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SFPS Monthly Mailing: May 2017

30th May 2017
  1. Calls for Papers

1.1 Memory Studies Association Second Annual Conference (Deadline: 1 July)

1.2 Australian Society of French Studies 2017 Conference (Deadline: 3 July)

1.3 Society for French Historical Studies 64th Annual Conference (Deadline: 1 September)


  1. Job Opportunities

2.1 Teaching Fellow in French (King’s College London)

2.2 Assistant, Associate or Full Professor ‒ PhD program in French (City University of New York)

2.3 Lecturer in Modern French History ‒ 1789 onwards (UCL)


  1. Announcements

3.1 The Holocaust in French Literature (9 June)

3.2 France, Europe and the World (26-27 June)


  1. New Titles

4.1 La littérature mauricienne contemporaine

4.2 The Colonial Fortune in Contemporary Fiction in French

4.3 Algeria: Nation, Culture and Transnationalism

4.4 Conjonctures congolaises 2016: Glissement politique, recul économique

4.5 France-Algérie : 50 ans d’histoires secrètes

4.6 L’école française au Vietnam de 1945 à 1975: De la mission civilisatrice à la diplomatie culturelle

4.7 Lettres francophones en chronotopes


  1. Calls for Papers

1.1 Memory Studies Association Second Annual Conference

Copenhagen, 14-16 December 2017

Founded last year in Amsterdam, the Memory Studies Association (MSA) aims at institutionalizing memory studies as a research field that is able to provide fundamental knowledge about the importance and function of memories in the public and private realm. The MSA’s objective is to provide a central forum for developing, discussing, and exchanging ideas about the methodology and theory of the inter- and multi-disciplinary field of memory studies.

By addressing crucial questions about the challenges and future of memory studies, this year’s conference will continue the fruitful debates that began in Amsterdam. A starting point of our discussions is to further define the ‘third wave’ of memory studies: One of the central problems of memory studies today is to adjust to the increasing heterogeneity of remembering without losing sight of national and local memory formations. Even in our globalized world, legal and mental borders are far from dissolved. The growing number of nationalist movements in Europe point to the continued virility of the national framework of remembrance.

This conference wants to address “memory unbound” as well as specific personal, familial or national memories and their mutual interrelations. It seeks answers to questions such as: How can memory studies continue to conceptualize the deterritorialized, fluid and transnational aspects of collective memory without abolishing the validity of the founding ideas of memory studies? Acknowledging the fact that memories relate not only to the presence of the past but also to imaginations of the future, how can we define the productive power of memory? Should memory studies merely be perceived as descriptive or should it also have an impact on actual political debates?

Confirmed keynote speakers and participants of this conference include: Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University), filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer (“The Act of Killing” and “The Look of Silence”), Jan Gross (Princeton University), as well as Ann Rigney (University of Utrecht), Fionnuala Dillane (University College of Dublin), Stef Craps (University of Ghent), Daniel Levy (Stony Brook University, New York), Siobhan Kattago (University of Tartu), Astrid Erll (Goethe-University Frankfurt), Jeffrey Olick (University of Virginia), Emilie Pine (University College of Dublin), Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (University of Lund), William Hirst (The New School, New York), Wulf Kansteiner (University of Aarhus), Silke Arnold-de Simine (Birkbeck, London).

The Memory Studies Association aims to be the central forum for scholars from around the world and across disciplines who are interested in memory studies. Its goal is to further establish and extend the status of memory studies as a field. As such, this second meeting of the association invites all those interested in being part of this important emerging enterprise. As an interdisciplinary forum for memory studies, we warmly welcome contributions from various research fields and explicitly invite transdisciplinary approaches. Submissions of papers and panels can address but are not limited to: Memory of migration of refugees and workers Traumatic memories Ethics of memory Memory and the media Memory and the global Entangled or multidirectional memories. Psychology of Collective Memory Gendered memories Geography and the memory of sites/spaces Sociological approaches to memory Memory in the digital age Memory and cultural heritage Teaching memory studies We would like to encourage both the submission of “traditional” academic papers and full panels, as well as innovative proposals for workshops, film screenings, roundtable discussions and more. Please contact the organizers if you would like to discuss ideas or have questions. The submission system is now open and will close on 1st July 2017.

