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Contraindre le Chaos À Devenir Forme: Le Motif De la Descente Aux Enfers Dans et Les Chiens Se Taisaient d'Aimé Césaire
Notre dessein dans cet article est de montrer que le voyage spirituel et imaginaire du héros de Et les chiens se taisaient1 constitue une catabase, une quete d'initiation dans l'execrable de l'histoire a travers laquelle Aimé Césaire énonce le fond et...
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Translating for Academic Ends: Reflections on Visibility, Accessibility and Canonicity
Editorial noteThis article is based on the winning entry for the 2016 ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Prize, cosponsored by AJFS and the Australian Society for French Studies, and offered annually.On covering and taking up againA translation slam is an event...
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Periodical Press and Formal Innovation in Aloysius Bertrand's Gaspard De la Nuit
To what extent can it be argued that one of the greatest forces for change in nineteenth-century literature is not so much a school, or a theory, or even an individual, but the demands, techniques and limitations of publishers and editors of the periodical...
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Vol. 54, No. 1, 2017

On Moving and (Inter) Disciplinarity: Thinking about Australian French Studies in the Active Voice
Our aim in this introduction is to position all the articles that comprise this special issue of the Australian Journal of French Studies within a framework of mobility while highlighting how they each, individually, test and move (beyond) certain frames....
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Eatin' Tail, Suckin' Head: Moving across the French Americas with Queer Talk about Food
Although not as well recognized as other regions of the French Americas such as Quebec/French Canada and the Caribbean, Louisiana has nonetheless given rise to a considerable literary production in French: from representations of the encounter between...
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Michel Houellebecq's Soumission: Adventures in Space, Time, Possibilities and French Studies
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...
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Jeanne and Charles: Les Fleurs Du Mal as "Uncertain Fables"
... il ne subsiste presque rien de cette femme aujourd'hui. Le peu de renseignements sûrs dont on dispose ne remplit qu'une demi-page des quatre volumes (quatre mille pages au total) de la prestigieuse édition des Oeuvres complètes et de la Correspondance...
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Does Love Know No Borders? Culture-Crossed Lovers in Les Amants Désunis and Les Nuits De Strasbourg
Cross-cultural love has been a contested site of encounter in literature since the colonial period and has met with prejudice and contestation of various forms, both in colonial and postcolonial societies. Despite an uneasy acceptance of cross-cultural...
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Intertextuality and Murder: Anne F. Garréta's la Décomposition and À la Recherche Du Temps Perdu
In his introduction to the English translation of Anne Garréta's Sphinx, Daniel Levin Becker writes that Garréta's later novels Ciels liquides and La Décomposition are "excellent examples of the class of modern French novel or film that sounds charming...
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The Transnational and the Transformative: Haim Tabakman's Tu N'aimeras Point and the Shifting Profile of French Cinema in the Twenty-First Century
In many ways, a paper on Haim Tabakman's Tu n'aimeras point (2009) should not figure in an academic journal devoted to French and Francophone literature and culture. One might ask what exactly is French about a film entirely in Hebrew, directed by an...
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A Nouveau Roman De la Route: Marc Séguin's la Foi Du Braconnier and the Challenge of Rewriting
Mais cette superposition de l'atlas et d'une biographiene va pas ici sans risque.- Jean Ricardou1When thinking of quintessential literary genres of the late twentieth century, arguably none is more typically "French" than the Nouveau Roman, which proved...
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Vol. 53, No. 3, 2016

