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Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François and Neelima Jeychandran, eds. Indian Ocean Studies, African-Asian Affinities. Spec. issue of Verge. Studies in Global Asias 8.1 (2022)

This special issue investigates how creative works and aesthetic expressions represent African-Asian affinities in several parts of the Indian Ocean world. Contributions featured in this issue engage with a wide array of objects and practices—including music and dance, poetry and novels, paintings and architectural designs—and consider how they simultaneously capture and shape the imaginary of the Indian Ocean as a space that generates complex definitions of transcultural, translocal, and transnational contacts.

Queering the Enlightenment: Kinship and gender in eighteenth-century French Literature

Rutler, Tracy. Queering the Enlightenment: Kinship and gender in eighteenth-century French literature. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2021.

Liminal periods in politics often serve as points in time when traditional methods and principles organizing society are disrupted. These periods of interregnum may not always result in complete social upheaval, but they do open the space to imagine social and political change in diverse forms. In Queering the Enlightenment: kinship and gender in the literature of eighteenth-century France, Tracy Rutler uncovers how numerous canonical authors of the 1730s and 40s were imagining radically different ways of organizing the masses during the early years of Louis XV’s reign. Through studies of the literature of Antoine François Prévost, Claude Crébillon, Pierre de Marivaux, and Françoise de Graffigny among others, Rutler demonstrates how the heteronormative bourgeois family’s rise to dominance in late-eighteenth-century France had long been contested within the fictional worlds of many French authors. The utopian impulses guiding the fiction studied in this book distinguish these authors as some of the most brilliant political theorists of the day. Enlightenment, for these authors, means reorienting one’s relation to power by reorganizing their most intimate relations. Using a practice of reading queerly, Rutler shows how these works illuminate the unparalleled potential of queer forms of kinship to dismantle the patriarchy and help us imagine what might eventually take its place.

Queering the Enlightenment: Kinship and gender in eighteenth-century French Literature by Tracy Ruttler


Maya Boutaghou and Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François, eds. The Minor in Question. Spec. issue of Cultural Dynamics. Insurgent Scholarship on Culture, Politics, and Power 32.1-2 (2020)

Dedicated to “the minor in question,” this issue of Cultural Dynamics investigates the renewed potential and conceptual valence of the “minor,” both as a critical category and a methodological framework, for thinking through questions of positionality and performance, of agency and ways of being, for marginal subjects whose creative and expressive cultures circumvent dominant influences and hierarchical systems of power. Grounded in the work of comparative literature and theory, the volume gathers contributions by scholars from a variety of disciplines in the Humanities, whose works lie at the intersection of various linguistic expressions, geographical arrangements, cultural formations, and so-called minor orientations within established area studies programs. Considering how aesthetic forms convey the “minor” as a cultural entity, they approach it both as a dynamic category and a fluid positionality, not only to uncover the diverse forms that violence, domination, and inequalities take across multiple contexts, but also to challenge static representations of minor subjects and communities as passive, isolated, and/or disempowered.

The Minor in Question


Maya Boutaghou and Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François, eds. Mapping Francophone Postcolonial Theories. Spec. issue of Contemporary French & Francophone Studies: Sites 22.2 (2018)

This special issue of Contemporary French & Francophone Studies examines how the literary, visual, cinematic, and linguistic engagement of border-crossing writers, artists, and filmmakers from Francophone contexts creatively re-imagines our world. By acknowledging the evolution, paradoxes, and challenges of Francophone studies, the volume discusses the paradigm shift that redirects the focus from vertical ties subjugating Francophone regions to France, to more horizontal links and heterogeneous spaces of mediation, that embody the unscripted and multidirectional creativity of transnational sites of production. By examining how “invisible” relations, unexpected circulations, and minoritized/marginalized expressions act as strong transnational components of a “worlding” or “world-forming” endeavor, we approach francophonie as a space of diversity, hybridity, and creolization that generates new meanings and phenomenologies specifically visible in artistic performances and literary practices.

Mapping Francophone Postcolonial Theories

Poétiques de la violence et récits francophones contemporains

Jean-François, Emmanuel (Bruno). Poétiques de la violence et récits francophones contemporains. Amsterdam: Brill, 2016.

