EMMA a pour domaine de recherche la littérature, les arts, les langues et les cultures britanniques, américaines et du Commonwealth des XIX, XX et XXIè siècles.

 Pour le contrat 2015-2019, deux axes de recherche ont été retenus:

Descriptif axe « L’invention de l’autre »

Descriptif axe « Mises en relation »

Ces thématiques originales s’inscrivent dans la continuité du travail de l’équipe tout en permettant l’ouverture à des horizons nouveaux et la collaboration avec des chercheurs d’universités françaises et étrangères.

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A la Une!

Séminaire EMMA mercredi 19 octobre 2016
18h, salle 126, Saint-Charles

Conférence de Stephen Ross, professeur invité (Université Victoria B.C., Canada) :

“How Did Beckett Invent the Teenager?”


My paper argues that Samuel Beckett gives us the first depiction of a teenager in post-war British and Irish fiction, in his 1951 novel Molloy. I advance this claim in three stages. First, I outline the novel’s remarkably accurate realist portrayal of the post-war. Second, I illustrate how the novel articulates the tension between the war and the post-war in terms of a generational conflict. Finally, I identify Beckett’s invention of the teenager in young Jacques Moran. I read this invention as a means by which Beckett figures forth a future potentiality, breaking with the history that had culminated in the Holocaust.

 Stephen Ross is Professor of English and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought at the University of Victoria, Canada. He is the General Editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (2016), co-editor of The Modernist World (2015) as well as editions of Dorothy Richardson’s novels Pointed Roofs and The Tunnel (both 2014), editor of Modernism and Theory (2009), and author of Conrad and Empire (2004). He is Director of the Modernist Versions Project and of Linked Modernisms, both digital humanities approaches to the cultural heritage of aesthetic modernism. He is finally at work on a book on ghostmodernism, a work whose topic has haunted him for nearly twenty years now.



Séminaire EMMA mardi 8 novembre 2016
18h, salle 126, Saint-Charles

Conférence d’Alissa Trotz (Dr, Université de Toronto, Canada) :

Federation, Independence and Sovereignty: Moving to Live in the Caribbean


In a public lecture in what was then British Guiana in 1958, CLR James described how he saw Federation, as “the means and the only means whereby the West Indies and British Guiana can accomplish the transition from colonialism to national independence, can create the birth of a new nation; and by reorganizing the economic system and the national life, give us our place in the modern community of nations.” It would take thirty years, and the Grand Anse Declaration of 1989, for the Caribbean Community (the version of regional integration that would follow the failed Federation and its immediate successor CARIFTA) to begin to move towards freedom of movement, but in a context significantly different from the one that shaped James’ vision. This paper reflects on questions of territoriality, mobility and embodiment through the case brought before the Caribbean Court of Justice by Shanique Myrie, a Jamaican national who was deported from Barbados in 2011. It explores the shift from James’ vision in which Federation means national independence “or it will mean nothing” to the contemporary moment in which competing notions of regional and national sovereignty play themselves out amidst differentiated movements  that continue to be thwarted by practices of expulsion whose target is the very communities that stitch the region together in the midst of neoliberal violence.

Alissa Trotz is Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies, and Caribbean Studies at New College, University of Toronto. She is also Associate Faculty at the Dame Nita Barrow Institute of Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies (Barbados). Her research interests include the gendered politics of neoliberalism, social reproduction and women’s activism; and transnational migration and diaspora. Her current work explores history, memory and violence in colonial and contemporary Guyana. Her work has appeared in Atlantis; Social and Economic Studies; Race and Class; Small Axe: New West Indian Guide; Macomere; Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies; Global Networks.  Alissa is a member of Red Thread Women’s Organization, Guyana, and edits a weekly newspaper column, In the Diaspora, in the Stabroek News, Guyana.


CVE & Ebc

Les Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens et Etudes britanniques contemporaines ont été classés sur la liste ERIH +, classement européen.
(The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS) was created and developed by European researchers under the coordination of the Standing Committee for the Humanities (SCH) of the European Science Foundation (ESF).

