Mediating Literature

Mediating Literature
23 March 2018, 9.00am - 6.00pm
The Court Room, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

What has happened to French literature over the last 40 years? The first study day of the AHRC Literature under Constraint project looks at shifts in the creative and publishing landscapes in France and francophone countries from 1980 to the present day. We’ll be studying the role of intermediaries (agents, publishers, distributors, journalists) on the production of literature and we'll examine how the emergence of digital landscapes has been a game-changer and think about what literature means in the 21st Century.


09:15 Welcome and opening of study day by Dominic Glynn (IMLR) & Sébastien Lemerle (Paris-Nanterre)

09:30 Gisèle Sapiro (CNRS); ‘The writing profession in France in the globalization era:changes and continuities’
10:45 Alexandre Gefen (CNRS); ‘L’idée de littérature au XXIe siècle’
11:30 Erika Fülöp (Lancaster); ‘Caught in the Web: Authors facing the social media’

12:45 Lunch

13:30 Claire Ducournau (Montpellier); ‘Des négociations invisibles aux écrivain-e-s visibles. Édition, production et forme de la littérature africaine de langue française depuis les années 1980’
14:45 Subha Xavier (Emory); ‘Translation as Mediation: Sino-French Literature between France and China’
16:00 Alain Farah (McGill); ‘C’est POL qui m’a fait ça’

17:15 Round table; Alexandru Matei (Constanta) & Simon Kemp (Oxford)

Vin d’honneur at 18.00

Moderators: Jean-Michel Gouvard (Bordeaux), Stephanie Obermeier (Kent), Claire Squires (Stirling), Pierre-Philippe Fraiture (Warwick), Anna-Louise Milne (ULIP), Jeff Barda (Cambridge)


Further information / Bibliography

Supported by the Cassal Endowment Fund and part of the AHRC research network 'Literature under Constraint'

 All are welcome to attend this free event. Places are limited so please register in advance 


Jenny Stubbs
020 7862 8738