Australian Journal of French Studies

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Vol. 57, No. 1, 2020

Translating and Traducing: Zola and the Art of (Mis)Quotation
"Je vous prie en grâce de bien recommander au traducteur de se méfier et de rétablir le sens dans les endroits où il cessera de comprendre."1 Such an injunction, in respect of the imminent publication of Son Excellence Eugène Rougon in a Russian periodical...
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To the Translator
Dear Brian,Traducteur par Excellence,(I'll leave your other talents for the nonce)this is the time appointed to rejoicethat one day, years ago, you made the choicenot to let teaching duties be a barand plunged straight into Les Rougon-Macquart.You've...
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Translating Friendship: Nerval, Tessié Du Motay, and Heine's Die Nordsee
As we delve into the translations, by two French poets, of the works of their famed German friend and counterpart, our thoughts inevitably turn towards Brian Nelson and his contribution to our collective understandings of French nineteenth-century literature...
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Travelling in Translation
I am currently translating a book of short stories by Catalan writer Josep Pla, Aigua de mar, that will be Salt Water in English for the US publisher Archipelago. I have already translated Pla's The Gray Notebook for NYRB Classics and the stories in...
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Remembering the Emeritus in Short Pants
I remember Emeritus Brian in short trousers. We were in the same class at the Westlode Street Primary School in Spalding, Lincolnshire in the mid-1950s. Patriotic fervour was in the air in 1953. Our Dickensian headmaster, William Needs, had the class...
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The Unheimliche Hameau: Nationality and Culture in the Moberly/Jourdain Affair
Brian Nelson counts among my best and longest-standing friends in the French studies profession, not least because our early careers bore striking similarities. Undergraduates a year apart at the same Cambridge college, Downing, we went on to pursue...
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In It Together, in Zola? Empathic Encounters in Naturalist Fiction
Research in empathy studies has been nourishing debate in the humanities and in the public forum over the past thirty years; critical inquiry in this interdisciplinary area has gained millennial momentum as part of the return to more humanistinspired...
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"Thank God for Brian Nelson!" Brian Nelson, Oxford World's Classics, and ÉMile Zola
Publishers love anniversaries, so it is fitting that this Festschriftfor Brian Nelson is being compiled nearly twenty-five years after the publication of his first translation for OUP's Oxford World's Classics series. Zola's The Ladies' Paradise was...
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Creative Translation: From Mimicry to Limicry
I first met Brian Nelson early in the 1980s, when we were both young lecturers in British universities. From the start I was struck, not only by his vivacity and congeniality, but above all by his extraordinary giftfor mimicry. Over the years, this giftcontinued...
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"Cheerful or Merry?" Investigating Literary Translation Revision
"Quelle plaie, les approximatifs"Serge K.In Dans la Luge d'Arthur Schopenhauer, a play about depression and solitude, Nadine decides to "prendre le taureau par les cornes" and lights a lime-scented candle because "il faut que les choses aient l'air propre...
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Saving Paris from Nostalgia: Jumbling the Urban and Seeing Swans Everywhere
For many of us in French Studies in Australia, Brian Nelson has long been synonymous with the Australian Journal of French Studies. As editor of the journal since 2002, he has guided our discipline by acting as a gatekeeper, not only ensuring the quality...
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Crossbars of the Universe: Guillevic and the Physics of Translation
For Brian NelsonIn the summer of 1983, I made my first visit to the seaside town of Carnac in Brittany near the Golfe du Morbihan, at the invitation of Monique Chefdor, whom I'd met at Scripps, a women's college in Claremont, California. Monique has...
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French-to-Australian Translation: Travellers of the Later Nineteenth Century
A few months ahead of the 1878 Exposition universelle in Paris, the Melbourne Argus put out a special edition in the hope of attracting French migrants to Australia. As they looked to the future, the editors of The Argus saw the French as having the...
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Zola's Needleworkers: From Angélique in le Rêve to the Grisettes
Needleworkers are widespread in Zola's fiction, appearing in many of his stories and most of his novels. Some work in the domestic sphere, sewing and mending for themselves or their families, while others are professionals, either working in workshops...
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Zola Est-Il Un Romancier Naturaliste ?
Le mot naturalisme, dont l'emploi a fait fortune en France et à travers le monde à partir de 1880, année de la publication du Roman expérimental de Zola, est devenu peu à peu, en histoire et en critique littéraires, un tiroir fourre-tout dans lequel...
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Brian, A Tribute
I have known Brian for nearly forty years, during which he has been a constant source of fun and friendship. It was shortly after my appointment to the Chair of French in Swansea in 1981 that I first met Brian. I was heading the Department of Romance...
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Vol. 56, No. 3, 2019