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Dalit Literatures in India, ed. by Joshil K. Abraham and Judith Misrahi-Barak (Routledge, 2015) has been recommended by CHOICE, one of the most prestigious publications of Association of College and Research Libraries in the US.

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‘With this eclectic collection of critical essays, written from a range of positions and raising a variety of issues, it is clear that Dalit literature has come of age.’ ― Susie Tharu, Department of Cultural Studies, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad
‘The collection includes 21 well-written scholarly essays and a very useful selective bibliography of primary and secondary sources (books, journal articles, book chapters, and dissertations) on Dalit literature.  In their excellent introduction Abraham (Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha Univ., India) and Misrahi-Barak (Université Paul-Valéry, France) deal with the history and progress of Dalit literature in India.  The book is an excellent addition to world literature, and this reviewer looks forward to studies that examine the contributions of Dalits from all religions of India. Summing Up: Recommended.’  –  R. N. Sharma, CHOICE


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Publications récentes

L’Engagement / Commitment
Congrès de la SAES, Toulon, juin 2015

Ebc n°50, juin 2016



Ce numéro d’Études britanniques contemporaines est issu des travaux de l’atelier de la SEAC (Société d’Études Anglaises Contemporaines) / « La Nouvelle de langue anglaise » organisé dans le cadre du congrès de Toulon de la Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur qui s’est tenu en mai 2015. Une première partie du volume présente quatre contributions conçues dans le cadre d’un hommage-anniversaire, correpondant à la publication numéro 50 d’Études britanniques contemporaines.


Crossings – The South – Commitment
Traversées — Le Sud — L’engagement

CVE n°83, Printemps 2016


Le volume 83 des Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens est un numéro consacré essentiellement aux actes de trois colloques au cours desquels ont été sélectionnées les meilleures contributions. L’atelier de la SFEVE lors du 54e congrès de la SAES à Caen en mai 2014, sur le thème « Traversées », a fourni deux des articles. Le Colloque de la SFEVE à Perpignan en janvier 2015 sur le thème « Le Sud », organisé par Isabelle Cases, nous a permis de recueillir 6 articles et l’atelier de la SFEVE lors du 55e congrès de la SAES à Toulon en juin 2015 portant sur le thème de « l’engagement » a donné 5 articles. Vient s’ajouter à ces 13 contributions, un article complémentaire sur Eliza Cook. Nous vous en souhaitons bonne lecture.


Parade’s End de Ford Madox Ford : vers une esthétique de la crise

Edited by Isabelle Brasme
Collection « Horizons anglophones », série Present Perfect.
Sommaire Parade’s End de Ford Mardox Ford


Ford Madox Ford occupa une place majeure mais paradoxale au sein du modernisme. Les résistances à inscrire Ford dans le canon moderniste peuvent s’expliquer par la difficulté à réconcilier les contradictions de son œuvre et à en dégager un système esthétique stable. L’ambivalence se retrouve au cœur de sa tétralogie Parade’s End. La dialectique est irréconciliable entre la chimère d’un passé venant habiter le présent et la rupture dont cette chimère est le symptôme. Ce travail explore la tension entre hommage et dérision qui caractérise Parade’s End. La nostalgie d’une idéologie stable, d’un récit satisfaisant les attentes du lecteur et d’un sujet unifié est simultanément sublimée et tournée en dérision. Le texte témoigne d’une réticence à dénouer les apories qu’il génère. Cette mise en crise ne débouche donc pas sur l’élaboration d’un système alternatif ; elle ne débouche pourtant pas sur du vide, mais sur un système dont nous devinons les contours. Le texte est en perpétuel mouvement vers une esthétique qu’il suggère en creux. La dimension fondamentale de négativité imprime au texte un paradoxal dynamisme.


