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Écrire les blessures de l’enfance

Inscription du trauma dans la littérature contemporaine au féminin

Valérie Dusaillant-Fernandes

À la croisée de la littérature, de l’analyse du discours, de la psychanalyse, de la psychologie et des théories sur le trauma, Écrire les Blessures de l’enfance. Inscription du trauma dans la littérature contemporaine au féminin explore en détail l’inscription textuelle des traumas de l’enfance à travers l’étude d’œuvres autobiographiques et autofictionnelles d’auteures reconnues telles que Chantal Chawaf, Chloé Delaume, Marguerite Duras, Marie Nimier aux côtés de nouvelles voix comme Béatrice de Jurquet et Colette Mainguy. Vers quelles stratégies textuelles et quels procédés littéraires se tourner pour témoigner de la nature obsessionnelle du trauma? Le passage à l’écriture et à la remémoration des souvenirs permet-il à l’écrivaine de sortir de l’impasse mentale causée par l’événement traumatique? Cet ouvrage examine différentes représentations du trauma et propose de nouvelles perspectives ainsi que des réponses et des réflexions sur cet aspect de l’écriture des femmes qui s'avère être un espace propice pour révéler des histoires de honte, de culpabilité et de violence.

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European Vistas

History, Ethics and Identity in the Works of Claudio Magris

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Remko Smid

Claudio Magris is one of Italy’s – and Europe’s – most renowned thinkers and writers. He is considered an authority on central European literature and culture and is frequently interviewed about his hometown Trieste, the region called Mitteleuropa and the European Union. But what makes Magris such a relevant figure on the European literary scene?

European Vistas aims to answer this question by analysing the three most central elements in Magris’ novels – history, ethics and identity – in relation to contemporary Europe. His choice of particular histories are considered in terms of the ethical ideas and values that motivate him as well as the relevance of these stories for Europe. The book also explores Magris’ understanding and narration of identity and its potential for a transnational mode of identification, specifically within the European context. Ultimately, the author demonstrates why Magris’ ideas about history, ethics and identity are fundamental for Europe’s future.

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Edited by Loula Abd-elrazak and Valérie Dusaillant-Fernandes

Non nova, sed nove, ce proverbe latin, qui signifie « pas du nouveau, mais de nouveau », invite à voir la répétition comme une finalité à part entière. La vie est elle-même une perpétuelle répétition. Paradoxalement, la seule expérience qui n’a aucune chance de se répéter, c’est la mort. Est-ce dire que la répétition est partie prenante de la vie et, par ricochet, de l’imaginaire ? Mais quelles sont les modalités de la répétition dans les textes littéraires ? En tant que procédé de création, de quelles manières la répétition fonctionne-t-elle ? Quelle est l’intentionnalité de la répétition ? Cet ouvrage collectif comprend seize études qui explorent ces questionnements en proposant des analyses interdisciplinaires, longtemps attendues, de la répétition sur quatre périodes de l'histoire: le Moyen Âge, l’Ancien Régime, les époques moderne et contemporaine. Cette approche diachronique permet d’explorer les constances stylistiques, les variations, les reprises et les innovations. Les différentes perspectives des auteurs, guidées par leurs domaines d’expertise respectifs, créent une synergie qui stimule la réflexion autour de la notion de la répétition dans les textes français et francophones.

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Edited by María E. Osorio Soto and Juan Fernando Taborda Sánchez

Literatura, diálogos y redes trasatlánticas aspira a contribuir a la comprensión de los fenómenos literarios hispanoamericanos desde perspectivas interdisciplinares y transdisciplinares que, a su vez, aporten lecturas e interpretaciones dialógicas y en las que converjan otras manifestaciones artísticas, sociales y culturales, pero estudiadas a partir de los diálogos y de las redes de conocimiento que han nutrido la producción literaria en el mundo hispanoamericano. Los autores partimos de la existencia de un diálogo trasatlántico, trasnacional y transdisciplinar, el cual permite vislumbrar un sistema de red intelectual que ha existido entre los escritores hispanoamericanos desde Cervantes y que se ha proyectado con el paso del tiempo al campo de las disciplinas literarias y artísticas.

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México Noir

Rethinking the Dark in Contemporary Writing and Visual Culture

Erica Segre

These essays by critics, theorists and artists explore the allusive nexus of the dark in contemporary Mexican literature and visual culture. They chart the poetics of ‘negrura-oscuridad’ in creative media during decades of deepening crisis marked by the high-profile staging of atrocities, the re-emergence of an ironic noir aesthetic and the consolidation of forensically inspired art-making.

