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Séminaire “Reimagining Việt Nam via Anglophone Vietnamese Literature”

Mardi 11 juin 2024, 18h, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, salle 126 Saint-Charles 1 et en visioconférence.

Séminaire organisé par Raphaël Ricaud dans le cadre de l’axe « Faire commun » d’EMMA. Intervention de Doris Witt (Department of English, University of Iowa, exchange).

This presentation aims to be accessible to anyone who is interested in Anglophone Vietnamese literature, particularly work by Vietnamese Americans.  It will unfold in three phases.  Part I, History, meditates on the theme of history—the history of Việt Nam, certainly, but also my history teaching literature and film about the country at a large university in the midwestern United States.  In addition to explaining how my experiences in the classroom have informed a new research project that I have launched this spring, I hope this section is useful for listeners who are invested in pedagogy.  Part II, Archives, reframes the history and teaching motifs via a brief overview of the development of the Vietnamese American literary tradition over the past several decades.  This section acknowledges not only the ubiquity of academic discourse about the concept of the “archive” but also some of the factors I am weighing as I work to delimit mine, including the role of censorship in Việt Nam and, increasingly, the United States as well.  Part III, Hungry Ghosts, turns to my emerging area of interest within this archive, which is how and why different generations of Anglophone Vietnamese writers have used their creative work to represent the country’s environmental, agricultural, and alimentary history and grapple with its complicated legacies.  It is by now a commonplace to describe Việt Nam as haunted, a land full of Wandering Souls.  References to this spectral presence permeate the literature.  As a case study, I will discuss Anglophone Vietnamese writing about the Great Vietnamese Famine of 1944-45.  To the best of my current knowledge, creative work by overseas Vietnamese has not been incorporated into the official government archive constructed to memorialize the famine.  I hope to help remedy that omission. 

Présentation de l’intervenante: Doris Witt grew up in Glasgow, Kentucky, and holds a BA in English from Centre College, an MA and PhD in English from the University of Virginia, and a JD from the University of Iowa.  She specializes in post-WWII multiethnic American and transnational / postcolonial literature and culture.

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Double séminaire “A Theory of Racialized Organizations” / “The Flint Water Coup: Debt at the End of Democracy”Double séminaire

Lundi 13 mai 2024, 18h, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, salle 126 Saint-Charles 1 et en visioconférence.

Séminaire organisé par Hervé Mayer dans le cadre de l’axe « Faire commun » d’EMMA.

Victor Ray (U. of Iowa, PMU) ” A Theory of Racialized Organizations” 

Organizational theory scholars typically see organizations as race-neutral bureaucratic structures, while race and ethnicity scholars have largely neglected the role of organizations in the social construction of race. The theory developed in this talk bridges these subfields, arguing that organizations are racial structures—cognitive schemas connecting organizational rules to social and material resources. I begin with the proposition that race is constitutive of organizational foundations, hierarchies, and processes. Next, I develop four tenets: (1) racialized organizations enhance or diminish the agency of racial groups; (2) racialized organizations legitimate the unequal distribution of resources; (3) Whiteness is a credential; and (4) the decoupling of formal rules from organizational practice is often racialized. I argue that racialization theory must account for how both state policy and individual attitudes are filtered through—and changed by—organizations. Seeing race as constitutive of organizations helps us better understand the formation and everyday functioning of organizations. Incorporating organizations into a structural theory of racial inequality can help us better understand stability, change, and the institutionalization of racial inequality. I conclude with an overview of internal and external sources of organizational change and a discussion of how the theory of racialized organizations may set the agenda for future research.

Bio: Victor Ray’s research applies critical race theory to classic sociological questions. He is currently working on two book manuscripts: a project focused on race and organizational theory and an edited volume (co-edited with Jennifer Mueller) on race and sociological theory writ large. His work has been published in the American Sociological Review, American Behavioral Scientist, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Contexts, Ethnic and Racial Studies, The Journal of Marriage and Family, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and Sociological Theory. In addition to this research, Victor is also an active public scholar, publishing commentary in outlets such as The Washington Post, Newsweek, and Boston Review. Victor’s work has been funded by the Ford Foundation, and the National Science Foundation, among others.