Représentations De la Mère Nature: Une Lecture éCoféministe De la Poésie De Jeanne Benguigui
L'écoféminisme est une notion qui a été introduite par Françoise d'Eaubonne en 1972 dans son ouvrage intitulé Le féminisme. Il se définit comme la lutte contre la domination masculine des femmes et de la nature. Anne-Line Gandon, en se basant sur la...
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La Déclaration Des Droits De la Femme et De la Citoyenne d'Olympe De Gouges (1791): Une Femme Entre Semi-Fiction et Dogme Politique
La Declaration des droits de la femme et de la citoyenne,2 distribuée le 14 septembre 1791 au moment ou le roi ratifie la Constitution, ne cesse d'interroger les chercheurs sur les motivations réelles d'Olympe de Gouges. S'agissait-il d'un autre de ses...
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Marcel Gauchet and the Loss of Common Purpose. Imaginary Islam and the Crisis of European Democracy
Natalie J. Doyle, Marcel Gauchet and the Loss of Common Purpose. Imaginary Islam and the Crisis of European Democracy, Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2018France during the 1960s is a setting well-known for having housed the works and personalities...
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La France et L'éveil Des Nationalismes En Europe (XVIIIe–XIXe Siècles)
Le 17 juin 1789, sur une proposition de l'abbé Sieyes, les États généraux du royaume de France, réunis å Versailles, se proclament "Assemblée nationale". Trois ans plus tard, le 20 septembre 1792, "Vive la Nation" est le cri lancé par le général Kellermann,...
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Spectres Insistants: Primary and Secondary Hauntings in Kamel Daoud's Meursault, Contre-Enquête
IntroductionIn a central scene in Kamel Daoud's novel Meursault, contre-enquete (2013), the narrator comes face to face with the specter of his murdered brother and speculates that "l'un de nous était un spectre insistant".1 Meursault, contre-enquete...
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La Place Du Déplacement : Réflexions Sur la Dimension Mythique Du Colonel Chabert
IntroductionDans son Avant-propos å La Comédie humaine, Balzac déclare que ses Etudes de mœurs sont censées former "l'histoire générale de la Société" par le recensement et la représentation de tous ses faits et types marquants. Dans de nombreux passages...
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Boris Vian, Faiseur De "Hoax" : Pour Une Démystification De l'Affaire Vernon Sullivan
Clara Sitbon, Boris Vian, faiseur de "hoax": Pour une démystification de lAffaire Vernon Sullivan, Leiden and Boston: Brill/Rodopi, 2019 (Faux Titre, volume 432)There are many reasons why I like this book, some of which might appear to make me a biased...
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Entre Quête Identitaire et Fragmentation Textuelle: ÉTude Des Enjeux Génériques et Narratifs Dans L'Odeur Du Café De Dany Laferrière
L 'Odeur du café de Dany Laferriere est un voyage dans le temps ou le narrateur nous amene avec lui au monde de l'enfance qu'il a vécue dans son petit village de Petit-Goâve en Haiti et qu'il aspire a revivre encore et encore. Cet ouvrage qui a reçu...
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L'Assommoir Ou Les Déboires Du Premier Objet
En privilégiant l'image du sein nourricier au terme du Docteur Pascal, Zola, dans une logique cyclique, renoue contre toute apparence avec l'incipit du roman des origines. De fait, si le tableau final de la série des Rougon-Macquart, ou l'enfant de Clotilde...
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Imagination, Intellect et Espace Dans le Coup De Dés De Mallarmé
IntroductionLa discussion sur la nature exacte du rapport entre les contenus énoncés dans le poéme Un Coup de Dés jamais n 'abolira le Hasard et sa disposition spatiale et graphique a toujours été présente dans la réception et la critique de ce texte.1...
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Vol. 56, No. 2, 2019