In the wake of Walter Benjamin’s ‘unfinished’ thinking structures, this volume operates through contiguous directions, transitions and regressions, incorporating images as part of the discussion of a ruinous visuality. Its polycentric mesh covers a wide range of art, writing, photography and film: from ritual uses of the ‘darksome’ and its legacies in pre-Hispanic cultures to colonial religious iconography of penitential blindness; from narco-noir in the novels of Roberto Bolaño and Yuri Herrera to techno-noir in dystopian border films; from the quotidian taxonomy of horror expurgated in art practice to the haunted ‘other darkness’ of the photographic blink. It also explores how we can contest the threat of dark ecology and ‘horrorism’ through sense expansion within new media and by positing fruitful blind spots in text and art.

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Edited by Domenica Elisa Cicala and Fausto De Michele

A più di 150 anni dalla nascita, Luigi Pirandello resta un autore dall’attualità sorprendente. La sua modernità affonda le radici nella memoria culturale, a cui il premio Nobel appartiene con la sua opera che abbraccia tutti i generi della letteratura, dalla narrativa al teatro, ma che è anche presente nei mass media: cinema, radio e televisione. Questa miscellanea raccoglie i contributi di diversi studiosi europei e presenta i risultati delle più recenti ricerche dall’attuale prospettiva degli studi culturali, con approcci critici focalizzati su teoria e critica della letteratura, teatro dei miti, letterature comparate, teorie femministe, narrated community e intermedialità. Il comune denominatore dei contributi e delle metodologie di ricerca applicate si trova nelle diverse declinazioni dei concetti culturali di memoria, rappresentazione e immagine.

Il volume è arricchito da un atto unico inedito di Paolo Puppa che mette in scena il rapporto tormentato tra Luigi e Stefano Pirandello.

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Edited by Claudia Aburto Guzmán

Esta antología poética tiene dos propósitos dinámicos: presentarle a los lectores hispano-hablantes poetas recientes que escriben en inglés desde su experiencia de mujeres y que interactúan con la historia y las estructuras sociales de los lugares donde habitan; y facilitar a los departamentos que imparten cursos en español la inclusión de poetas en diálogo con la ascendencia hispano-hablante en los Estados Unidos. La Introducción comenta críticamente selectas corrientes latentes a modo de contextualizar el horizonte poético latino-estadounidense. A su vez, expone a grandes rasgos la cambiante nomenclatura con la cual se identifica o por medio del cual se cuestiona la oclusión de la presencia histórica de los ascendientes hispano-hablantes en los Estados Unidos. La Introducción también traza las influencias académicas que influyeron la concepción de este proyecto e influyen el acto de traducción. Examina la importancia de lugar, lugar de enunciación, el poema como pausa y como presencia. Por último, la antología tiene un elemento pedagógico que por medio de las notas al pie de la página los estudiantes de traducción literaria pueden seguir las elecciones de la traductora, las dudas y el proceso de decisiones.
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Women Writing War

The Life-writing of the Algerian «moudjahidate»

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Caroline E. Kelley

Women Writing War focuses on the life-writing of the moudjahidate, the women veterans of the Algerian war of independence (1954–1962). The author offers close readings of memoir, testimonial, poetry and drama by Jacqueline Guerroudj, Louisette Ighilahriz, Anna Gréki, Zhor Zerari and Myriam Ben, all of whom are documented moudjahidate and self-identify as Algerian. Reading their life-writing through the prism of theories of intertextuality, ‘minor’ literature and the dialectics of memory and trauma, the author explores the relationship between writing, resistance and political action. Since they compose their work in the first-person voice in the context of the Algerian war, this book argues that their writing operates collectively as a form of counterdiscourse, opening up a textual space where experiences that were previously silenced or marginalized might be expressed.
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#NousSommes

Collectivity and the Digital in French Thought and Culture

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Edited by Susie Cronin, Sofia Ropek Hewson and Cillian Ó Fathaigh

The relation between the digital and the collective has become an urgent contemporary question. These collected essays explore the implications of this relation, around the theme of #NousSommes. This hashtag marks the point where the «personal» modalities of social media have become embroiled in collective expressions of unity, solidarity and resistance. As this volume demonstrates, the impact of this cannot be isolated to the internet, but affect philosophy, literature, cinema, politics and the public space itself. The contributors approach the issue of #NousSommes from a diverse range of disciplines and methodologies, bringing out both the continuity and discontinuity with other forms of collective expression. Important contemporary philosophers such as Nancy, Derrida and Deleuze are engaged here, as are issues of ecology, community, automation, postcolonial identity and addiction. Featuring eight academic essays and an interview, this volume testifies to the importance of French philosophy and culture in understanding the digital and the collective today.