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Colloque – NASSCFL 2017, Extended Deadline


*Extended Deadline: September 20th 2016*: NASSCFL 47th International Conference : “Literature, the Book and the Book Trade in 17th-century France” (Lyon, June 21-24 2017)


The 17th century in France is marked by unprecedented growth in the book trade that touched all principal centers of production and diffusion. Lyon, particularly, in the preceding century with prestigious print shops, played a decisive role in this evolution. While some authors were concerned about a development that multiplied book production and enlarged readership by profoundly transforming how the literary world functions, the book trade gained in legitimacy as literature was constituted into an autonomous social sphere. A century later, the Encyclopédiewould highlight “how important literature is to the State, & how much the Book Trade owes to literature” (« combien les Lettres importent à l’Etat, & combien tient aux Lettres la Librairie »).

The 47th international NASSCFL conference will gather 17th-century scholars in Lyon to investigate the links forged in this period between literature, the book, and the book trade. The conference will consist of looking into political, economic, and cultural interactions, and examining the representations and depictions thereof. Examining such a problematic makes perfect sense in Lyon, as it was, under the Ancien Régime, the second editorial center after Paris. Papers will explore their political, economic and cultural aspects, as well as representations of these interactions in literary and other kinds of texts. Lyon, the second printing center of the Ancien Régime after Paris, is the perfect place for such an investigation.

We envisage multiple avenues of research in the scope of this study:


– Books and the Diffusion of Knowledge

– Literature and the Book Trade in Lyon

– From Page to Screen: 17th century Studies Meets the Digital Humanities

– Literature and the Control of Books

– The Book and its Mediators

– Women, the Book and the Book Trade

– Editorial Politics and Editorial Genres

– Periodicals

– Theater and the Book Trade

– Books and Religion

– Libraries and Collections

– The Manuscript and the Printed Work

– The Book Trade, Books, and Images

– Book Trade and Bookshops in Fiction

– Imagining the Book


Please read the full Call for Papers online:

Submit proposals by September 20th 2016.


Organizing committee: Mathilde Bombart:; Sylvain Cornic:; Edwige; Michèle Rosellini:

*Nouvelle date limite: 20 septembre 2016* : Appel à communication pour le 47e Colloque international de la NASSCFL : « Littérature, livre et librairie au xviie siècle » (Lyon, 21-24 juin 2017)


Le XVIIsiècle est marqué en France par une expansion sans précédent du marché du livre qui touche tous les principaux centres de production et de diffusion. Lyon, notamment, qui s’est doté au siècle précédent d’imprimeries prestigieuses, joue à cet égard un rôle déterminant. Si certains auteurs s’inquiètent d’un développement qui multiplie les livres et élargit le lectorat en transformant en profondeur le fonctionnement du monde des lettres, la librairie gagne en légitimité en même temps que la littérature se constitue en champ social autonome. Quelques décennies plus tard, l’Encyclopédie soulignera « combien les Lettres importent à l’État, & combien tient aux Lettres la Librairie ».

La NASSCFL, société nord‑américaine réunissant les spécialistes du xviie siècle français anglophones et francophones du monde entier, tiendra à Lyon son 47e Colloque international pour interroger les liens qui se nouent à cette période entre littérature, livre et librairie. Il s’agira d’observer leurs interactions politiques, économiques et culturelles et d’interroger les représentations qui s’y attachent. Une telle problématique prend tout son sens à Lyon qui fut, sous l’Ancien Régime, le deuxième centre éditorial après Paris.

Axes d’études envisagés :

– Livres et diffusion des savoirs

– Littérature et librairie à Lyon

– De la page à l’écran : études dix-septièmistes et humanités numériques

– Littérature et police du livre

– Les « intermédiaires » de la publication

– Femmes, livres et librairie

– Politiques éditoriales et genres éditoriaux

– Périodiques

– Théâtre et librairie

– Livres et religion

– Bibliothèques et collections

– Le manuscrit et l’imprimé

– Librairie, livre et images

– La librairie en fiction

– L’imaginaire du livre


Merci de consulter l’appel complet en ligne :

Date limite d’envoi des propositions de communication : 20 septembre 2016


Comité d’organisation : Mathilde Bombart : ; Sylvain Cornic : ; Edwige Keller-Rahbé ; Michèle Rosellini :

Call for Papers – « Wolfgang Iser – Towards a literary anthropology »

Cfp. Wolfgang Iser – Towards a literary anthropology

Enthymema. International journal of literary criticism, literary theory, and philosophy of literature


On the intersection of the tenth anniversary of his death (2007) and of the fortieth anniversary of the first publication of his most famous work The Act of Reading (Der Akt des Lesens, 1976), we would like to celebrate the critic and literary theorist Wolfgang Iser with a special section.

