2013 CFP: French and Francophone

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Camus and Algeria (Roundtable)
Camus: ’un homme moral dans un monde immoral’ or ’inconscient colonial’? To honor the centennial of Camus’ birth and fifty years since Algerian independence, this roundtable will examine the relationship between Camus and Algeria, as well as Edward Said’s critique of Camus’ colonalist treatment of Algeria in his literary texts. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief bio to Claire Schub, claire.schub@tufts.edu
Ecocriticism and French Romanticism (1750-1870)
This panel, which foregrounds ecocritical discourses, will examine evidence of environmental concerns in all genres of French romantic literature. Locating specific instances where French Romantics privileged a biocentric model of the natural environment, we will consider how they critiqued the unprecedented scale of human destruction driven by advances in science, industry, and urbanization. Please submit 250-300 word abstracts in English or French to Karen Quandt, kquandt@princeton.edu.
Etre mère autrement
Mères qui enfantent grâce aux techniques de reproduction assistée, mères porteuses, mères acheteuses, mères qui font un don d’ovocytes, mères adoptives… Qu’est-ce qui définit une mère ? Quelles questions éthiques ces nouvelles formes de maternité posent-elles ? Cette session examinera comment la littéraire française et francophone reflète les expériences de la maternité les moins traditionnelles et participe à la redéfinition du concept de « mère » ? Propositions (en anglais ou français, 250 mots) à Sylvie Vanbaelen <svanbael@butler.edu>
Experiencing Anglo-Norman Law: Facts and Fictions
This panel seeks papers which will examine perceptions of law as seen through the documentary and literary sources of the Anglo-Norman period (including the Angevins and Plantagenets). Topics may focus on how women encoutered the law, how legal concepts were developed, mirrors for princes, and political songs of protest. Please submit all proposals to Laura Shafer, University of Connecticut, themomms@snet.net .
Fiction or Fact ? Literature and the Press in 19th Century France
19th and early 20th century French literature and journalism developed a symbiotic relationship where both sides constantly informed, enriched, and at times impaired each other’s ways of representing the world. This panel welcomes presentations that address this multifaceted relationship from a variety of perspectives such as: art criticism and the representation of art in literature; how political articles inform political novels, and vice-versa; the representation of gender and crime; the question of readership and authorship. (kacg@mac.com)
French Literature and/on the Radio
This panel proposes to examine ways in which 20th and 21st-century French authors, particularly those associated with experimental literary forms, interacted with radio. Papers addressing the programs on which they and their work featured, significant interviews, and the creation or adaptation of literary works on the radio are especially encouraged. Please send 250-300 word abstracts in French or English to Carrie Landfried, carrie.landfried@fandm.edu.
Haiti after the Earthquake: the Shape, Role and Power of Writing (Roundtable)
This roundtable is devoted to works written after the earthquake that shook the earth of Haiti on January 12, 2010, to the role and power of literature, to the necessity of writing that follows such a traumatic event. How can fiction, poetry, writing in general transcribe the memory, the witnessing? What is the role of literature, what is the role of the writer, when survival becomes central? Please submit 250-300 word abstracts in English or French to Emmanuelle Vanborre: Emmanuelle.Vanborre@gordon.edu
Hemlock, Eve, and Antarctica: Hélène Cixous’s Recent Fiction
This panel seeks papers on any aspect of Hélène Cixous’s recent prose works, published after 2000. The aim of this panel is to bring together a variety of readings of Cixous’s recent fiction in order to investigate the interwoven nature and the dominant themes of her recent writings, as a means of understanding Cixous’s work within contemporary French literature. Please send abstracts in French or English to Elizabeth Berglund Hall, ehall@ithaca.edu.
Identités sexuelles du Maghreb / Sexual Identities of the Maghreb
Ce panel cherche à explorer la façon dont les identités marginales sont représentées, à travers l’écriture, ou le cinéma, et l’importance de ces représentations dans une société maghrébine qui est en complète remise en question, suite aux bouleversements politiques de ces dernières années, et qui cherche à s’ouvrir sur le monde, et comment ces remises en question participent à la création d’une nouvelle identité et d’une nouvelle société. Envoyez vos propositions de communication (250 mots en français ou anglais) par email à ocle@buffalo.edu
Immigrant Spaces and Creativity in Contemporary Francophone Literature
This panel will address the various ways that the immigrant is portrayed today in contemporary French literature by authors who are at home in more than one culture. Submissions that highlight literary innovations and reader interactivity in these kinds of narratives are welcome. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts to Frédérique Donovan at fdonovan@mit.edu.
