Two-Day Symposium

American Literature in France 1917-1967: 

the role of cultural intermediaries and mediators

 14-15 March 2019, Université de Rennes

 This two-day interdisciplinary symposium will look at how American literature was taken up into French culture over a fifty-year period bounded by two defining moments in French-US relations: 1917, when the US entered World War I, and 1967, when NATO troops withdrew from French soil.

The aim is, first, to identify people and institutions in France that acted as intermediaries and mediators for US literature over this period. The project will examine the range of their activities, such as setting up collections and corpora, and producing translations and publications, academic and critical studies, textual and audio-visual adaptations, as well as press surveys and reviews. The idea is also to look at the forms these various practices took—such as capitalization, selection, distortion, hybridization, censorship, rejection, or subversion. We will also seek to bring out the social, cultural, economic, and political relationships brought into play by these mediators, as well the images and perceptions of US literature they devised for the French public.

CFP Passeurs2019 EN 

 Advisory Board: 

Hélène Aji (Université Paris-Nanterre)

Laurence Cossu-Beaumont (Université de Paris 3)

Cécile Cottenet (Aix-Marseille Université)

Céline Mansanti (Université de Picardie-Jules Verne)

Anne Reynes-Delobel (Aix-Marseille Université)

Benoît Tadié (Université de Rennes 2)

Sophie Vallas (Aix-Marseille Université)

 Sponsors and Partners :

ACE EA 1796, Université Rennes 2

LERMA EA 853, Université Aix-Marseille

CREA EA 370, Université Paris Nanterre 

Institut des Amériques 

Université Bretagne Loire

Rennes Métropole 


Keynote speakers

Marc Chénetier

Dominique Jeannerod

Organizing Committee

Hélène Aji (Université Paris Nanterre)

Sylvie Bauer (Université de Rennes 2)

Anne Reynes-Delobel (Aix-Marseille Université)

Benoît Tadié (Université de Rennes 2)

Sponsors and Partners


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