Provincial Circulating Libraries 1 in Nineteenth-Century France: A Preliminary Survey
One of the more unusual items acquired by the Sablé Centre in Toronto was the remains of two provincial cabinets de lecture. The first, consisting of approximately 600 volumes and part of Father Sablé's original gift to St Michael's College, was opened...
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Louis XV's Black Son
On 14 May 1775, against the background of the recent bread riots in and around the capital known as the guerre des farines, the Parisian printer and bookseller Siméon Prosper Hardy recorded a bizarre rumour in his "Journal d'événemens":Le menu peuple...
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"Je Lis ça Comme Je Lirais Un Roman": Reading Scientific Works on Hypnotism in Late Nineteenth-Century France 1
Editorial noteThe present article is based on the winning entry for the inaugural (2015) ASFS/ AJFS Postgraduate Prize, co-sponsored by AJFS and the Australian Society for French Studies, and offered annually."Les phénomènes du sommeil provoqué ont aujourd'hui...
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Vietnam and the Colonial Condition of French Literature
Leslie Barnes, Vietnam and the Colonial Condition of French Literature (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2014)This is the first book of French literary scholarship to examine the impact of colonial contact in Vietnam on French literary production....
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The Paris Zone: A Cultural History, 1840-1944
James Cannon, The Paris Zone: A Cultural History, 1840-1944 (Farnham, UK/Burlington, US: Ashgate, 2014)The zone - short for zone non aedificandi or non-building zone - started life as a strip of land just beyond the fortifications that were built around...
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Seeing Sarah Bernhardt: Performance and Silent Film
Victoria Duckett, Seeing Sarah Bernhardt: Performance and Silent Film (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015)Victoria Duckett's book offers a thought-provoking and engaging analysis of the celebrated actress's film performances, ranging from the...
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The Cambridge Introduction to French Literature
Brian Nelson, The Cambridge Introduction to French Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)Reading this engagingly written volume, I was reminded of my twenty-one year old self, approaching a service desk in the old Sorbonne in the early...
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Charles Denis Boak (1932-2015)
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,...
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Vol. 53, No. 1/2, 2016

Writing Up Close and from a Distance: French and North-American Representations of Belleville (Paris) in Contemporary Roman Noir
The Parisian quartier of Belleville has long been considered an ideal setting for roman noir} For French crime fiction writers, Belleville represents a quartier populaire that is becoming increasingly rare in Paris, with an exotic element that reflects...
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Vanquishing Temporal Distance: Malraux, Art and Metamorphosis
On first encounter, the topic "distance/proximity" tends to make us think of geography and spatial distance. The distance to be discussed in the present article is, however, of a different kind: distance in time. The subject here is the gulf, sometimes...
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Tyrannies of Distance, Perils of Proximity: Time, Space and Virtuality in the French and Francophone World
Distance and proximity, two concepts which refer to the space, literal or metaphoric, between two things, two beings, two moments in time. Etymologically, the words derive respectively from the Latin terms distare, to stand apart, and proximitas, or...
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Towards an Ethics of Distance: Representation, Free Production and Virtuality
IntroductionJe dirais que L'Anti-OEdipe (puissent ses auteurs me pardonner) est un livre d'éthique, le premier livre d'éthique qu'on ait écrit en France depuis assez longtemps [...]. On pourrait dire que L'Anti-OEdipe est une Introduction à la vie non-fasciste.1In...
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Distant (Be)longings: Contemporary Australian Memoirs of Life in France
Establishing belonging in a foreign place is commonly conceived of as a story of arriving as a stranger, establishing a routine, forming attachments and gradually putting down roots until one feels, to a certain extent, at home. Curiously, the crop of...
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The Performance of Intimacy and Resistance: Rayhana's À Mon âGe Je Me Cache Encore Pour Fumer
J'ai enfreint le silence en écrivant cette pièce et du coup je continue.... Toutes ces histoires tues, toujours le silence.1The separation between public and private space, and women's silent relegation to the latter while men loudly occupy the former,...
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Narrating Trauma: Distance and Proximity in the Haitian Earthquake of 2010
Un séisme de magnitude 7,3 a frappé Haïti, pays le plus pauvre des Amériques. Des centaines de morts. La situation est catastrophique. Le séisme a détruit la majeure partie de la capitale, Port-au-Prince, déjà dépourvue d'infrastructures sanitaires élémentaires....
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Vol. 52, No. 3, 2015

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
In "De l'oisiveté" (I.8), which Montaigne is thought originally to have intended as a preface for his whole work,1 a number of metaphors are used to contrast the wanderings of the untamed mind with the discipline of committing thoughts to paper. The...
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Vol. 52, No. 2, May-August