Our reflection can only start from the critical classic The Act of Reading that contributed in making reader’s response theories a cornerstone, generating a most lively debate, in the field of literary theory in the following forty years. Nevertheless, we would also like to provide a better focus on the arrival point of Iser’s critical and theoretical reflections.

In the thirty years that separated the issue of that fundamental work from his death, Iser never stopped expanding his research. First, he moved from the field of English literature on Spenser, Beckett, and Joyce to theoretical studies on the concepts ? so relevant in the current debate ? of the fictive and the imaginary. Eventually, Iser developed the project of a new discipline, namely literary anthropology, with which he aimed to provide an account of literature as a universal and human device for self-interpretation, as a tool for the relentless urge of human beings to become known to themselves.

Iser was aware of the fact that in order to analyse such a complex human activity, a single, fixed perspective is not enough: (self) interpretation is not just a practice, it is a human need that allows us to expand and shape ourselves. Literature works in the same vein. Indeed, the latter is nothing but interpretation at every level.

Such an enquiry of human life requires specific heuristic tools and cannot make use of frames borrowed from other disciplines. The risk would otherwise be that literature is merely used to provide illustrative examples. Which is why in his more recent works (especially in The Range of Interpretation, 2000) he pursued a self-contained heuristic framework within the new discipline. Still, he continuously kept an eye open on all possible intersections with hermeneutics, cybernetics, biology, and cognitive and evolutionary studies.

It is with the same spirit that we are inviting contributions for proposals on Iserian themes with the aim to reflect on his own theoretical production, and to continue his own project.

Article proposals in English, Italian, French, or German, must be sent to and must contain the following details: the title of the contribution, a 350-500 word abstract, and a short bio-bibliographical profile of the author (including e-mail address and the university/institution of affiliation). The deadline for proposals is 31st January 2017.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Reading and readers; theories of the interaction between the reader and the text; current relevance and need of aesthetical response theories; the implied reader.
  • Indeterminacy, implied reader, and the narrative text.
  • Indeterminacy as the mark of narrative genres.
  • Literature and play. The interaction between the fictive and the imaginary.
  • Fiction, fictive, and fictional.
  • Towards a literary anthropology: problems, questions, and reflections.
  • Literature as self-interpretation and self-poiesis.
  • Wolfgang Iser as a literary critic and theorist.
  • Influence of Iser’s theories in the current critical and theoretical debate.
  • The application of Iser’s theories in the field of narrative studies.

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Catherine Nesci, Chair, Comparative Literature

Professor of French, Affiliate in Feminist Studies
Professional address:
Department of French and Italian
University of California at Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4140 USA

*Associate Editor (2011-2015), Nineteenth-Century French Studies
*Co-Editor, Culture & Conflict, De Gruyter

Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships in Gender Studies‏

Bourse postdoctorale en études de genre.

Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships in Gender Studies October 2017

King’s College invites applications from individuals who are completing or have completed a relevant doctorate for one or more four-year Junior Research Fellowship/s in interdisciplinary Gender Studies. Candidates may come from any disciplinary background but will be expected to propose future projects that engage with issues of gender in ways that transcend any individual discipline.

Human security, liberty, political voice, economic status, education, health, freedom of expression, access to markets and public spaces, institutional practices (for example) as well as all forms of interpersonal relations and representation, are fundamentally shaped by gender. The pace of technological development in the last twenty years has transformed human relations in every context ? public, institutional, workplace, and private ? raising old issues in heightened ways and creating issues not previously anticipated. All of this has made fresh methodological and theoretical approaches to understanding the place of gender in human behaviour and societies both possible and urgent. Yet it continues to be the case that much work on gender is hampered by disciplinary isolation. Those who pioneer more sensitive analysis of gendered representation in, for example, art or literature often work apart from those whose work lies in philosophy or international relations ? while the very real implications of such relations within STEM subjects for the advancement of science are frequently studied by scholars who work apart from each of these.

