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‘When familiar meanings dissolve…’

Essays in French Studies in Memory of Malcolm Bowie


Edited By Naomi D. Segal and Gill Rye

This volume commemorates the work of Malcolm Bowie, who died in 2007. It includes selected papers drawn from the conference held in his memory at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London, in May 2008, inspired by his work in nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature. Malcolm Bowie was instrumental in shaping French studies in the United Kingdom into the interdisciplinary field it now is. The contributions to this collection are grouped around Bowie’s principal interests and specialisms: poetry, Proust, theory, visual art and music. The book is, however, more than a memorial to Malcolm Bowie’s work and legacy. In its inclusion of work by established and eminent members of the academic profession as well as new and emerging scholars, it is also a showcase for cutting-edge work in French studies in the United Kingdom and beyond.


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Acknowledgements This volume is drawn from the conference ‘When familiar meanings dis- solve…’, held in memory of Malcolm Bowie at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies (IGRS), University of London, on 16 and 17 May 2008, with a plenary lecture by Marina Warner at the Institut Français. We should like to thank Alison Finch, our co-organizer, and all those involved in the conference organization at the IGRS, particularly Flo Austin and Angela Fattibene, and at the Institut Français, especially Edwige Girardin. We are most grateful for the patience with which the contributors to this collection have responded to our editorial questions. We acknowledge with thanks permission from University of Michigan Press to republish part of the material in Marina Warner’s essay and from Éric Laurent to include the modified diagram in Philip Dravers’s essay. Thanks also go to the Bibliothèque Littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris, and to the Design and Artists Copyright Society, London, for permission to include the images in Marina Warner’s and Johanna Malt’s essays respectively. We should also like to thank Alison Finch and Christ’s College, Cambridge, for their support, without which this book would not have come to fruition. Above all, this volume conveys our appreciation of Malcolm Bowie, who contributed so much to French Studies, and to the IGRS. The man and his work continue to have an ef fect on all our lives. — Naomi Segal and Gill Rye Every ef fort has been made to trace copyright holders and to...

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