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Wellesley College

Bravo to Hélène Bilis for several recent accomplishments and new undertakings:

1. Her book -- Passing Judgment: The Politics and Poetics of Sovereignty in French Tragedy from Hardy to Racine  --  is forthcomingwith University of Toronto Press in January 2016.

2. Hélène received an Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts College (AALAC) Mellon Grant for a workshop entitled, “Blended Learning Approaches to Teaching Early Modern France in a Liberal Arts Context," in coordination with Hélène Visentin, David Harrison, Thomas Parker, and Jean-Vincent Blanchard. The workshop is scheduled for October 2015.

3. Hélène has been appointed editor of medieval to 17th-century France literary studies for the H-France Forum.



2 years 2 weeks ago
The University of Georgia

Congratulations to Francis Assaf for his recent publications.

Book chapters:

"Première journée : voir, dire et savoir". Un Autre dix-septième siècle : mélanges en l’honneur de Jean Serroy. Patis : Champion, 2014. pp. 41-51.

"La Mort de Louis XIV commémorée par les premier Bourbon d'Espagne, Madrid 1716"
Les Funérailles princières en Europe XVIe-XVIIIe siècle 3. Le deuil, la mémoire, la politique
Presses Universitaires de Rennes/Centre de recherches du château de Versailles, 2015.  pp. 259-267.


“Abraham de Vermeil, poète maniériste.” Maniérisme et literature (Didier, Souiller, ed.), Series “Comparaisons”. Paris: Orizons, 2013 (ISBN: 978-2-296-08850-4): 219-236.

“Les Paratextes du Francion, ou la mise en fiction de l’écriture.” PFSCL XLI, 81, 2014 : 302-314.

“Les Horreurs du Grand Siècle : un échantillonnage du crime sous les deux premiers Bourbons. Rivista di Letterature Moderne e Comparate, Vol. LXVII, Fasc. 2, aprile-giugno 2015, pp. 119-138.

"La pompe funèbre de Louis XIV à Madrid, 1716 : image et fascination du pouvoir royal." In Fascination des images, images de la fascination. Paris : Presses de l’université de Paris-III Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2015.

"Les Derniers jours de Louis XIII : chronique d’une mort annoncée." PFSCL XLII (2015) : pp. 253-262.



2 years 2 weeks ago
Brigham Young University

Congratulations to Michael Call for his new book, The Would-Be Author: Molière and the Comedy of Print, recently published with Purdue UP. Please see the description below :

Book Description

This book is the first full-length study to examine Molière’s evolving (and at times contradictory) authorial strategies, as evidenced both by his portrayal of authors and publication within the plays and by his own interactions with the seventeenth-century Parisian publishing industry. Historians of the book have described the time period that coincides with Molière’s theatrical activity as centrally important to the development of authors’ rights and to the professionalization of the literary field. A seventeenth-century author, however, was not so much born as negotiated through often acrimonious relations in a world of new and dizzying possibilities.

The learning curve was at times steep and unpleasant, as Molière discovered when his first Parisian play was stolen by a rogue publisher. Nevertheless, the dramatist proved to be a quick learner; from his first published play in 1660 until his death in 1673, Molière changed from a reluctant and victimized author to an innovator (or, according to his enemies, even a swindler) who aggressively secured the rights to his plays, stealing them back when necessary. Through such shrewdness, he acquired for himself publication privileges and conditions relatively unknown in an era before copyright.

As Molière himself wrote, making people laugh was “une étrange entreprise” (La Critique de L’École des femmes, 1663). To an even greater degree, comedic authorship for the playwright was a constant work in progress, and in this sense, “Molière,” the stage name that became a pen name, represents the most carefully elaborated of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin’s invented characters.

ISBN : 9781612493855



2 years 1 week ago
CSU Long Beach

Please join me in congratulating Steve Fleck on his new promotion ... to retired!

Steve Fleck promoted himself to retired status at CSU Long Beach and has moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Notwithstanding these shifts of status and venue, his article "Speaking Folly to Power: Molière's Moebius Saraband" was published in PFSCL and he looks forward to seeing his second book on Molière, to be published with Biblio 17, in print in the very near future. 

2 years 2 weeks ago
Berry College

Congratulations to Vincent Grégoire, whose article « Emploi d’ ‘objets magiques’ et prédiction de phénomènes célestes dans les Relations des jésuites : une stratégie originale de conversion en Nouvelle-France au dix-septième siècle », will appear in 2016 in the Cahiers du XVIIème: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

2 years 2 weeks ago
UNC at Chapel Hill & Duke University

Please join me in congratulating Michèle Longino and Ellen Welch for the publication of selected essays from the 2014 NASSCFL Conference with Biblio 17.