Introduction
As we write this introduction in the early part of 2015, preliminary data released by the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC) indicates that the French box office posted a 7.7% increase in cinema admissions in 2014. According to the...
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Cadrage Exquis: Refraining Jean-Jacques Beineix's Diva
AbstractIn 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...
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Reframing the Periphery: Narrative Authority and Self-Reflexivity in Mathieu Kassovitz's la Haine 1
AbstractThis 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,...
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The Difficulty of Being "Modern Woman": Jean-Luc Godard's Une Femme Est Une Femme
AbstractScholarship 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, Angéla (Anna Karina), has been described as an imbecile, and Karina...
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Code-Switching as Power Strategy: Multilingualism and the Role of Arabic in Maïwenn's Polisse (2011)
AbstractThe 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 Prophète (Jacques Audiard, 2009), Entre les murs (Laurent Cantet,...
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Obliged to Sympathise: Infanticide in Il Y a Longtemps Que Je T'aime and A Perdre la Raison
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...
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Film And/as Devotion: Bruno Dumont's Enworlded Cinema
I am trying to be a filmmaker [... ] I despise the religious, the clerical. I think that there is something profound in human beings, something mysterious, bound to the sacred. The sacred is also in the profane [... ]Bruno DumontFrom the wide-screen...
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Le Jour Se Lève
Ben McCann, Le Jour se lève (London/ New York: I.B. Tauris, 2014). xiiii + 129pp.Marcel Camé, for long the neglected giant of French cinema, has experienced a critical revival in the twenty-plus years since Edward Baron Turk's Child of Paradise - largely,...
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Vol. 52, No. 1, January-April

Deliberately Barren? the Rejection of Motherhood in Contemporary French Women's Life Writing
AbstractThis article compares the representation of voluntary childlessness in two recent literary texts: Linda Lê's A l'enfant que je n'aurai pas (2011) and Jane Sautière's Nullipare (2008). It situates these texts within a socio-historic context in...
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Mobile Criticism: Pierre Bayard's Irreverent Hermeneutics
AbstractIdiosyncratic 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...
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Deleuze and Guattari in the Labyrinth: Mille Plateaux and Dans le Labyrinthe
AbstractThis article proposes that the early novels of Alain Robbe-Grillet produce philosophical concepts which resemble those found in the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. In taking as its primary source Deleuze and Guattari's Mille Plateaux...
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Art and Imperfection: Zola's L'OEuvre
AbstractCritics 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...
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Transforming Violence and Death in Marguerite De Navarre's Chansons Spirituelles
AbstractThis 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...
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Paris and the Fetish: Primal Crime Scenes
Alistair Rolls, Paris and the Fetish: Primal Crime Scenes (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2014). ISBN 978-90-420-3777-9.This is an interesting and ultimately rewarding book because of the insistence, and indeed the determined simplicity, with which...
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Vol. 51, No. 2/3, May-December

First Steps toward a History of Reading
Preface (2014) by Robert DarntonThe "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...
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Time and Autobiography in L'Amant by Marguerite Duras
AJFS, 25 (1988), 58-70Preface (2014) by Olivier Ammour-Mayeur, Chercheur associé de l'équipe LLA-CRÉATIS, Université Toulouse 2 - Le Mirail2014. Deux anniversaires s'entrechoquent de façon insolite en une seule date. 1914, 1964: une date marque la naissance...
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Etalages: Mallarmé Displaying "The Fascination of What's Difficult"
Preface (2014) by Rosemary LloydI first encountered the writing of Stéphane Mallarmé 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...
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Four Ways to Meddle with Subjectivity: French Lyric Poetry since Baudelaire
AJFS, 41: 3 (2004), 10-25Preface (2014) by Ross ChambersConversation. 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...
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Three Non-Places of Supermodernity in the History of French Cinema: 1967, 1985, 2000. Playtime, Subway and Stand-By
AJFS, 45: 3 (2008), 197-211Preface (2014) by Greg HaingeFrench (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....
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Mobilising French Studies
Preface (2014) by Charles ForsdickWhen "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...
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The Larrikin as Hero (in French Studies)
AbstractIn 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...
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Editorial Note
This celebratory double number of AJFS contains the special selection of articles made available online by Liverpool University Press towards the end of 2013. (Note: the mode of presentation used originally in each case has largely been preserved.) The...
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Cultural Networks in Pre-Revolutionary France: Some Reflexions on the Case of Antoine Court De Gébelin
AJFS, 18: 3 (1981), 231-247Preface (2014) by Wallace KirsopIt 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...
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In Memoriam: Alan Rowland Chisholm
Preface (2014) by Wallace KirsopStan Scott (1927-2014) died just before he could be asked to write a brief preface to his AJFS obituary of A. R. Chisholm. It therefore falls to the commissioning editor of that tribute to provide a context for a remarkably...
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Vol. 51, No. 1, January-April