The ideal candidate for these Junior Research Fellowships will have a strong background in a particular discipline within the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences but will be proposing to develop their research by engaging with work outside their own home discipline. There is great and varied interest in Gender Studies throughout the College community, from undergraduates through graduate students to the Fellowship. The successful candidate/s will be expected to engage broadly with the whole college community and with the University’s Centre for Gender Studies, which will provide a link into the wider University network of interested researchers.

A Junior Research Fellowship is a postdoctoral position tenable for up to 4 years. Applications are welcome from graduates of any university. Candidates will usually have completed their PhD, and must not have undertaken more than 2 years of postdoctoral work by 1st October 2017 (i.e. your PhD cannot have been granted before 30th September 2015).

The closing date for applications is 9 am on Thursday, 15th September. Full details, including the method of application, are given in the Further Particulars:
Catherine Nesci, Chair, Comparative Literature

Professor of French, Affiliate in Feminist Studies
Professional address:
Department of French and Italian
University of California at Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4140 USA

*Associate Editor (2011-2015), Nineteenth-Century French Studies
*Co-Editor, Culture & Conflict, De Gruyter

Call for Papers – « Literary Journalism (1870-1970) »

Dear colleagues,

You may be interested in the following call for papers:

Literary Journalism in Times of Crisis and Transition (1870-1970)
University of Warwick, 26th November 2016
A one-day interdisciplinary conference


Confirmed keynote speakers: 

Susan Greenberg (University of Roehampton, London)
David Walker (University of Sheffield)

Call for papers


Literary journalism, also known as ‘narrative journalism’, is a form of creative nonfiction that draws on the research methods of journalism and the storytelling techniques and literary style of narrative. Throughout its history, it has been shaped as a genre by transnational and cross-cultural influences, and it has assumed as many variations as the countries and printing traditions in which it has blossomed.

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to investigate the role played by literary journalism in capturing historical and social changes on a global scale over the time span of a century, from the 1870s to the 1970s.

The 1870s witnessed events that had a far-reaching impact on the course of history to follow and defined narrative journalism throughout the late 19th century in Europe and beyond. As readers and journalists alike seek to make sense of their individual role and place in a continuously transforming historical reality, narrative nonfiction can be seen as an attempt to answer such concerns. The struggle assumes a character of urgency as the turn of the century nears, while the accompanying technological innovations of the Second Industrial revolution reshape the perception of time and space. Having radically transformed the communication system, these developments pave the way for a variety of new formal and conceptual journalistic approaches: industrialised journalism; New Journalism (1890s); photo-journalism; published interviews; the rise of the figures of news agency reporters and foreign correspondents.

The two World Wars, the post-war economic booms across Europe and beyond, the rise of mass consumerism, social reforms, and, last but not least, the radical cultural changes of the mid-20th century, all offer a fertile ground for the development of narrative nonfiction. We choose to limit the time span of the analysis to the 1970s considering that the instatement of television as a primary player in the domain of media and communication arguably relayed print literary journalism as a reporting style with its long-standing tradition, at least temporarily, into the background.

We invite papers that explore the creative relationship between literary journalism and social change over the focus time frame. We particularly appreciate a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective, including media studies, history, literature, and cultural politics. On the other hand, we also welcome contributions that shed light on the peculiarity of narrative journalism as a genre and that investigate its formal evolution, adaptability, and permeability as a hybrid form.

Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to:

•    historical and social changes in narrative nonfiction between the 1870s and the 1970s;
•    chronicles from modern metropolises (e.g. world fairs, artistic and technological exhibitions, portrayals of metropolitan life);
•    the emergence of the foreign correspondent and other new professional journalistic figures;
•    literary approaches to war reportage (late-19th-century conflicts in European and non-European countries, the two World Wars, anti-colonial uprisings, terrorism);
•    post-war reconstruction and counterculture movements of the 1960s and 1970s in creative nonfiction accounts;
•    journals, newspapers, and magazines that work as forums and catalysts for literary journalists, by promoting creative nonfiction stories;
•    cross-cultural contaminations of narrative journalism as a genre;
•    journalism and photography: the interplay of the visual and textual in literary journalism;
•    evolution of creative, literary and narrative nonfiction from a transnational perspective.

Please send a 300-word abstract for a 20-minute paper, accompanied by a brief academic CV by 7th September 2016.

For info and details: ttp://
Organized by HRC Doctoral Fellows Sara Boezio ( and Giulia Brecciaroli (, School of Modern Languages and Cultures – University of Warwick.