Representing French and Francophone Studies with Michel Serres
IntroductionWhat do we talk about when we talk about French and Francophone Studies (FFS)? If FFS is - as we say these days - a "thing" (and that remains to be established), then what sort of thing is it? Much important work has been undertaken in response...
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The (Un)Believable Truth about Rwanda
IntroductionIn Boubacar Boris Diop's 2001 novel, Murambi, le livre des ossements, a fictional Rwandan genocide survivor Gérard Nayinzira tells the protagonist, Cornelius, about the time he saw a militiaman raping a woman under a tree. During the rape,...
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History, Truth and (Mis)representation in Versailles (2015-2018)
Nous avons voulu aborder notre Histoire de maniere décomplexée, avec une nonchalance bling-bling, unpeupunk dans l'écriture.1IntroductionThe TV historical drama series Versailles, set during the construction of the Palace of Versailles and the early...
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Testifying to the Truth: Paul Ricœur and Jean-Luc Nancy on the Theological Turn
IntroductionWhat is commonly referred to as the "theological turn" within phenomenology represents one of the most enduring controversies in contemporary French philosophy. For thinkers such as Jean-Luc Marion, Jean-Louis Chrétien and Michel Henry, among...
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Introduction: Truth and Representation in French and Francophone Studies
Can fiction tell the truth? This question is at the heart of a very public feud that erupted between Camille Laurens and Marie Darrieussecq in 2007, a dispute that began when the former accused the latter of "une sorte de plagiat psychique" in the pages...
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"Primitive Realities" and the "Meta-Translatability of Language" in the Poetry of Alexandre Amprimoz
IntroductionRepresenting truth and beauty through language is an essentially poetic endeavour, a process equally discursive and semiotic, pondered upon by philosophers and poets, from the Classics to the Romantics and beyond. The poetic function of language,...
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Multiculturalism Obscured: Paris Museum Cultures and the Musée De l'Institut Du Monde Arabe
IntroductionMuseums have long been used to articulate narratives about national identity and project ideologies about the place of France in the world. Despite recent attempts to decentralize the concentration of museums throughout the nation,1 Paris...
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Vol. 56, No. 1, 2019

Houellebecq's France
The work of art utters no propositions; it only becomes a proposition when taken as a whole.Adomo, "Reconciliation under Duress""La France, ça n'est pas Michel Houellebecq." Spoken by Manuel Valls, then Prime Minister of France, on 8 January 2015 (the...
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Houellebecq Romancier Catholique et Socialiste
L'œuvre de Houellebecq possede un logiciel profond, assez caché, il est vrai, et pour cette raison invisible å la plupart de ses lecteurs et analystes. Un préjugé commun est que Houellebecq n'a pas de vision historique. C'est le contraire qui est vrai!...
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The Anti-Sartre? Michel Houellebecq and Politics
Jean-Paul Sartre is sometimes mentioned in critical studies of Michel Houellebecq. Douglas Morrey writes: "No French author has achieved such global visibility since Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. Not only that, but Houellebecq is commonly regarded...
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Who's Afraid of Michel Houellebecq? the Answer: Almost Everyone
The Enlightenment is dead. May it rest in peace.1IntroductionScholars of literature have now been writing about Michel Houellebecq for more than twenty years. I have been writing about him for nearly a decade and speaking about him at conferences for...
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Strange Bedfellows: Paule Constant, Michel Houellebecq, and Political Correctness
During the 1998 rentrée littéraire in France, novelist Paule Constant won the Prix Goncourt. Or rather, as many saw things, Michel Houellebecq lost it. Houellebecq's second novel, Les Particules élémentaires, had been shortlisted for the prize, but then...
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Ghosts in the Text: Writing Technologies, Authorial Strategy and the Politics of Reactionary Autoimmunity in Houellebecq's Works
In 2016, soon after the publication of Soumission, Michel Houellebecq received the Frank Schirmacher prize. His speech on the occasion, which started by exposing the media's supposedly hostile attitude towards him,1 went on to analyse the position of...
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Introduction
Throughout literary history there have been certain writers who have given their names to a style, a type of sentence, a mode of apprehension, or, as Elias Canetti remarked of the Kafkaesque, a certain "temperature".1 They are writers who, for one reason...
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Making off with Michel Houellebecq – Adaptational Strategies and la Carte et le Territoire
In 2014, two seemingly unrelated artworks appeared under the same title, The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq. Both took their immediate cue from the author's supposed abduction during a 2011 book tour, the purpose of which was to promote his recent...
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Vol. 55, No. 3, 2018

