Replaying the Francophone Early Modern in the Twenty-First Century
Guest Editors, Michael Meere and Annelle Curulla
If the past has never really passed, then how is this contemporary moment remaking our understanding of the early modern francophone world (1500-1800)? This issue uses the concept of the “replay” as a way to examine the reframing, redescription, and reimagining of the past through performance (broadly conceived as performing arts, commemorative practices, reenactments, games, and so forth). Adopting a global perspective, this issue includes contributions from scholars and practitioners often separated by disciplinary, historical or geographic boundaries, and whose work explicitly engages with theater history, theatricality, and current theoretical discussions concerning theater and performance studies.
Proust to Other Ends
Guest Editors, François Proulx and Hannah Freed-Thall
On the centenary of Marcel Proust’s death, this special issue proposes counter-readings of À la recherche du temps perdu and its manuscripts, in minor or unexpected modes, toward surprising points of comparison or theoretical reflection. Rather than study its sources or its reception, articles consider how the Proustian text continually unfurls to other ends, including against its own monumentalization.
Guest Editors, Natania Meeker and Antónia Szabari
Plant sexual life becomes the subject of intense discussions in early modern botany. How does France, with its legacy of materialist libertine thought, become a hub for botanically-informed critique of human sexual norms and practices? How is early modern botany enmeshed with desire? “Libertine Botany” charts premodern explorations of the nonbinary sexuality of plants and investigates their effects on the gendering of the human polis. In conversation with contemporary discussions of sexuality, this special issue studies how-- through a body of work anticipating queer politics, art, and ecology – the alien pleasures of plants give new contours to human experience.
Poétiques de l'émeute / The Poetics of Riot
Guest Editors, Justine Huppe and Julien Jeusette
Along with the recent increase in riots observed by sociologists, anthropologists, and historians in France and in the world, there is a fascination for this kind of protest in contemporary literature (David Dufresnes, Lola Lafon, Wilfried N’Sondé, Eric Vuillard…). How do authors deal with this elusive reality that the media often reduce to an irrational and violent crowd movement? To map contemporary riot poetics, this issue examines the riot as a literary phenomenon and describes its specific forms, its political stakes, and its models in the history of literature.
Send proposals in English or French (250-300 words) together with a short biography to Justine Huppe (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Julien Jeusette (email@example.com) by January 15, 2022. The deadline for completed articles (no more than 6,000 words, including notes) is July 15, 2022.