Introduction
Belgium has experienced crises of all kinds, dating back to the founding of the country in 1830. These include two world wars, the long process of federalism, and the recent legislative crisis, in which it took 535 days to form a government.1 The official...
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The Cinema Films Back: Colonialism, Alterity and Resistance in Chantal Akerman's la Folie Almayer
AbstractThis article appraises Chantai 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...
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Historical Emplotment in the Crisis of Identity under Nazi Occupation
AbstractEven 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...
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Philosophy in the Weight Room: Nathalie Gassel and the Crisis of Self-Representation
AbstractThis 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...
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Vol. 50, No. 3, September-December

Editorial: AJFS at 50
AJFS was founded by Roger Läufer (whose obituary will be found elsewhere in this number) fifty years ago. It rapidly acquired a high academic reputation. Contributors to the journal during its first decade alone included Lloyd Austin, JeanBertrand Barrère,...
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Communion of the Flesh: Original Sin According to Michel Houellebecq
AbstractThis article analyses the religious theme in two novels of Michel Houellebecq, Les Particules élémentaires and La Possibilité d'une Île. These two novels oppose the dying contemporary world with its future in a way that makes them mirrors of...
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Valéry and Houellebecq: The Death (or the Return) of the Subject
AbstractIn this article, I examine two authors who may appear dissimilar in the extreme: Paul Valéry and Michel Houellebecq. Most commonly associated with Monsieur Teste and Pure Poetry, Valéry is considered a hermetic author, inaccessible to a large...
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A Carefully Curated Collection: Female Figures as Sites of Inscription in Gautier's ÉMaux et Camées
AbstractThis article examines the ways in which female figures function as additional sites for poetic inscription in Gautier's Émaux et Camées. Although considerable attention has already been paid to the numerous and varied objects catalogued in the...
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Precedence and Posterity: Patterns of Publishing from French Scientific Expeditions to the Pacific (1785-1840)
AbstractPublication 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...
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Introduction
The articles that make up this special dossier emerged from "Constructing '21stcentury Literature in French'", an event organized by the Society for French Studies and the French Studies Library Group, and held at the Institut français du Royaume-Uni...
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The Spectacle of Marie NDiaye's Trois Femmes Puissantes
AbstractThis 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...
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Imagining Twenty-First-Century Literature Via Print Publishing: Problems for "Francophone" Literature and the Case of Guinea
AbstractThis 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...
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Literatures in French Today: Markets, Centres, Peripheries, Transition
AbstractThis 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...
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The Livres-Souvenirs of Colette: Genre and the Telling of Time
Freadman, Anne. The Livres-Souvenirs of Colette: Genre and the Telling of Time. (Research Monographs in French Studies, 33.) Oxford: Legenda, 2012.The paradox and the oxymoron are figures central to Colette's writing: they convey her lively disregard...
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Ripping Open the Set: French Film Design, 1930-1939
Ben McCann. Ripping Open The Set: French Film Design, 1930-1939. Bern/ Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013.The set designer is all too often a Cinderella figure in work on French cinema - so much so indeed that even specialists in the area might be hard put to...
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Les Fruits De la Passion: Le Théâtre De Yasmina Reza
Hélène Jaccomard. Les Fruits de la Passion: le théâtre de Yasmina Reza. Bern: Peter Lang, 2013.In Les Fruits de la Passion: le théâtre de Yasmina Reza, Hélène Jaccomard delivers a comprehensive account of the dramatic work of contemporary French playwright...
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Magnificent Obsessions: Honouring the Lives of Hazel Rowley
Magnificent Obsessions: Honouring the Lives of Hazel Rowley. Edited by Rosemary Lloyd and Jean Fornasiero. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013"What genre are you?" Emily Apter aptly asks in response to the French translation of Judith...
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Obituaries: ROGER MAURICE ARMAND LAUFER (1928-2011)
Early in September 2013 present and former members of AJFS's editorial team leamt to their great surprise that Roger Läufer had died on 19 December 2011. However belatedly, a memorial tribute must be paid to the journal's founder and to one of the most...
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Obituaries: JAMES R. LAWLER (1929-2013)
Many of my generation discovered the beauty and variety of French verse through an anthology published by Oxford University Press in 1960, which sported unforgettably on its cover a fountain, its water enthusiastically spurting up only to fall neatly...
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Vol. 50, No. 2, May-August