Networks, Interconnection, Connectivity : Selected Essays from the 44th North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature Conference, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & Duke University, edited by Ellen R. Welch and Michèle Longino. ISBN : 978-3-8233-6970-7


Table des matières

Ellen R. Welch & Michèle Longino, Introduction

Hélène Merlin-Kajman, “Corneille : ronge-maille ou nœud public”

Nina Ekstein, “With What Arms Do We Fight? Possible Worlds and the Network of Characters in Corneille’s Nicomède

Denis Grélé, “Crispin rival de son maître (1707): vers un nouveau système des pratiques d’échange”

Christine McCall Probes, “Un réseau d’amitié, de plaisir et de nouvelles: quelques aspects de la correspondance volumineuse d’Élisabeth-Charlotte de Bavière, princesse Palantine, duchesse d’Orléans”

Malina Stefanovska, “La circulation des mots d’esprit dans la société du XVIIe siècle”

Ullrich Langer & Anne Theobald, “Moral Admonishment, Amorous Conflict: How to Avoid Severing the Connection”

Micah True, “From Quebec to Paris and Back: The Jesuit Relations and a Decentered Reading of France”

Catherine Broué, “L’exploration de la Louisiane au XVIIe siècle: un réseau d’influence”

Ashley Williard, “Islands of Enclosure and Exclusion: Representations of Débauchées in the French Caribbean, c. 1660-1700”

Faith E. Beasley, “Creative Conversations: Salon Culture and François Bernier”

Stephanie O’Hara, “Failures of Transmission in the Translation of Early Modern French Obstetrical Knowledge”

Agnès Cousson, “Deux réseaux du Grand Siècle: Port-Royal et la Compagnie de Jésus”

Katherine Dauge-Roth, “Shooting the Moon: Women Astronomers in Early Modern France”

Sara E. Melzer, “The Roman Universalism of French Schools : Re-Thinking France’s Connection to Classical Antiquity”

Benjamin Balak & Charlotte Trinquet du Lys, “A Twenty-First-Century Gamified Pedagogy to Teach the Social Networks of the Seventeenth Century at the Intersection of Intellectual Culture and Political Economics”


2 years 2 weeks ago

With thanks to Leanna Bridge Rezvani for reminding me of her pedagogical website on teaching La Princesse de Clèves, to which she has made additions since speaking about the resource at last year's SE-17 conference.

You can access the site via the following URL:


2 years 2 weeks ago
University of Iowa

Congratulations to Russell Ganim for the publication of a recent piece in Dalhousie French Studies :

“Criminality, Performance, and the Search for Paradise: The Appropriation of Othello in Les Enfants du Paradis.” Dalhousie French Studies 102 (Summer 2014). pp. 9-24.

2 years 2 weeks ago
Duke University

Bravo to Michèle Longino for the publication of her most recent book, French Travel Writing in the Ottoman Empire: Marseille-Constantinople (1650-1700), which came out with Routledge Press in March 2015. A description of the book is copied below:                      

French Travel Writing in the Ottoman Empire: Marseille - Constantinople (1650-1700)

Examining the history of the French experience of the Ottoman world and Turkey, this comparative study visits the accounts of early modern travelers for the insights they bring to the field of travel writing. The journals of contemporaries Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, Jean Thévenot, Laurent D’Arvieux, Guillaume-Joseph Grelot, Jean Chardin, and Antoine Galland reveal a rich corpus of political, social, and cultural elements relating to the Ottoman Empire at the time, enabling an appreciation of the diverse shapes that travel narratives can take at a distinct historical juncture. Longino examines how these writers construct themselves as authors, characters, and individuals in keeping with the central human project of individuation in the early modern era, also marking the differences that define each of these travelers – the shopper, the envoy, the voyeur, the arriviste, the ethnographer, the merchant. She shows how these narratives complicate and alter political and cultural paradigms in the fields of Mediterranean studies, 17th-century French studies, and cultural studies, arguing for their importance in the canon of early modern narrative forms, and specifically travel writing. The first study to examine these travel journals and writers together, this book will be of interest to a range of scholars covering travel writing, French literature, and history.

Routledge – 2015 – 180 pages

Series: Routledge Research in Travel Writing 

2 years 2 weeks ago
York University, Toronto

Luke Arnason wishes to announce a new endeavor to which he welcomes feedback and/or questions from our community. Luke has recently launched a YouTube channel devoted to harpsichord music. The channel, currently in the early stages of development, features two pieces by François Couperin along with a channel trailer. The long-term goal is to make the channel a platform for "vulgarising" the harpsichord that will include the following : harpsichord appreciation tutorials (how does the instrument, and the music written for it, work? What makes great harpsichord pieces great? What should you listen for?); recordings with running visual commentary on elements of interpretation, and discussion on interpretation of the pieces ; recordings of modern harpsichord music designed to attract viewers that have no knowledge of harpsichord repertoire, and to use their curiosity about modern pieces to introduce them to "proper" harpsichord repertoire (first on the list: the Tower of Karazhan from World of Warcraft).


2 years 2 weeks ago