Academic and Other Sites that Focus on French and Francophone Literatures
Website arising from L’Autofiction conference at Cérisy-la-Salle, July 2008.
Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir
Fondé en 1982 par Carole Roussopoulos, Delphine Seyrig et Ioana Wieder, le Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir a pour mission de recenser tous les documents audiovisuels sur les droits, les luttes, l'art et la création des femmes, de les faire connaître et de les distribuer.
Also includes recorded lectures at the Institut Emilie du Châtelet, including Françoise Héritier, Julia Kristeva, Nicole Pellegrin, and interviews filmed for Genrimages.
La Société Marguerite Duras
La Société Marguerite Duras, qui a été fondé en janvier 1997 et qui a bénéficié du soutien du service culturel de l’Ambassade de France à Londres, a pour but l’étude et la promotion de l’oeuvre de Marguerite Duras.
French Studies Library Web
Linked to the French Studies Library Group, which promotes the responsible collection and dissemination of French printed and electronic resources, in libraries and other associated institutions. The site includes a short-focused hyperlinked list of web ‘starting points’ for French and Francophone studies.
Groupe de Recherche sur l'Extrême Contemporain (GREC)
Based at the University of Bari. Coordinates research into contemporary French literature within its Language Faculty. Produces a monthly newsletter dealing with areas including literature, arts and music.
Limag (Littératures du Maghreb)
An extensive site focusing on Maghrebi writing. Highlights include a database of theses in this field, which can be reached via the hyperlink to CICLIM (Coordination Internationale des Chercheurs sur les Littératures Maghrébines). Calls for papers also feature.
Lire les femmes écrivains et les literatures africaines
Cinquante comptes-rendus d’ouvrages écrits par des romancières évoquant l’Afrique peuvent être consultés sur ce site.
Academic Sites with Resources Relating to French Women Authors
Littérature orale et écrit des îliens
Part of the Lehman College site/City University of New York (CUNY). Gives alphabetical index of ‘island’ writing. Provides a short biography and bibliography of primary and secondary works for each author and audio texts for some writers. Contemporary women writers featured include Suzanne Dracius
A Celebration of Women Writers
Part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Digital Library projects. Celebrates women’s writing and tries to bring texts by women authors back into the public domain, although tends to focus more on historical texts. Allows users to search by ‘Name, Date, Country, and Ethnicity Information’.
Selected Academic Journals
Please note this list is highly selective. Journals that have published articles in the field of contemporary women’s writing in French are prioritized, although some with a more canonical focus are included
Selected French Publishers
Fayard (Also gives access to information on Mille et une nuits and Pauvert)
See also French Book News, which provides an extensive list of French Publishers’ details, and
La République des Lettres for an exhaustive list with sometimes brief details
Other Specialist Imprints
A small emerging imprint, founded in 2002 on Martinique. Currently publishes two Martiniquaise women writers – Suzanne Dracius and Marie-Laure Larade. Site includes a limited events listing for readings and debates relating predominantly to Dracius’ texts.
Edizioni B.A. Graphis
Italian imprint. Publishers of Le goût de roman (2002) - a collection of critical reflections on contemporaneity in French literature, edited by Matteo Majorrano of GREC (Group de Recherche sur l’Extrême Contemporain). Includes analysis of the works of Nothomb, Kristof and Desbiolles among others. Further details of this text
Presse de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne (recent publications)
Currently free review copies of books can be requested online, in return for two copies of the review. Site languages English, French or German
Major Libraries, Institutions, Associations and Bibliographical Databases
Copac/Consortium of British Research Libraries (CURL)
Also gives access, via associated libraries to major databases such as the British Humanities Citation Index. Much information password-protected. Contact relevant library/Athens for password eligibility
Culturetheque is a new online platform launched by the Institut francais du Royaume-Uni, offering cultural and educational content in French throughout the UK: e-books - documentaries - contemporary novels - essays - audio books - archives - guide books - films - classics - podcasts - videos
See also Braintrack Index: French Universities for a comprehensive list of French University contact details
Magazines and Literary Communities Online
Cahiers de médiologie
Linked to Fayard and overseen by Régis Debray, this weekly magazine explores issues of cultural transmission
Calendar site for Francophone social science research
Online community for those researching literature. Includes information on conferences and calls for papers
Magazine about music, cinema and literature. Has published some interesting pieces on contemporary authors but now charges for full access to archived articles
La Matricules des anges
Literary magazine. A good source of extended book reviews and author interviews. Includes thoughtful pieces by experienced writers such as Thierry Guichard
Selected French Newspapers / Press Online
Please note that many now charge for access to archives
See Also: http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/france.htm for a more extensive list of hyperlinks to French newspapers
Bookshops with Online Ordering
Can source academic and out-of-print books as well as more popular texts
See Also: http://www.frenchculture.org/books/publishers/bookstores.html for a more extensive list of online booksellers
Gives a brief introduction to the major French literary prizes and allows for a detailed search of prizewinners 1998-2004