Robert Challe, Adepte D'une Anglomanie Coloniale
Le nom de Robert Challe (1659-1721) est avant tout associé au titre de son œuvre romanesque Les Illustres Françaises parue en 1713 et a son traité philosophique Les Difficultés sur la religion qui l'instituent respectivement comme précurseur du roman...
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"Vivant De Dignité De Douleurs et D'alarmes": Personalism in André Ulmann's Poèmes Du Camp
Editorial noteThis article is based on the winning entry for the 2017 ASFS/AJFS Postgraduate Prize, co-sponsored by AJFS and the Australian Society for French Studies, and offered annually.IntroductionWhile Holocaust literature has been an active field...
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L'Après-ŒDipe: The Future of Psychoanalytic Criticism in an Era of Cognitive and Evolutionary Psychology
Psychoanalysis has always had a difficult relationship with alternative approaches to the understanding of the human mind, particularly those emerging from scientific disciplines such as neurology or clinical psychology. Divisions appear early. In 1913,...
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Véronique Tadjo et la Solidarité Humaine: An Interview
Véronique Tadjo's literary and artistic career is encapsulated by one word: solidarity. Her fiction, poetry, children's books and artwork are underpinned by a desire to raise awareness of the traditions, struggles and hardships faced by those less fortunate...
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"Le Public Est Prié De Ne Pas Se Méprendre.": Le Double Sens Grivois Dans Les Comédies et Proverbes d'Alfred De Musset
De Musset, on connaît la sensualité débridée de certaines "Chansons å mettre en musique", comme "L'Andalouse", adaptée par Monpou apres avoir subi l'amputation d'une strophe un peu trop osée1; on se souvient aussi des appels pressants de la Muse de "La...
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Significant Others, or Textual Congress: Concerning Baudelaire and Tranter
Editorial noteWe are pleased to reproduce here, with the kind permission of Classiques Garnier, the last published work of Ross Chambers. This essay appeared originally in Genre, Text and Language:_Mélanges Anne Freadman, edited by Véronique Duché, Tess...
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La Parisienne in Cinema: Between Art and Life
Felicity Chaplin, La Parisienne in Cinema: Between Art and Life, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017Felicity Chaplin's La Parisienne in Cinema is framed by two quotes from Vincente Minelli's An American in Paris. In Minelli's film, Henri attempts...
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Figures Du Poète-Traducteur: Friedrich Hölderlin et Gérard De Nerval
La traduction est, formellement et pragmatiquement, implicite dans tout acte de communication, dans l'émission et la réception de tous les modes de sens, que ce soit dans le sens sémiotique le plus large ou dans des échanges plus spécifiquement verbaux....
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What Happened, Mr. Ricardou? A Theatre of Metamorphoses
Pour réussir a écrire, l'écrivain doit donc comprendre qu'il ne le sait que peu, parce que c'est en transformant ce qu'il a écrit qu'il écrit. En ce sens, la page est un théátre des métamorphoses. L'écriture ne vient pas du don de celui, ou de celle,...
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Vol. 55, No. 2, 2018