The Killer Outside Me: Marginality in Contemporary French Crime Cinema
This panel seeks to explore the notion of (social, cultural, sexual, racial, political, and aesthetic) marginality in contemporary French crime cinema. We are particularly interested in papers that address marginality in relation to the changing conditions of production that have occurred within the genre in France over the past three decades. All theoretical approaches are welcome, including comparative studies involving non-French film cultures. Submit paper proposals to François Massonnat at francois.massonnat@villanova.edu.
L’animal, l’humain, le végétal et le texte francophone
Ce panel cherche à examiner les diverses manières d’envisager les relations entre l’homme et l’environnement s’éloignant de la tradition allégorique, bucolique et pastorale. Le texte francophone contemporain (fin 20ème et 21ème s.), dans son sens le plus large (roman,poésie,film,théâtre… etc.) constituera la toile de fond de cette exploration. Adressez une courte bio. + résumé de communication 250-300 mots (en français ou en anglais)à Nadra Hebouche: nadra.hebouche@fandm.edu
L’Ere du Nouveau: Echoes of the Nouveau Roman in other Spheres
This panel seeks papers concerning the Nouveau Roman in its relation to spheres outside of the literary. We seek discussions of literary works of the movement as compared to cultural productions of the same time frame in spheres beyond film such as painting, music, or dance. Our goal is to better understand the Nouveau Roman and in particular what kinds of innovations it made to or borrowed from other arenas. Please send inquiries or 250-500 word abstracts to Priya Wadhera, Adelphi University, pw27@columbia.edu.
‘Ni fondamentalistes ni extrémistes’: Islam in French Hip-Hop
This panel explores French hip-hop’s engagement with Islam in order to understand its ethnic, cultural, and political significance to youth of immigrant origin in France. How do rappers represent their personal and discursive relationships with Islam in their works? How might rappers challenge racism and Islamophobia and promote a greater understanding of Muslim identities in contemporary French society? Interdisciplinary approaches encouraged. Send 200-300 word abstracts to cjwojo@gmail.com.
No Place Like It: Constructing and Conceptualizing ’Home’
This panel seeks to explore (the) ‘home’ as a critical site, concept, and category in French and Francophone literature and theory. What are the aesthetic, epistemological, ethical, and political stakes of representations of, and discourses surrounding, the home? How does the home, as both physical object and affective or theoretical construct, inflect considerations of self, family, and community, and nation? Please send 300-word abstracts to Tali Zechory, tzechory@fas.harvard.edu, and Jessica Tanner, jtanner@fas.harvard.edu.
Paul et Virginie
This panel will re-read Bernardin de Saint-Pierre’s Paul et Virginie (1788) and the ways in which its tropes have been interpreted in subsequent literary and artistic production. How, and why, do Paul et Virginie’s famous representations of romance, death, and cultural encounter re-appear in literatures of other genres, languages, nations, and cultures? How has this European narrative of colonization been adapted across languages, centuries, and multiple locations? Submit 300-500 word abstracts to: Kristen Meylor, kmeylor@sas.upenn.edu.
Performing Libertinage: Music and Dance of/in the Libertine Novel
This panel explores how libertinage, interested not only in pleasure, but also—and primarily—in the mastery of discourse: 1. portrays music and dance, and 2. is adapted to these media. How does non-discursive performance reify, limit or even undo libertine programs (philosophical, political, educational or aesthetic)? We invite comparative analyses (of literature, music and dance) of performance in the libertine novel and those addressing opera and ballet adaptations of the libertine novel. Send 300-word abstracts to rachel.corkle@nyu.edu
Powerful Minds: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century French Writers
This panel will focus on uncovering the ideas, philosophy, and beliefs proposed by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French writers that are present in their master works. We will discuss their personal ideas, beliefs, and value systems in light of the reality of their time. Major seventeenth- and eighteenth-century authors will include female and male philosophers, moralists, essayists, poets, novelists, and playwrights. The method of analysis is open. Send abstracts (200-300 words) to Dr. Stéphane Natan, Rider University: snatan@rider.edu
Rara Avis: Avian Erotics in Medieval and Pre-Modern French Literature
This panel seeks to explore the role of birds in the erotic imagination of medieval and pre-modern French literature. Why are fowl such important symbols of erotic desire? How do bestiaries, dietetic texts, and medical theories affect the literary uses of edible birds and those who consume them? How do portrayals of birds relate to those of animals in general? What can avian figures teach us about conceptions of human amatory and sexual appetites? Please send 300-word abstracts to Stefanie Goyette, sgoyette@fas.harvard.edu.