You can find more information about the conference and venue here:

Further questions can be addressed to Tea Sindbæk Andersen or to Jessica Ortner


1.2 Australian Society of French Studies 2017 Conference

Join us in Canberra for the ASFS 2017 Conference, 13-15 December to be hosted by Australian National University.

Conference Theme: Truth and Representation / Vérité et Représentation

Call for Papers: ASFS 2017 Call for Papers. Submit 250 word abstracts by 3 July 2017 to

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Nicki Hitchcott, University of St Andrews
  • Dr Chris Watkin, Monash University

Organising Committee: Leslie Barnes, Ashok Collins, Solène Inceoglu, and Gemma King, ANU

Venue: Sir Roland Wilson building, ANU
Postgraduate Day: afternoon of 12 December.

If SFPS members would like to join Charles Forsdick for a panel showcasing SFPS work, send an email to

For more information, see


1.3 Society for French Historical Studies 64th Annual Conference

8-10 March 2018

University of Pittsburgh, Penn.

Duquesne University and The University of Pittsburgh will co-host the 64th Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies at the Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from Thursday, March 8 through Sunday, March 11, 2018. There will by plenary addresses by Catherine Desbarats (McGill University) on New France, and Julian Jackson (Queen Mary University of London) on Charles de Gaulle in 1968.

The Program Committee welcomes panel proposals on all subjects of the history of France, the French Empire, and other Francophone countries, as well as France within a global or transnational framework.  Since the conference will take place on the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the “évènements de mai ’68,” the organizers particularly invite proposals that deal with popular politics, social movements, and radical ideology from all periods of history.

Submissions for complete panels (including session title, paper titles, short abstracts, and a brief c.v. for each panelist) are strongly encouraged, though individual submissions are also permitted. In case of the latter, we will do our best to arrange them into coherent panels, space permitting.  The traditional format for panels is three 15-20 minute papers, with a chair and a commentator.  We also encourage submissions for panels in other formats, such as roundtables, flipped panels, lightning sessions, pedagogy panels, workshops, and panels dealing with the digital humanities. If you are proposing a non-traditional format, please explain how the session time of 1.75 hours will be used. A description of some of these alternate format possibilities will be available on the conference website.

Sessions will be held at the conference hotel, the Marriott City Center (112 Washington Pl., Pittsburgh, PA 15219) and on the nearby campus of Duquesne University, in the central Uptown neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  The SFHS has secured a special conference room rate of $145 per night; a limited number of rooms will be available to graduate students at a rate of $95 per night. Attendees will be able to enjoy the many cultural attractions, vibrant restaurant scene, and natural beauty that have earned Pittsburgh repeated recognition as a top destination for visitors.

Proposals in English or French must be submitted electronically through the link (soon to appear) on this website. Please do not send proposals for papers that have already been presented or published or that are scheduled for presentation elsewhere.  All conference participants must be members of the Society for French Historical Studies in good standing at the time of the conference; the deadline for submissions is September 15, 2017. For questions, please contact the two co-presidents of the SFHS 2017-18: Jotham Parsons, Associate Professor of History, Duquesne University and Pernille Røge, Assistant Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh, at

For more information, see


Appel à communications

L’Université Duquesne et l’Université de Pittsburgh accueilleront le 64e congrès annuel de la Société des Études Historiques Françaises au Marriott City Center de Pittsburgh du jeudi 8 mars au dimanche 11 mars 2018. Les adresses plénières seront offerts par Catherine Desbarats (Université McGill), à propos de la Nouvelle France, et Julian Jackson (Queen Mary University of London) sur le ’68 de Charles de Gaulle.

