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French Ecocriticism

From the Early Modern Period to the Twenty-First Century


Edited By Daniel A. Finch-Race and Stephanie Posthumus

This book expounds fruitful ways of analysing matters of ecology, environments, nature, and the non-human world in a broad spectrum of material in French. Scholars from Canada, France, Great Britain, Spain, and the United States examine the work of writers and thinkers including Michel de Montaigne, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, Arthur Rimbaud, Marguerite Yourcenar, Gilbert Simondon, Michel Serres, Michel Houellebecq, and Éric Chevillard. The diverse approaches in the volume signal a common desire to bring together form and content, politics and aesthetics, theory and practice, under the aegis of the environmental humanities.

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ANAÏS BOULARD holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the Université d’Angers, at which she teaches classes on French grammar and Comparative Literature. Her work focusses on images of destruction, pollution and catastrophes in the Anthropocene in contemporary French and North American fiction. She is a member of ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment), EASLCE (European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment) and the ÉcoLitt research programme (Université d’Angers), which explores interactions between literature and environments in non-anglophone literature.

HANNES DE VRIESE holds a PhD in French Literature (Université de Toulouse – Jean Jaurès; Universiteit Gent), and teaches at the Université de Toulouse. His research interests include ecocriticism, ecopoetics, literary geography, and the notion of the landscape in contemporary Caribbean and European literature. He has published several articles and book chapters on Claude Simon, Patrick Chamoiseau, Daniel Maximin, and Jean-Loup Trassard.

DAVID EVANS is Reader in French at the University of St Andrews. He works on nineteenth-century poetry, and is the author of Rhythm, Illusion and the Poetic Idea (Rodopi, 2004) and Théodore de Banville (Legenda, 2014). With Kate Griffiths, he co-edited Pleasure and Pain in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Culture (Rodopi, 2008) and Institutions and Power in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Culture (Rodopi, 2011).

DANIEL FINCH-RACE, having taught French and Italian at the University of Cambridge in addition to completing his PhD at Trinity College (2012–15), is Teaching Fellow in French...

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