The Practices of Translation
As commentators such as Brian Nelson have argued, literary translation is "a distinctive form of creative writing" that constitutes a "performance" of the source text.1 The fact that there can exist different translations of a given literary work, for...
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Translating Chantal Spitz: Challenges of the Transgeneric Text
AbstractChantal Spitz is a leading Tahitian writer, whose stylistic and linguistic inventiveness poses particular challenges to the reader. Her writing shows a clear resistance to what we might term métropolitanité: the imposition of standards and values...
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Intertextuality as Translatability: Regimenting Space (for French Translation) in Barry Maitland's la Malcontenta
AbstractIn this article, a text, in this case an Australian crime novel, is analyzed in terms of its translatability. The framework adopted here is influenced by deconstructionism, and especially intertextuality, and as such translatability is taken...
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Translating Nice Try into Bien Joué! - Going for the Paris End of Shane Maloney's Melbourne
AbstractNotwithstanding its universal appeal, crime fiction frequently emerges as a vehicle for the expression of national identity. However, since the global readership of crime novels inevitably leads to their translation into other languages, the...
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Text versus Stage: The Case of Yasmina Reza's "Art" Translated into British and American Englishes
AbstractAs a way of studying the decision-making process in theatre translation, one can examine Yasmina Reza's "Art" and its British and American translations, whose stage productions met with huge acclaim in Great Britain and the US. The translator...
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"Transladaptation"
EDITED TEXT OF A TALK GIVEN BYCOLIN DUCKWORTHAT BOOBOOKS1 ON 9 JULY 2008The very beginnings of theatre lie in adaptation: tragedy developed from the ancient Greek epics. Mystery plays came from Bible stories. What would the BBC and Hollywood do without...
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Marcel and Albertine: Proust on Love
TRANSLATED AND ADAPTED BYCOLIN DUCKWORTH1FROM MARCEL PROUST' S NOVELA LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU(IN SEARCH OF lost (and wasted) time)First performed at The Stork Hotel Theatre, Melbourne March -April 2007CHARACTERSM: MARCELA: ALBERTINEMARCEL is a youngish...
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Obituaries: COLIN RYDER DUCKWORTH (1926-2012)
It is highly likely that Colin Duckworth was the only Melbourne University Professor to act in Neighbours. Colin was not only a scholar of international renown but also an accomplished actor and writer, with a wide circle of friends, colleagues and students...
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Obituaries: ELLIOTT CHRISTOPHER FORSYTH (1924-2012)
Elliott Christopher Forsyth was born on 1 February 1924 in a family of devout Methodists, remembered in Adelaide for their good works as much as for their propagation of the faith. As the superintendent of the Central Methodist Mission, his father Samuel,...
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Vol. 50, No. 1, January-April