Le comité scientifique sollicite des propositions portant sur tous les thèmes de l’histoire de France, des colonies françaises et des autres pays francophones, ainsi que de la France dans le monde. Ce colloque se tenant à la veille du cinquantième anniversaire des “évènements de mai 68,” les organisateurs encouragent notamment les sessions consacrées à la politique populaire, aux mouvements sociaux et aux idées radicales pendant toutes les périodes historiques.

Les propositions de sessions complètes (comportant le titre de la session, les titres et de brefs résumés des communications, et un court C.V. pour chacun des participants) seront privilégiées, même si les communications individuelles seront aussi considérées et regroupées de façon cohérente en fonction de l’espace disponible. Une session traditionnelle se compose de trois communications de 15 à 20 minutes, et associe à leurs auteurs un président et un commentateur. D’autres formats tels que tables-rondes, sessions-éclair, ateliers pédagogiques, discussions de travaux communiqués à l’avance, et sessions consacrées aux humanités numériques sont également possibles. Si vous souhaitez proposer un format alternatif, merci de bien vouloir expliquer comment le temps imparti (1h45mn) sera utilisé. Une description de certains de ces formats alternatifs sera mise en ligne sur le site du colloque.

Les séances auront lieu à l’hôtel Marriott City Center (112 Washington Pl., Pittsburgh, PA 15219) et sur le campus de l’Université Duquesne, proche du centre-ville de Pittsburgh. La SFHS a obtenu un tarif préférentiel de 145$ par nuitée pour les participants au colloque, ainsi qu’un nombre limité de chambres disponibles au tarif de 95$ pour les étudiants. Les participants pourront découvrir les nombreux sites culturels, les restaurants et le cadre naturel qui ont valu à Pittsburgh d’être régulièrement reconnue comme une destination touristique majeure.

Les propositions, rédigées en anglais ou en français, sont à envoyer par internet via le lien ci-dessus (disponible prochainement). Veillez à ne proposer que des communications qui n’ont pas déjà été présentées, publiées, ou acceptées ailleurs. Tous les intervenants devront être membres de la Society for French Historical Studies à jour de leurs cotisations à la date du colloque. Le site internet recevra les propositions jusqu’au 15 septembre 2017. Pour toute question, merci de vous adresser aux deux co-présidents de la SFHS pour 2017-18: Jotham Parsons, Professeur Associé d’Histoire, Duquesne University, et Pernille Røge, Professeur Assistant d’Histoire, University of Pittsburgh, à

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  1. Job Opportunities

2.1  Teaching Fellow in French (King’s College London)

Salary Details: Grade 6, £32,958 – £39,324 per annum

Allowances: plus £2,623 London Weighting

Contract Type: Temporary/Fixed term

Contract Term: Full time

This post will be a full-time, Fixed Term Contract for 12 months.

The Department of French is seeking to appoint a Teaching Fellow in 19th-century French Studies for a period of 12 months from September 1st 2017. The successful candidate will teach on a range of undergraduate courses including French language, translation and first-year introductory modules as well as more specialised final-year courses on 19th-century French literature and culture.
The post-holder will be involved in personal tutoring and some academic administration and will also be expected to supervise undergraduate and possibly Master’s dissertations. Depending on experience, the Teaching Fellow may be involved in informal advising of research students. He or she will play a full part in the intellectual life of the Department.
Applicants should have a PhD in 19th-century French Studies in hand or submitted by the start date and relevant experience of undergraduate teaching.

The selection process will include a presentation, and a panel interview.
Interviews are scheduled to be held the week commencing: 3 July

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact Dr Johanna Malt,, tel 020 7848 1830

Closing date: 14 June 2017.

For more information, a job pack and the application form, see:


2.2 Assistant, Associate or Full Professor PhD program in French (City University of New York)

Performs teaching, research and guidance duties in area(s) of expertise. Shares responsibility for committee and department assignments including administrative, supervisory, and other functions.