In this comparative interdisciplinary study, Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François examines what constitutes the counter-discourse that emerging Francophone literatures articulate to think through the dynamics of violence in our contemporary world in view of the proliferation of artistic, iconographic and media representations of violence effecting our perception of our environment. In the context of the trivialization of violence, and the crisis of representation that this phenomenon produces, he underscores both the aesthetic and ethical engagement of writers from a wide range of geographical regions, by bringing together literary texts that develop a new poetics of violence, characterized by a break in the aesthetic values usually associated with the ‘unrepresentable.’ By exploring the stylistic, historical and thematic contours of these Francophone and postcolonial texts, his study invites us to better understand the thematic, aesthetic and ethic issues they raise.

From Dada to Infra-noir: Dada, Surrealism, and Romania

Yaari, Monique, and Timothy Shipe, eds. From Dada to Infra-noir: Dada, Surrealism, and Romania. Spec. issue of Dada/Surrealism 20 (2015).

This is the first essay collection in English on the subject of Dada and surrealism in literature and the visual arts within Romania and in the largely francophone diaspora. It includes eighteen articles by scholars and critics from North America, Europe, and Israel, as well as a selection of primary documents newly translated into English and a substantial bibliography. Monique Yaari’s own article concerns the poet and artist Paul Păun/Paon.

Les Misérables and Its Afterlives: Between Page, Stage, and Screen

Grossman, Kathryn, and Bradley Stephens. Les Misérables and Its Afterlives: Between Page, Stage, and Screen. London: Ashgate, 2015.

Exploring the enduring popularity of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, this collection offers analysis of both the novel itself and its adaptations. In spite of a mixed response from critics, Les Misérables instantly became a global bestseller. Since its successful publication over 150 years ago, it has traveled across different countries, cultures, and media, giving rise to more than 60 international film and television variations, numerous radio dramatizations, animated versions, comics, and stage plays. Most famously, it has inspired the world's longest running musical, which itself has generated a wealth of fan-made and online content. Whatever its form, Hugo’s tale of social injustice and personal redemption continues to permeate the popular imagination. This volume draws together essays from across a variety of fields, combining readings of Les Misérables with reflections on some of its multimedia afterlives, including musical theater and film from the silent period to today's digital platforms.

“Infra-noir” un et multiple : un groupe surréaliste entre Bucarest et Paris

Yaari, Monique, ed. "Infra-noir" un et multiple : un groupe surréaliste entre Bucarest et Paris, 1945-1947. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014.

Bucarest - Paris, 1945-1947. Pendant cet intervalle trouble où la dictature communiste ne s’est pas encore imposée dans la capitale roumaine sur les décombres du fascisme, un groupe surréaliste singulier émerge de la clandestinité avec un enchaînement fébrile de publications et d’expositions. Se pensant en dialogue avec Paris mais affirmant hautement sa différence, il arbore l’« Infra-noir » comme signe d’une identité codée.

Strengthening the PRO Hypothesis

Reed, Lisa A. Strengthening the PRO Hypothesis. Boston: De Gruyter, 2014.

Generative theory has long sought to analyze Control structures, questioning whether the complement clause contains a syntactically projected thematic subject, whether such an argument undergoes displacement and, if so, where and why, and what role semantics may play. This book follows this tradition, critically examining paradigms erroneously assumed to favor PRO analyses over Movement and implicit argument accounts and offering novel data amenable to analysis only within a PRO approach – although one radically different from its predecessors in both form and interpretation.

Parlons Affaires!: Initiation Au Français Economique Et Commercial

Berg, Robert J., and Heather McCoy. Parlons Affaires!: Initiation Au Français Economique Et Commercial. Revised/Expanded ed, 2013.

In-depth and adaptable, PARLONS AFFAIRES! is a comprehensive resource for the Business French course. Through coverage of traditional business topics, as well as career practices, communication skills, and cultural concepts particular to French businesses, students will acquire valuable vocabulary and insights that will improve their understanding of the French and Canadian business worlds.