Essays in French Literature, Thought and Visual Culture

by Georgina Evans (Volume editor) Adam Kay (Volume editor)
Conference proceedings VIII, 240 Pages
Series: Modern French Identities, Volume 69


This collection of essays arises from the 2005 Cambridge French Graduate Conference on the theme of threat. From the baleful and ubiquitous eyes of surveillance cameras to the ever-present possibility of total nuclear annihilation, threat is everywhere around us. Yet the phenomenon itself, if indeed it is a single phenomenon, has received little attention. This volume seeks to remedy this oversight with a collection of concise, hard-hitting essays on a variety of topics in French culture. Organized around central approaches to the problem of threat – (inter)cultural, philosophical, and approaches through the visual arts – the book examines anxiety, privacy, loss, invasion, and other issues related to the theme. Though emphasis is placed on the contemporary period, writers of the French Renaissance also receive due attention.


VIII, 240
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2011 (January)
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. VIII, 240 pp.

Biographical notes

Georgina Evans (Volume editor) Adam Kay (Volume editor)

The Editors: Georgina Evans is a College Lecturer and Director of Studies in French at St John’s College, Cambridge, with particular interests in cinema, synaesthesia and questions of domesticity. Adam Kay recently completed a doctorate at the University of Cambridge, where he worked on the influence of Greek erotic poetry on Renaissance Europe.


Title: Threat