Campus Specific Information

The Graduate Center (GC) is the principal doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York (CUNY). Offering more than thirty doctoral degrees from Anthropology to Urban Education, and fostering globally significant research in a wide variety of centers and institutes, the GC provides academic training in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Graduate Center is also integral to the intellectual and cultural vitality of New York City. Through its extensive public programs, The Graduate Center hosts a wide range of events – lectures, conferences, book discussions, art exhibits, concerts, and dance and theater that enrich and inform. The Ph.D. Program in French at GC seeks applicants for a faculty position in the Francophone area with strong interdisciplinary interests and practice. The candidate must be able to teach equally in French and in English and have taught and published in one or more areas of Francophone Studies. We seek a faculty member currently at mid-career level (from advanced Assistant Professor through recently promoted full Professor) with a substantial record of publication and recognition within the profession who will make a long-range commitment to our institution, and engage fully with teaching, mentoring and the supervision of dissertations. We welcome applicants with expertise in one or more additional fields across a range including but not limited to literary and cultural studies, aesthetics, anthropology, religion, history, sociology, and urban studies. This position will begin in the Fall 2018 semester.

Qualifications: For Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor: Ph.D. degree in area(s) of experience or equivalent. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

Compensation Cuny offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

Closing date: 15 June 2017.

For more details and how to apply, see:


2.3 Lecturer in Modern French History 1789 onwards (University College London)

UCL Department of French

School of European Languages, Culture and Society

Grade 7

Full Time

Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £37,936 – £41,163 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities

UCL invites applications for a Lectureship in Modern French History. The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position on 1 January, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The postholder will be expected to contribute to the Department’s and Faculty’s teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to contribute to the running of the Department, the School and the University generally.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have a PhD or equivalent and be completely fluent in French. Proven ability to undertake academic research of high quality in any area of modern French history is essential, as well as having the ability to teach modern/contemporary French history at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy please contact Dr Kevin Inston,

Closing Date: 31 July 2017.

For more information, see


  1. Announcements               

3.1 The Holocaust in French Literature (The Holocaust Research Institute Workshop Series)

9 June, 10:45am-4pm

Royal Holloway, University of London

You are warmly invited to the Holocaust Research Institute’s summer term workshop on ‘The Holocaust in French Literature’.

The workshop is open to undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members and others. The idea of the workshop format is to explore issues and ideas in an informal and supportive atmosphere.

Speakers include:

Manuel Bragança (University College Dublin)
‘From Adolf to Hitler and Back: Adolf Hitler in French Fiction, from 1945 to the Present’

Alan Morris (University of Strathclyde)
‘Patrick Modiano and the Shadow of the Holocaust’ 

Helena Duffy (Royal Holloway, University of London)
‘Motherhood after the Holocaust: Soazig Aaron’s Le Non de Klara

This event is free but places are extremely limited! Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Register here:


3.2 France, Europe and the World (Society for the Study of French History Annual Conference)

26th-27th June 2017

The University of Strathclyde

The history of France has been profoundly shaped by its European and global entanglements. Whether through its diplomatic and military engagements, colonial encounters, cultural and intellectual exchanges, or the interconnections of trade and commerce, the porous and fluid nature of France’s borders have brought a complex range of influences upon France’s history. As the role and status of France within Europe and the wider world changed, so did perceptions and representations of France.

Provisional programme here: 

Register here before 12 June:



  1. New Titles

4.1 La littérature mauricienne contemporaine: Un espace de création postcolonial entre revendications identitaires et ouvertures interculturelles (Lit Verlag, 2017)

By Markus Arnold
Depuis les années 1990, la littérature de l’île Maurice a vu l’émergence de voix innovantes caractérisées par une écriture transgressive, l’investissement de questions identitaires inédites, ainsi qu’une subversion des représentations conventionnelles des ‘tropiques’ et des ‘îles’. Cet ouvrage interroge un large corpus romanesque, d’expression française et anglaise, sur ses différentes inscriptions de la postcolonialité, en s’articulant autour de plusieurs problématiques scripturaires, théoriques et politiques (le champ littéraire, la mémoire, l’hybridité, le genre, l’espace). L’analyse des spécificités dominantes de cet espace de création pluriel permet ainsi de voir comment les romans mauriciens se positionnent et évoluent au sein d’une société multiculturelle complexe et dans un contexte littéraire globalisé. Plus généralement, l’ouvrage repense le paradigme postcolonial à l’aune des enjeux identitaires et topologiques du XXIe siècle.