Unspeakable Monsters: Grotesque Bodies and Discourse in Victor Hugo's Notre-Dame De Paris and L'Homme Qui Rit
When nineteenth-century physically deformed "monsters" are gazed upon, it is with a medusa's eyes. Exhibited in the foire and drawing spectators with magnetic force to the famous Dupuytren "musée des monstres",1 monsters are the object of an immobilising...
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Monstres Nés Du Rêve et Esprit De Décadence: Sur Une Formule Shakespearienne Relue (la Tempête, IV, 1, 156–158)
Le temps d'une tempeteA trop regarder la lune, on y voit des monstres: il s'y dessine le veaudelune, le mooncalfdes élisabéthains. Dans l'utérus humain ou animal, le veaudelune est une môle, un embryon informe, un fœtus monstrueux, une naissance abortive.1...
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Modernist Monstrosity in Rimbaud's Verse and Prose Poetry
In morality and talent, this Rimbaud, aged between 15 and 16, was and is a monster. He can construct poems like no one else, but his works are completely incomprehensible and repulsive.1Monstrosity is an integral part of the transformative project of...
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Obituary Peter Broome (1937–2018)
Peter Broome - Pete, to his friends - and I joined the then French Section of the Department of Modern Languages at Monash University in May 1962. For Peter it was a first academic post, since he had just completed a PhD thesis for the University of...
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Lourdes's Monsters: A Critical Disability Studies Reading of the Spectacle of Disability
IntroductionSince, in the second half ofthe nineteenth century, the town of Lourdes in south-west France became the site first of scenes of miraculous healing, and then of national and international pilgrimage, French writers have been fascinated by...
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The Banality of Monstrosity: On Michel Houellebecq's Soumission
The publication of Michel Houellebecq's Soumission (2015), with its controversial vision of a future French Islamic Republic, on the very same day as the murderous attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo is already the stuff of literary legend. Even before...
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Enduring Monsters: (Em)bracing a Diachronic Storm of Monstrosities
Everywhere she looks, they surround her. The sea of camera phones tilt towards the young woman, like a many-eyed monster's rectangular eyes. A tell-tale blink of a camera phone flash, then the holder vanishes round the comer. "Hello? HelloT': the young...
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Questions of Empathy and Understanding: Monsters in Modern French Fiction
"Only France has no monsters", or so it is proclaimed in the foreword to a large volume dedicated to the academic study of monsters.1 This strange pronouncement alludes to a familiar myth, of the French nation as the land of Descartes and beacon of the...
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Vol. 55, No. 1, 2018