Représentation(s) de la migration dans le cinéma français contemporain
This panel examines the representation(s) of migration in contemporary French cinema. In the last forty years, French society has undergone major changes. New questions and new migratory trajectories have appeared. What is the face of migration in today’s France and how is it represented on the big screen? Papers can be in English or French. Send 300 word abstracts to Carole Salmon, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Carole_Salmon@uml.edu and Marianne Bessy, Furman University, marianne.bessy@furman.edu
Sexuality, Drug Use, Violence: Marginality in Francophone Literature and Film
This session invites abstracts that explore through the figure of the hero, the anti-hero, or the author, expressions of marginality in society. How do we analyze buffoonery, revolt, as explorations of limits of normality? Projects of discourses vary depending on the author as well as the inscription of the oeuvre within or outside the field (champ) of the acceptable, with a series of values, norms and procedures. Send your 150-200-word abstract to El H. Malick Ndiaye at ehn2106@columbia.edu
Shame and Guilt in the Maghrebi Literary Works and Movies
This session aims to explore a variety of representations of shame and guilt in the Maghrebi literary works and movies. Despite their negative connotations, is it possible that these two feelings open the door to feminine emancipation? Florina Matu, University of Alabama, fmatu@crimson.ua.edu
Spatialité et identités dans la littérature et le cinéma d’Afrique francophone
This panel invites abstracts on the representation of identities, aesthetics and sociocultural practices in relation to space as depicted in francophone African novels, novellas and cinema. How does space feature in the mimesis of identities? What types of spatial entities are francophone writers and filmmakers engaging with and why? Do such representations introduce new aesthetics? Please submit a 250-500 word abstract in English and French to maniang@colby.edu.
Thoughts on Marcel Proust 100 Years after Swann
To mark the centennial of the first publication of Du côté de chez Swann, this panel will reflect on the place of Proust’s work in contemporary literature and criticism. How do A la recherche du temps perdu and its various precursors continue to influence or inspire authors today? From a theoretical perspective, how are critics presently approaching Proust’s work and where is Proustian criticism headed? Please submit 250-300 word abstracts to Adeline Soldin by <adelinej@bu.edu>
Visualizing Violence in Francophone Cultures
This panel will offer an exploration of representations of violence in visuals and literary arts in French-language cultures. We seek papers that examine the role visual texts have played in narrating violence while also articulating political expression, shaping colonial and postcolonial history, and reflecting modernization and migration. Send abstracts to: mxcomp@wm.edu
Women and Writing in the French Caribbean
This panel addresses how women writers from the French Caribbean illustrate writing. How do women represent the act of writing? What are the limits of writing as a tool of self-assertion? What relationships between women and writing emerge as women turn to writing as an instrument that helps stage, subvert, and navigate the tensions between the self and society? Please send 300-word abstract that includes name, contact information, and institutional affiliation to Lisa Connell at lconnell@westga.edu.
Women’s Autobiography in French:Reappearance and Magnification of Nuclear Scenes
This panel explores the reappearance and magnification of fragmented memories in women’s autobiography. Often reflecting real-life trauma, these scenes recur in their elusiveness and hinder every final reconstruction of the original episode. What is the effect of repetitive inscriptions of the same event? Is any type of appropriation even possible? What form of desire does the amplification of past events represent? Is writing alone capable of pointing toward future possibilities? Please send abstracts to Anna Rocca arocca@salemstate.edu

See also under:

Theory and Literary Criticism: “Trauma and the Body: Witnessing Violence in Contemporary Literature

Transnational Literatures: “Francophilie/Francophonie: European Transnationalism in Literature