L’art de la traduction

Julie Sauvage et Adriana Serban
Collection « Essais sur l’art », Michel Houdiard publications, 2015
Sommaire Essais sur l’art 8

Couv Essais 8

La traduction fait partie intégrante de notre vie quotidienne, au point de susciter peu d’interrogations de la part du grand public. Elle se trouve aussi au coeur de la collection Essais sur l’art, qui vise à faire découvrir au lecteur francophone des essais d’écrivains et artistes de langue anglaise. En réunissant des textes portant sur la traduction même, ce volume tente de mettre en évidence certains de ses principes et de ses questionnements essentiels. Pour la première fois, il rend accessible au public francophone un aperçu de la réflexion menée par les auteurs anglo-américains sur la traduction, entre le début du XIXe et la fin du XXe siècle. D’Alexander Fraser Tytler et Matthew Arnold à Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward FitzGerald et I. A. Richards, en passant par Anthony Burgess, Vladimir Nabokov, W. H. Auden et John Glassco, des écrivains reconnus, souvent célèbres en tant que créateurs, s’interrogent sur la traduction ou considèrent leur propre expérience de traducteurs.
Qu’est-ce qu’une bonne traduction ? Quelle est l’autorité du traducteur, comment définir son rôle par rapport à l’auteur ? Quelle importance accorder au public ou au lecteur ? Est-ce lui qui motive la traduction, la retraduction ? La traduction peut-elle, voire doit-elle devenir une recréation ? Parfois enthousiastes, parfois méfiants ou réprobateurs, ces écrivains renouvellent des questions séculaires grâce à leur perspective d’artistes et montrent, souvent avec humour, en quoi la traduction peut être un art.


Ethics of Alterity, Confrontation and Responsibility in 19th- to 21st-Century British Arts

Edited by Jean-Michel Ganteau & Christine Reynier
Collection « Horizons anglophones », série Present Perfect.


Various art forms inscribe, program or perform the preference of relationship. In so doing, they put otherness high on their aesthetic agenda by caring about the cultural other, the other of gender, race, class or history. Such art forms from different periods promote a mode of sensibility to the other, whether the foreign or the invisible, or both, in their various manifestations. Sensibility to otherness is envisaged through the means of strident or humble art-forms and aesthetic choices, from the overtly experimental, to subdued adaptation. In confronting and welcoming the other art object, the other culture, or the othered citizen, art objects to the tyranny of the same and promotes such values as attentiveness, responsiveness and responsibility to forms of otherness, i.e. to the ways in which art cares about, or even takes care of the other. This implies the practice of an ethic of alterity (as distinct from the formulation of general rules) that is accountable for making the spectator or listener pay attention to social, economic and cultural invisibilities. Such an ethic of alterity joins hands with the political and may help chart the evolution of the objects and forms of engagement from the Victorian period to the present.



Virginie Iché
Préface de Jean-Jacques Lecercle



Un ouvrage à découvrir à l’occasion du Salon du Livre et de la Presse Jeunesse qui met à l’honneur ces œuvres de Lewis Carroll (du 2 au 7 décembre à Montreuil)

L’analyse des jeux et jouets, jeux de mots et de langage, jeux narratifs et intertextuels, que propose Virginie Iché met en évidence la tension fondatrice entre liberté et règles qui caractérise les Alice, et, au-delà, le processus de subjectivation qui traverse ces œuvres. Cet ouvrage vient aussi expliquer l’étonnante plasticité de l’œuvre carrollienne, sa vivacité et sa capacité à susciter toujours plus d’interprétations-interpellations 150 ans après sa première publication.



Patti Smith.
Claude Chastagner
Année de publication: 2015.
Sommaire Patti Smith

« Outside. Outside of society. That’s where I want to be. If you’re looking, that’s where you’ll find me.” This is what Patti Smith sang back in 1978. Where is she in 2015? With all the fame and recognition. With thirteen original albums released, her poetry regularly reprinted, her paintings and photographs on show in galleries around the world, an induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a National Book Award for her first prose work, Just Kids. Is she still outside? Is she still the iconic, rebellious, rock’n’roll figure of her youth? Patti Smith has lived a rock’n’roll life, a life of words and sounds, of poetry and images. She has slept on doorsteps, on park benches. But perhaps she never meant to be outside. Perhaps she did not want to be a rebel. Perhaps being outside is only a price she had to pay.