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4.2 The Colonial Fortune in Contemporary Fiction in French (Liverpool University Press, 2017)

By Oana Panaïté

“The Colonial Fortune” highlights the features of a paracolonial aesthetics emanating from a significant body of contemporary Hexagonal and non-metropolitan texts. Authored by writers who are either directly involved in the debate about the colonial past and its remanence (J. M. G. Le Clézio, Paule Constant, Édouard Glissant, Tierno Monénembo, Marie NDiaye, and Leïla Sebbar) or who do not overtly manifest such concerns (Stéphane Audeguy, Marie Darrieussecq, Régis Jauffret, Pierre Michon, and Claude Simon), these works create a shared imaginary space permeated by the symbolic, rhetorical, and conceptual presence colonialism in our postcolonial era. The paracolonial describes the phenomena of revival, resurgence, remanence, and residue – in other words, the permanence of the colonial in contemporary imagination. It also addresses the re-imagining, revisiting, and recasting of the colonial in current works of literature (fiction, autobiography, and essay). The idea of the colonial fortune emerges as an interface between our era’s concerns with issues of fate, economics, legacy, and debt stemming from the understudied persistence of the colonial in today’s political and cultural conversantion, and literature’s ways of making sense of them both sensorially and sensibly.

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4.3 Algeria: Nation, Culture and Transnationalism (Liverpool University Press, 2017)

By Patrick Crowley

Algeria: Nation, Culture and Transnationalism covers a specific period of time (1988-2015) that has taken on a significantly different socio-political configuration to that of the first 25 years of post-independence Algeria (1962-1987). Since 1988, Algeria has seen democratic contestation, civil conflict between state and Islamist parties and, over the past 10 years, an uneasy peace. It was in the same period that the country endured economic decline and a painful transition to a more liberal economy. Less than twenty years ago Algeria was seen as a ‘failed state’ yet it is now perceived as having a role in the ‘stabilization’ of North Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring. Central to this transformation has been a turn in Algeria’s economic fortunes. The Algerian army and political elite have, over the past 10 years, hugely benefitted from revenues derived from its hydrocarbon exports and use such revenues to manage a society in which a majority depend on state subsidies and public sector employment. Contemporary Algeria, argues Hugh Roberts (2003), is marked by an emerging post-nationalism and a sense that the elite has lost the political bearings that shaped the nation after 1962. There is an on-going tension generated by official positions that remain vigorously centripetal and a more informal, local yet transnational, dynamics that is often centrifugal in effect. The result is a society characterised by a range of oppositions that bear upon the evolution of the state and the lives of ordinary Algerians. Algeria has been dramatically marked by competing forces: state nationalism and grassroots nationalist disenchantment; Islamism and a version of Islam that accommodates greater plurality; a national economy — and this includes cultural production — that is responding to globalization; the conflict of the 1990s and its contemporary legacy. The contributions to this book focus on the impact of such forces across a range of interests in contemporary Algeria.

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4.4 Conjonctures congolaises 2016: Glissement politique, recul économique (Cahiers africains, L’Harmattan, 2017)

By Aymar Nyenyezi Bisoka, Sara Geenen, An Ansoms, and Jean Omasombo Tshonda

En 2016, le changement tant attendu n’a pas eu lieu. Kabila est resté au pouvoir. 2016 aura aussi été l’année de grandes difficultés politiques dont la Majorité présidentielle est encore loin de se remettre : les schismes qu’elle a connus et qui ont conduit au départ de grands ténors dans l’opposition politique. Plus grave encore, 2016 a vu s’effondrer certaines transformations économiques et sociales qui constituaient les principales réussites du Gouvernement, comme le déclin de la production dans le Copperbelt entraînant un ralentissement de la croissance.