The Abbé Jean Paulmier and French Missions in the Terres Australes: Myth and History
AbstractThis introductory essay presents the debate focused on the Abbé Jean Paulmier's Mémoires touchant l'establissement d'une mission chrestienne dans le troisième Monde, Autrement appellé, La Terre Australe, Meridionale, Antartique, & Inconnuë,...
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Gonneville's Terra Australis: Too Good to Be True?
AbstractThis article examines the report of Gonneville's voyage in its apparent historical context of the sixteenth century. It examines maps, events and books associated with discoveries of the time. In all cases, no mention of Gonneville appears before...
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The Abbé Paulmier and the Rights of Man: The French Mission for the Terres Australes
AbstractIn the Abbé Jean Paulmier's Mémoires it is clear that the Gonneville story is the main element in Paulmier's rhetorical strategy to achieve his goal of the establishment of a mission in the Terres australes. In recent times, controversy surrounding...
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La France Australe: From Dream through Failure to Compromise
AbstractIn the seventeenth century Paulmier and Sainte-Marie dreamt of taking Christianity to the Southern Continent. In the late eighteenth century Peyroux advocated "une nouvelle France" in Van Diemen's land, and Marion Du Fresne's expedition took...
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Vol. 49, No. 3, September-December

Networks of Good and Evil: Michel Houellebecq's Fictional Infrastructures
AbstractA striking feature of Michel Houellebecq's fiction is the pervasive presence of infrastructure, whether consisting of nineteenth-century transport and administrative networks underpinning a national territory, or modern-day electronic networks...
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Family Values in Emmanuèle Bernheim's Un Couple
AbstractEmmanuèle Bernheim's novel Un couple (1987) offers a stark look at how changes in contemporary France are undermining the exogamic imperatives that Levi-Strauss claimed, in his monumental work Les Structures élémentaires de la parenté (1948),...
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Identity and Place in Jean-Claude Izzo's Total Khéops
AbstractThis article analyses the shifting nature and dislocation of identity in Jean-Claude Izzo's Total Khéops, a crime novel set in Marseille. The article shows the layers of identity linked to place at play in the novel (regional, national, global),...
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Rape, Silence and Disembodiment in Anne Hébert's Les Fous De Bassan
AbstractTheories of rape suggest that rape is commonly represented in texts by silence, a silence that stands in for the violated body; analysing narrative representations of rape means by implication tracing how its impact is deflected and restoring...
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Vol. 49, No. 2, May-August

Constraints, Poetry and Play in Jacques Roubaud's Parc Sauvage
AbstractThe Oulipo has often presented its constraints as no more artificial than grammatical or generic conventions. This "naturalization" has been strategically useful, but it has also obscured certain aspects of the constraints' functioning and blocked...
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Fun with Fairies: Representation of Gender Identity in la Cage Aux Folles and the Birdcage
AbstractThis article compares two mainstream comedies, La Cage aux folles and its American remake The Birdcage, eighteen years later. It focuses on how, in different ways, the films challenge, traditional representations of family, thereby revealing...
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Digital Tableaux of Cinematic Cultural Memory in the French Heritage Film: Un Long Dimanche De Fiançailles
AbstractThe French heritage film reconstitutes a vivid and unique portrait of France's history, where the corporeal impact of the sensual audio-visual cinematographic language, and its particular effects, styles and aesthetics, encourage spectators to...
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Vol. 49, No. 1, January-April

Art and Woman as Thresholds of the Sublime: The Gendered Limits of "The Method of BETWEEN" in Godard's Passion
AbstractIn the 1980s, Jean-Luc Godard embarked on an exploration of the relationship between the mundane and the sublime that spanned three films: Passion (1982), Prénom: Carmen (1983), and Je vous salue Marie (1985). The first of these works shows the...
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Jean's Just Wild(e) about Oscar: Cocteau's Portrait Surnaturel De Dorian Gray
AbstractIn 1908 Jean Cocteau completed with his friend Jacques Renaud an adaptation for the stage of Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray. Wilde's death in Paris in 1900 had made him an important figure for young French writers, and references to his...
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