L'Esprit Créateur - Daniel A. Finch-Race/Julien Weber (eds)

The latest issue of the journal L'Esprit Créateur contains 10 essays that seek to broaden the horizons of the environmental humanities.

L’Esprit Créateur – Daniel A. Finch-Race/Julien Weber (eds)

Daniel A. Finch-Race/Julien Weber (eds)

L'Esprit Créateur

Volume 57, Issue 1 (2017)

– French Ecocriticism/L'écocritique française

The latest issue of the journal L'Esprit Créateur contains 10 essays that seek to broaden the horizons of the environmental humanities. The first issue of Volume 57, guest-edited by Daniel A. Finch-Race and Julien Weber, is now available online via Project MUSE.

Ecocriticism, which focuses on correspondences between environments and cultural outputs, largely concerns itself with British and North American nature writing. The journal issue, which builds on an ecopoetically themed issue of the journal Dix-Neuf produced by the same editorial duo in 2015, illustrates the richness of a growing field by exploring French and francophone materials that have received little attention in ecocritical terms. The 10 essays should interest researchers focused on animal studies, comparative literature, ecological thought, environmental matters, and francophone cultures.



Contributors include:

– Lucile Desblache, editor of an issue of L'Esprit Créateur about "Éco-littérature" in 2006

– Anne-Rachel Hermetet, director of the "ÉcoLitt" project at the Université d'Angers in 2014-16

– Anne Simon, director of the "Animots" project at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in 2010-14, and co-editor of an issue of L'Esprit Créateur about "Facing Animals/Face aux bêtes" in 2011

– Jessica Tanner, winner of the Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association's Lawrence R. Schehr Award in 2015



– Éditorial: L'écocritique française [Daniel A. Finch-Race/Julien Weber]

– Jules Verne, l'homme et la terre: Une lecture écocritique des Voyages extraordinaires[Lionel Dupuy]

– The Climate of Naturalism: Zola's Atmospheres [Jessica Tanner]

– L'inspiration naturelle chez Mallarmé dans "Las de l'amer repos" [Daniel A. Finch-Race]

– Fromentin on cactus grandiflora: The Aesthetics of Ecology in Une année dans le Sahel[Pauline de Tholozany]

– Vincent, Joseph, Paul et les autres: Voix et figures de paysans dans la fiction française contemporaine [Anne-Rachel Hermetet]

– Bernard Werber's Poetics of Ecological Reconstruction: "In Praise of Amnesia"? [Lucile Desblache]

– Du peuplement animal au naufrage de l'Arche: La littérature entre zoopoétique et zoopoéthique [Anne Simon]

– Composer avec les animaux dans Anima de Wajdi Mouawad [Julien Weber]

– At the Intersection of Ecocriticism and the Colonial Maghreb: Antoine Delesvaux and Joann Sfar's Le chat du rabbin [Laura Klein]

– Pas de côté dans l'écocritique francophone [Nathalie Blanc/Clara Breteau/Bertrand Guest]



L'Esprit Créateur has been edited by Daniel Brewer and Mária Minich Brewer since 2003, and is affiliated with the Department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota. Appearing quarterly, L'Esprit Créateur is published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Publishing research on all periods of French and Francophone literature and culture, from the medieval period to the twenty-first century, L'Esprit Créateur represents the major fields of the discipline of French and Francophone Studies.


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