Women in the World and Works of Marguerite de Navarre
Guest Editor, Judy Kem
This issue presents feminist and other current theoretical approaches to Marguerite de Navarre’s works, especially the Heptaméron. Articles demonstrate that Marguerite challenged contemporary social perceptions of women in the Renaissance World and established female authority in general and her own in particular. The issue adds substantially to our understanding of Marguerite as both writer and social historian. In her works, she clearly speaks as a woman and for women by questioning prevailing social perceptions, offering fresh perspectives on long-enduring misogynistic discourses, and giving voice to women’s varied experiences in sixteenth-century France.
Modernité du mythe, à partir de Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe / Myth and Modernity, after Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe
Guest Editor, Hannes Opelz
Although Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe (1940-2007) is now widely acknowledged to be among the most significant thinkers of his time, the broader implications of his work are only beginning to become manifest. Ten years after his death, this special issue proposes to reassess his ground-breaking contribution to Western thought and aesthetics, taking it as a starting point to explore the following questions: What is myth in the (post)modern age? To what extent does (post)modernity announce the return—if not the completion—of myth? How does Lacoue-Labarthe’s engagement with myth and representation help us understand the construction and effectuation of (post)modern identities? Articles will examine these and related questions by focusing on Lacoue-Labarthe’s writings on history, politics, art, and theatre.
Baudelaire and Other People
Guest Editors, Maria Scott and Alexandra Wettlaufer
One of the reasons why Baudelaire’s work remains such a key point of reference for art historians, cultural historians, urban studies specialists, and literary scholars is that it explores a phenomenon that continues to be a major preoccupation today, namely what it means to live in permanent proximity to other people. This special issue will take a fresh look at Baudelaire’s understanding and theorization of other people, at his understanding and theorization of aesthetic alterity as well as his real and virtual collaborations with other artists, and at how others have responded to Baudelaire’s work.
Femmes Créa(c)tives: Francophone Women’s Creativity in its Socio-Political Contexts
Guest Editors, Giada Alessandroni, Sandra Daroczi, and Gemma Edney
In a world where (post-)feminism is more and more visible, scholars around the world are increasingly focusing on the work of Francophone women, exploring the interaction between the concept of ‘agency’ and women as creative figures, and examining whether a femme créative is also, by extension, a femme active.
This collection of articles spans a period from the early 20th century to the extrême contemporain, covering a wide range of disciplines including literature, film, visual arts, and theory, in order to highlight the presence and impact of women across creative media, challenge their marginalization, and examine the impact of ‘women talking about women’ in different cultural forms.
Abstracts (250 words) by March 31, 2017, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Poetry’s Forms and Transformations
Guest Editors, Nina Parish and Emma Wagstaff
The poetic practice of the last twenty years in France takes multiple forms, often creating permeable interfaces with other art forms, practices, and genres, whose own limits are in turn challenged and expanded. This issue examines the connections between poetry and other disciplines and creative practices. It will not simply propose that poets engage with the work of other practitioners or that they respond to poetry written in other languages. Instead it argues that the relation between poetry and other creative practices produces new artistic forms rather than dialogue, and poetic objects emerge that are more than written texts inspired by other media.