These are the issues addressed in this collection of essays, not from a historical or sociological angle, but through her artistry. An attempt at locating Patti Smith by assessing her trajectory, her complex, unpredictable moves. “Oh I just move in another dimension,” she sings on “Ain’t It Strange”, before inviting us to come and join her. We have tried and followed her.


Troubled Legacies
Heritage/Inheritance in American Minority Literatures

Editor(s): Michel Feith, Claudine Raynaud
2015, Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Book Description

What is being passed on? The questions of heritage and inheritance are crucial to American minority literatures. Some inheritances are claimed; some are imposed and become stifling; others still are impossible, like the memories of oppression or alienation. Heritage is not only patrimony, however; it is also a process in a state of constant reconfiguration. The body – its semiotics, its genealogy, its pressure points – figures prominently as inevitable referent for the minority racial/ethnic subject, the performance, and the writing of difference.

This collection of essays analyzes contemporary novels from major African American writers, such as Gayl Jones, Phyllis Alesia Perry, Percival Everett, John Edgar Wideman, and Colson Whitehead, and ethnic American novelists like Jeffrey Eugenides, Philip Roth, Gish Jen, and Sergio Troncoso. It also includes the study of a painting by African American artist Robert Colescott. The first section of the book examines the inscription of African American writers’ relation to the nation’s past: the trauma of slavery, the burden of foundational discourses, or the legacy of the classical philosophical canon. The second part of the text is an assessment of the postmodern aesthetics of contemporary black fiction in the construction of history, unveiling the modalities of the palimpsest, fragmentation, interread more


Editor(s): Maylis Rospide, Sandrine Sorlin
2015, Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Couverture Rospide Sorlin 2015

Book Description

This volume focuses on language and ethics in literary genres, such as dystopia, science fiction, and fantasy, which depict encounters with alterity. Indeed, so-called ‘genre literature’ embodies a heuristic model that dramatizes and exacerbates these encounters by featuring exotic, subhuman or post-human beings defying human knowledge, elements particularly prevalent in science fiction and fantasy. These genres have often been regarded as an entertaining or escapist field that does not lend itself to ethical and poetical reflections, limiting its scope to a hollow and servile repetition of genre codes. This volume shows unequivocally that the field does lend itself to such reflections.

The contributors to this book highlight genre literature’s defamiliarising power, through which things can be “seen”. In meta-conceptualising the relationship between language and reality, it problematises and enhances this relation by making it more easily perceivable. Rather than contenting itself with merely questioning the mechanism of estrangement, the book shows that genre literature explores the confines of readability and the boundary between the readerly and the writerly. In their desire to represent the Other in all its complexity, writers are indeed confronted with an ethical and poetical aporia: how can what escapes humanity be described in humaread more


Edited by Joshil K. Abraham, Judith Misrahi-Barak
© 2016 – Routledge India



‘With this eclectic collection of critical essays, written from a range of positions and raising a variety of issues, it is clear that Dalit literature has come of age.’ — Susie Tharu, Department of Cultural Studies, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad

About the Book

This book breaks new ground in the study of Dalit Literature, including in its corpus, a range of genres such as novels, autobiographies, pamphlets, poetry, short stories as well as graphic novels. With contributions from major scholars in the field, it critically examines Dalit literary theory and initiates a dialogue between Dalit writing and Western literary theory.


