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Dartmouth College

Kathrina LaPorta has recently published an article in the French Studies Bulletin, "Judging a Book by its Cover: The Aesthetics of the Ephemeral in L'Alcoran de Louis XIV, ou le testament politique du Cardinal Jules Mazarin (1695). An excerpt and full citation information for the piece can be found through the following link:


2 years 18 weeks ago
Doctorante contractuelle, Université Paris-Sorbonne

Please join me in congratulating Tiphaine Rolland for the publication of her book, L'atelier du conteur. Les Contes et nouvelles de Jean de La Fontaine : ascendances, influences, confluences, Paris: Honoré Champion, 2014.

You can find more information, such as a summary and the table of contents, on the following site: http://www.honorechampion.com/fr/champion/8569-book-08532663-9782745326638.html

2 years 20 weeks ago
Graduate student at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Congratulations to Jakob Willis for three recent publications:

1) Willis, Jakob (2014): Emotions and Affects of the Heroic – An Analysis of Pierre Corneille’s Drama Nicomède,  in: helden. heroes. héros. E-Journal on Cultures of the Heroic. Special Issue 1, pp. 24–35.

2) Willis, Jakob & Posselt-Kuhli, Christina (2015): La Gloire du Val-de-Grâce ou l’artiste en héros chez Molière et Pierre Mignard, in: Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, Vol. XLII, No. 83, pp. 409–441.

3) Willis, Jakob (2015): Pierre Corneille’s Cinna ou la clémence d’Auguste in Light of Contemporary Discourses on Anger (Le Moyne, Descartes, Senault), in: Karl Enenkel & Anita Traninger (edd.), Discourses of Anger in the Early  Modern Period, Boston: Brill, pp. 331–354.

2 years 21 weeks ago
Brown University

Please join me in congratulating VK Preston, who was recently hired as Visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University in the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department. She has also recently authored two publications on seventeenth-century performance in France and the Atlantic World.

Preston, VK. 2015. “‘How do I touch this text?’ Or, the Interdisciplines Between: Dance and Theatre in Early Modern Archives.” In The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater, edited by Nadine George-Graves. 56-89. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Preston, VK. 2014. “Un/becoming Nomad: Marc Lescarbot, Movement and Metamorphosis in Les Muses de la Nouvelle France.” In History, Memory, Performance, edited by David Dean, Yana Meerzon, and Kathryn Price, 68-82. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 

2 years 21 weeks ago
Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Bravo à Jennifer Tamas pour ses articles récemment publiés :

“La mort orpheline: le suicide des mères chez Racine," Papers on French Seventeenth Century Studies, vol. XLII, n° 83 (2015), pp. 301-312.

''De l'alcôve à la tribune: Olympe de Gouges ou le désir d'agir," Lumières, n°23 (2015), « La cause des femmes dans l'Europe du XVIIIe siècle » (Bordeaux: Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux), pp. 151-166.


2 years 22 weeks ago
New York University

Bravo to Benoît Bolduc for his recent publications! His book, La Fête imprimée. Cérémonies et spectacles politiques (1549-1662), is under contract with Classiques Garnier and will be published this fall. Benoît has also published an article in conjunction with the “Versailles on Paper” exhibition at Princeton University : “Fêtes on Paper: Graphic Representations of Louis XIV’s Festivals,” The Princeton University Library Chronicle, LXXVI (1-2), 2014-15, pp. 211-241.



2 years 23 weeks ago
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 24 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 24 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 24 weeks 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 24 weeks ago