Ross Chambers: A Life in Books
Ross Chambers was bom in Kempsey New South Wales in November 1932 and died in Ann Arbor Michigan in October 2017, just short of his 85th birthday. His final illness was brief and he died surrounded by caring friends. Detailed obituaries setting out his...
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Afterword
In an article in this journal in 2011, I advocated the "mobilization" of French studies as a disciplinary field.1 Inspired by new understandings of the keyword "mobility" (Raymond Williams did not include the term in his original "vocabulary of culture...
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Mobility, Migration and Mystery in Maurice Gouiran's Marseille Polars
As France's oldest and largest port city, Marseille has served as a hub of migration and trade throughout the Mediterranean since its mythological founding in 600 BC. According to legend, the Phocaean refugee Protis landed on the Mediterranean shores...
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Fluctuations Auctoriales Au Sein Du Hoax Littéraire
Les supercheries littéraires sont aujourd'hui un phénoméne extremement å la mode. Certains des plus beaux coups éditoriaux résultent en réalité des mystifications. Ces impostures font l'objet de films å gros budget : The Words (2012) avec Bradley Cooper...
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Mobilising Memory: Rwandan Women Genocide Survivors in the Diaspora
In the aftermath of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, many Rwandans left the country and settled in Europe and North America. Despite numerous obstacles, there is a steadily growing body of testimonial narratives written by Rwandans in the...
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Aller-Retour-Détour: Transdiasporic Nomadism and the Navigation of Literary Prescription in the Work of Kim Thúy and Thanh-Van Tran-Nhut
Seemingly observing the writerly counsel offered in The Boat, "to write what only you could have written",1 Kim Thúy and Thanh-Van Tran-Nhut, Francophone authors of the Vietnamese diaspora, broach the themes of persecution, flight, migration and cultural...
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Voicing Voluntary Childlessness: Narratives of Non-Mothering in French
Natalie Edwards, Voicing Voluntary Childlessness: Narratives of NonMothering in French, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2016Despite the increasing numbers of women choosing voluntarily to remain childfree in the twenty-first century, the decision to "deviate" from...
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Julien Duvivier
Ben McCann, Julien Duvivier, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017With the publication of his monograph on French film director Julien Duvivier, Ben McCann takes a well-deserved place among the outstanding scholars who have contributed to the...
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Decentring France: Multilingualism and Power in Contemporary French Cinema
Gemma King, Decentring France: Multilingualism and Power in Contemporary French Cinema, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017As any notion of a purely national cinema, one that belongs and speaks to bounded nations, becomes increasingly questionable,...
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A Room of One's Own? Gender and the Voyage Immobile in Leïla Sebbar's Voyage En Algéries Autour De Ma Chambre
Between 2004 and 2008, the Franco-Algerian writer Leila Sebbar published three volumes of photo-texts. Each volume is composed of short, generically diverse texts and a wide variety of images. Snippets of fiction, historical accounts and auto/ biographical...
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Intertextual Weaving in the Work of Linda Lê: Imagining the Ideal Reader
Alexandra Kurmann, Intertextual Weaving in the Work of Linda Le: Imagining the Ideal Reader, Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2016This book proposes to uncover the primary textual relationship that the Francophone Vietnamese-born author Linda Le (b. 1963) forges...
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Mobility and Migration in France and the Francophone World
In June 2015, Nicolas Sarkozy, former French President, was reported to have described the flow of migrants into contemporary Europe as a "grosse fuite d'eau". Speaking against a European Commission proposal that several European Union countries accept...
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"Il Y a Toujours l'Autre": Towards a Photomosaic Reading of Otherness in Island Short Story Collections
As idealised settings, islands occupy centre stage in countless narratives. Godfrey Baldacchino suggests that "the metaphoric deployment of 'island', with the associated attributes of small physical size and warm water, is possibly the central gripping...
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Mobile Women in Virginie Despentes's Apocalypse Bébé
Literary mobility has traditionally been a male domain. Across many literary genres that foreground travel, migration or mobility, male representation dominates. Travel writing is a predominantly male genre, as the traveller recounts exploits, adventures...
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Vol. 54, No. 2/3, 2017

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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"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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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. 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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Vol. 52, No. 3, September-December

Inextinguible Alcofrybas, Ineffable Louise
François Rabelais et Louise Labé, figures emblématiques de la Renaissance dont l'époque contemporaine se plaît à célébrer, au-delà des cercles de spécialistes, l'extravagance de l'une et la liberté féministe de l'autre, sont, actuellement, des cas d'école...
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Renaissance et Masculinity Studies: De L'homme Moderne Au Masculin Postmoderne
En 1988, Eugenio Garin réunit plusieurs études - signées par des plumes illustres - dans un volume qui porte le titre L'Uomo del Rinascimento.1 Le point de départ reste l'intérêt pour l''affirmation renouvelée de l'homme, des valeurs humaines, dans les...
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Vol. 52, No. 1, January-April

Deleuze and Guattari in the Labyrinth: Mille Plateaux and Dans le Labyrinthe
The nouveau roman and the novels of Alain Robbe-Grillet have been the focus of extensive critical debate for over sixty years, with a myriad of different critical methodologies having been used to examine these texts.1 It would be impossible, given the...
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Port-Au-Prince as Microcosm of the Americas: Américanité Meets Haitianisation in Dany Laferrière's la Chair Du Maître
Throughout Dany Laferrière's ten-volume collection of autobiographical fiction, the neighbouring themes of America, Americanness and Americanisation wind through various intrigues, which the author pens in his trademark style américain. While much ink...
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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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"Jouet De Cet Oeil D'eau Morne ...": Rimbaud's "Mémoire"
Preface (2014) by Rosemary LloydTo paraphrase Jim's judgement of Paul Claudel's fascination with the Orient: "The French poetry that Lawler came to know was not a passing fancy."1 Apollinaire, Valéry, Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Claudel, Bonnefoy:...
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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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