Friedrich Schleiermacher and the Question of Translation

Ed. by Cercel, Larisa / Serban, Adriana
Walter De Gruyter, 2015


Aims and Scope

The aim of this volume is to assess Friedrich Schleiermacher’s contribution to the theory of translation two centuries after his address “On the Different Methods of Translating” at the Academy of Sciences in Berlin, and to explore its potential for generating future innovative work. For the first time this classic text forms the object of a focused, interdisciplinary approach. Scholars of philosophy and translation, working in English, French and German, provide a close reading of Schleiermacher’s lecture and combine their efforts in order to highlight the fundamental role translation plays in his hermeneutic thinking and the importance of hermeneutics for his theorisation of translation, within the historical and literary context of Romanticism. The various contributions revisit key concepts in Schleiermacher’s thought, in particular the famous metaphor of movement; examine the relation between his theoretical writings and his practice as translator of Plato, unearthing some of their philosophical and linguistic implications; discuss Schleiermacher’s reception in Germany and abroad; and assess the relevance of his ideas in the beginning of the 21st century as well as their potential to inspire further research in translation and interpreting.


By Jean-Michel Ganteau
© 2015 – Routledge


About the Book

This book visits vulnerability in contemporary British fiction, considering vulnerability in its relation to poetics, politics, ethics, and trauma. Vulnerability and risk have become central issues in contemporary culture, and artistic productions have increasingly made it their responsibility to evoke various types of vulnerabilities, from individual fragilities to economic and political forms of precariousness and dispossession. Informed by trauma studies and the ethics of literature, this book addresses such issues by focusing on the literary evocations of vulnerability and analyzing various aspects of vulnerable form as represented and performed in British narratives, from contemporary classics by Peter Ackroyd, Pat Barker, Anne Enright, Ian McEwan, and Jeanette Winterson, to less canonical texts by Nina Allan, Jon McGregor, and N. Royle. Chapters on romance, elegy, the ghost story, and the state-of-the-nation novel draw on a variety of theoretical approaches from the fields of trauma studies, affect theory, the ethics of alterity, the ethics of care, and the ethics of vulnerability, among others. Showcasing how the contemporary novel is the privileged site of the expression and performance of vulnerability and vulnerable form, the volume broaches a poetics of vulnerability based on categories such as testimony, loss, unknowing, temporal disarray, and performance. On top of providing a book-length evocation of contemporary fictions of vulnerability and vulnerable form, this volume contributes significantly to considerations of the importance of Trauma Studies to Contemporary Literature.


Horizons anglophones – Present Perfect


Politics and the Bible in D.H. Lawrence’s Leadership novels
Edited by Shirley Bricout
Collection « Horizons anglophones », série Present Perfect. PULM
Sommaire Politics and the Bible (S. Bricout)


Horizons anglophones – PoCoPages

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Aliénation et réinvention dans l’oeuvre de Jamaica Kincaid
Nadia Yassine-Diab
Sommaire Aliénation et réinvention
Année de publication: 2014.


Measuring L2 Proficiency

Couverture measuring L2 proficiency


Presentation measuring L2 proficiency

Measuring L2 Proficiency: Perspectives from SLA.
Edited by Pascale Leclercq, Amanda Edmonds and Heather Hilton
Multilingual Matters Publisher.


Horizons anglophones – PoCoPages


Diasporas, Cultures of Mobilities, ‘Race’
1. Diasporas and Cultures of Migrations
Judith Misrahi-Barak, Claudine Raynaud
Collection « PoCoPages », PULM

Horizons anglophones – Present Perfect


Contemporary Woolf / Woolf contemporaine
Edited by Claire Davison-Pégon & Anne-Marie Smith-Di Biasio
Collection « Horizons anglophones », série Present Perfect. PULM

Les Médiateurs de la Méditerranée


Christine Reynier, Marie-Eve Thérenty (dir.), Éditions Geuthner – MSH-M, 2013

Présentation de l’ouvrage sur le site de la MSH-Montpellier

Table des matières


Essais sur l’art VI La renaissance de Harlem et l’art nègre

Couverture Essais 6
Claudine Raynaud ed. Collection Essais sur l’art, Michel Houdiard publications, 2013.


Aesthetic Lives:‘New experiences, new subjects of poetry, new forms of art’
Edited by Bénédicte Coste and Catherine Delyfer

Aesthetic lives cover


Horizons anglophones – Politiques et sociétés


Identité et diversité: créations, discours, représentations
Anne-Marie Motard
(Montpellier: PULM, 2013).

Présentation Identité et diversité

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