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4.5 France-Algérie : 50 ans d’histoires secrètes (Fayard, 2017)

By Naoufel Brahimi El Mili

« Les relations entre la France et l’Algérie peuvent être bonnes ou mauvaises, en aucun cas elles ne peuvent être banales. » Ces mots de 1974 sont de Bouteflika, alors jeune ministre des Affaires étrangères. Le contexte est particulier : il veut faire de son pays le guide des non-alignés, la tête pensante d’une autre diplomatie, loin des colonies.

Oui, mais voilà. Dix ans plus tôt, ou quarante ans plus tard, ces mots ont toujours valeur d’axiome : entre la France et l’Algérie, bien que les deux parties s’entendent parfois sur le papier, d’autres fois dans les mains serrées qu’on affiche devant les palais présidentiels, c’est toujours compliqué. Depuis les accords d’Évian, elles entretiennent une relation passionnée et tumultueuse faite d’amour et de haine sur fond de contrats gaziers, d’immigration et de plaies identitaires mal refermées. Une relation ou tous les coups seront permis, mais en cachette.

Ces tromperies, ces histoires secrètes, Naoufel Brahimi El Mili a décidé d’enfin les dévoiler. Depuis Giscard d’Estaing et l’OAS, jusqu’aux espions algériens à Paris, en passant par les petits services d’Alexandre de Marenches et de la DGSE, il révèle cinquante ans manoeuvres confidentielles, de coups bas toujours restés dans l’ombre.

Tout ce qui n’aurait jamais dû être dit.

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4.6 L’école française au Vietnam de 1945 à 1975: De la mission civilisatrice à la diplomatie culturelle (Encrage, 2017)

By Nguyen Thuy Phuong

Cet ouvrage fait revivre la saga de l’école française au Vietnam de 1945 à 1975, ouvrant une fenêtre sur une histoire encore largement méconnue. Pendant trois décennies, des milliers de jeunes vietnamiens suivent un enseignement en langue française au sein d’établissements toujours prestigieux malgré leur passé colonial, havres de savoirs et de paix qui offrent à leurs élèves un véritable avenir dans un pays plongé dans la guerre. Dans cette étude richement documentée à partir de nombreuses archives et témoignages recueillis en France et au Vietnam, Nguyen Thuy Phuong met en lumière les circonstances politiques et idéologiques qui ont façonné cet enseignement à une époque de mutations profondes. Elle trace avec finesse comment la « mission civilisatrice » française se mue en diplomatie culturelle face aux défis que représentent l’arrivée des communistes au pouvoir dans le Nord et celle des Américains dans le Sud du Vietnam. Cette histoire vue du haut est appréhendée aussi par le bas. Le livre décrit, de façon sensible, un univers multiculturel complexe et fragmenté qui a laissé, au-delà des salles de classe, une empreinte profonde sur plusieurs générations d’élèves qui se ressent encore dans les mémoires recueillis. Ce livre d’une jeune chercheuse talentueuse montre à quel point l’éducation est au cœur des enjeux diplomatiques, culturels et identitaires dans un monde bouleversé par la décolonisation. Une histoire à découvrir et à méditer à l’ère de la mondialisation.

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4.7 Lettres francophones en chronotopes (Horizons Francophones, L’Harmattan, 2017)

By Tania Manca, Stefania Cubeddu-Proux, Victoria Famin, Fatma Agoun-Perpère, Cecilia Camoin, Claudia Canu Fautré

Qu’en est-il du temps et de l’espace aujourd’hui dans les textes littéraires produits en langue française ? Des moyens possibles d’utiliser « la corrélation essentielle entre des rapports spatiotemporels » ? Ce volume rassemble les travaux du premier colloque de l’Association des Chercheurs en Littératures Francophones, consacré aux chronotopes dans les littératures de langue française. Ce concept, formulé par Mikhaïl Bakhtine désormais incontournable, permet d’interroger une production littéraire complexe et variée à travers la construction d’un univers propre à chaque texte.


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