Forthcoming Issues

2019 Winter

Translingual Writing in French and Francophone Literature

Guest Editors, Natalie Edwards and Christopher Hogarth

This special issue will explore ‘translingual’ writing by French and Francophone authors. It will focus on literary texts that incorporate other languages besides French. The editors call for articles that examine texts that destabilize our understanding of French literary history. How do such texts complicate the perceived monolingualism of the French canon and invite a reassessment of relations between French and other languages in the Francosphere? How do they reflect histories of intercultural exchange, postcolonial relations, and contemporary culture? How can translingualism be employed as a critical tool to build upon, nuance, and reframe current work in French studies?

In press

2020 Spring

Writing/Creating in the Feminine in Early Modern France

Guest Editors, Colette Winn and Anne Larsen

For this special issue, submissions are invited that reflect current developments in the field of early modern women’s studies. Articles may consider or reflect new critical approaches in assessing the historicity, contexts, poetics, and crafting of these early cultural productions, or the recovery of early women’s texts and creations.

In press

2020 Summer

Challenging Normative Spaces and Gazes: The Body in 20th- and 21st-Century Francophone Culture

Guest Editors, Polly Galis, Maria Tomlinson, and Antonia Wimbush

This issue examines the body in French and Francophone cultures within and beyond the metropole, with a broad temporal, national, ethnic, racial, gendered, and generic scope. Articles explore how the body can be deployed to challenge normative spaces and/or gazes, including fixed notions of identity, as well as heteronormative and patriarchal structures of representation and power. Articles focus on how the body is understood and presented in the twentieth and twenty-first century across multiple medias. The issue offers a far-reaching conceptualization of the body, inclusive of the queer, racialized, transnational, migrant, exiled, and posthuman body.

Abstracts in English or French of no more than 250 words, along with a short biography, should be submitted to Antonia Wimbush, Maria Tomlinson, and Polly Galis at imaginingthebody@gmail.com by January 15, 2019.

Fall 2020

Marie Darrieussecq, Extrême and contemporaine: From Invention, via Inventory, to Intervention

Guest Editor, Marie-Claire Barnet

This issue examines Marie Darrieussecq’s cross-disciplinary corpus of the last two decades using several theoretical frameworks and key critical issues: her rewriting of gender politics; her choices of fluid, hybrid genres bridging science and fiction; her use of psychoanalytical tools and their discontents; her artistic and social engagement in different media; and her inspiring poetics of translations and other migrations. Abstracts by December 1, 2019.

Winter 2020

Plant Studies / Études végétales

Guest Editors, Rachel Bouvet and Stephanie Posthumus

Bringing together recent work in plant studies and contemporary French and Francophone literature, this issue examines how plants are imagined and conceptualized in contemporary literature written in French. Moving beyond more traditional, metaphorical readings of plants, this issue considers how plants act as agents in literary texts, reasserting the role of literary studies within the environmental humanities.

Please send article proposals in English or French (300-400 words) together with a short biography to Rachel Bouvet (bouvet.rachel@uqam.ca) and Stephanie Posthumus (stephanie.posthumus@mcgill.ca) by September 1st, 2019. The deadline for completed articles (max. 6,000 words) is March 1st, 2020. For more information about the guest editors, please see their Imaginaire botanique research project website (https://imaginairebotanique.uqam.ca/.