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.
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.
French and Beat Literatures: A History of Mutual Appropriation, Reception and Translation
Guest Editor, Véronique Lane
Constructing a dialogue between Anglo-American criticism and French scholarship, this issue embodies and explores the very biculturalism that so distinctively informed Beat writing, from its emergence in 1940s New York to its major authors’ sojourn at the so-called Beat Hotel in 1950s and 1960s Paris. Drawing on expertise from across Europe as well as from the United States, it combines archival, historical, intertextual, and theoretical approaches to demonstrate the material presence of Francophone literature within the works of known and lesser known Beat writers, as well as to reassess the reception and impact of Beat literature within French culture.