Louise Seamster (U. of Iowa) “The Flint Water Coup: Debt at the End of Democracy”

Ten years after Flint’s fateful 2014 switch to treating the corrosive Flint River for drinking water, there is broad agreement that the Flint Water Crisis constituted a “clear case of environmental injustice.” But there is surprisingly little research into why the crisis happened. Did that designation obscure more than it illuminated?
In this talk, I discuss findings from my forthcoming book, an archival ethnography built around a 455,000-page dataset of public government emails from Flint’s crisis (soon to be released by my team as a searchable database). Drawing on a relational framework of “creative extraction” (Purifoy and Seamster 2021), I focus on resource flows, debt relationships, the invalidation of independent governance, and political narratives. Instead of cross-organizational failure, my investigation shows a largely successful coalitional project to redistribute water resources and political control in Michigan. Flint’s water switch to the river was central to this project. My findings will help us understand how water financialization is shaping water governance, and how these dynamics reproduce racial inequality in access to clean, affordable water.

Bio: Louise Seamster is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and the program of African American Studies at the University of Iowa. She is also a Research Fellow in the Social and Education Policy Research Program at the University of Iowa’s Public Policy Center, and a Nonresident Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. Her research examines contemporary mechanisms for the reproduction of racial and economic inequality.

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Séminaire Nancy Pedri (PMU, professeure à Memorial University of NewFoundLand au Canada) “Pointing to, and away from, Media, or How Intermediality Impacts the Reading of Comics” – mardi 18 avril 2024

animé par Laurence Petit (EMMA)

While comics scholars have examined the visual storytelling techniques and devices of comics – including page-layout, the use of repeated images, the gutter, the angle of vision, and others – the referencing or inclusion of different media has largely been ignored. I set out to explore how comics narration physically and conceptually moves between and across media boundaries, evoking different modes of representation to promote unique expressions and configurations of meaning.
Starting from the understanding that comics stand to be viewed productively not so much as a single, mixed, or even hybrid medium set in more than one semiotic mode, but as an “inherently intermedial form” (Kimmich 88), I will draw from several examples to examine the impact on reading of the interaction of different media and their conceptual and physical fusion in comics. I adopt an intermedial approach to examine intermediality in several comics. Focusing on how comics narration exists within a larger past and present media landscape, my presentation will be guided by the following questions: What type of reading do comics encourage? If, as I believe, comics’ intermedial storytelling practices asks readers to simultaneously draw from their knowledge of, and real-world experience with, other media, and delve deeper into the storyworld and the experiences of its characters, do those intermedial practices create a narrative situation that challenges popular theorizations of comics literacy?


Kimmich, Matt. “Disorienting Visualisations: Adapting Paul Auster’s City of Glass.” SPELL: Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature, vol.21, 2008. pp.87-104.

Short Bio

Nancy Pedri is Professor of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, where she has taught since 2006. She is an award-winning author and has published extensively in the fields of comics studies and word and image studies, including photography in literature. Her latest monographs on comics, Experiencing Visual Storyworlds: Focalization in Comics with Silke Horstkotte (Ohio State UP) and A Concise Dictionary of Comics (UP of Mississippi) were published in 2022.

Séminaire “Our Dreams, Ourselves: 21st Century Asian American Graphic Memoirs”

Mardi 23 avril 2024, 18h, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, salle 126 Saint-Charles 1 et en visioconférence.

Séminaire organisé par Claire Omhovère dans le cadre de l’axe « Faire commun » d’EMMA. Intervention de Eleanor Ty (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada).

In Our Dreams, Ourselves I examine three graphic memoirs by 1.5 and second-generation Asian American and Asian Canadian creators who are exploring their ethnic and gender identities, as well as their professional aspirations. I argue that in contemporary US and Canadian society, many children of Asian immigrants struggle to separate their own wishes from that of their parents. Because of parental and cultural pressures, guilt, feelings of responsibility and indebtedness, children of Asian American parents often suppress their own dreams for the sake of pleasing their family. In addition, they experience misidentification, stereotyping, and alienation from the society outside.
In this presentation, I will look at three graphic memoirs: Malaka Gharib’s I Was Their American Dream, about the experiences of growing up mixed-race Filipina and Egyptian; Kimiko Tobimatsu and Keet Geniza’s Kimiko Does Cancer, about the challenges of a queer woman who is diagnosed with cancer; and Laura Gao’s Messy Roots, created during the pandemic when anti-Chinese sentiments were high, to show how comics enables these authors to express their uneasiness with the ghosts within them, find ways to escape, and discover their own desires. Their graphic memoirs reveal the pain, pressures, and pleasures of living as minoritized and underrepresented subjects.

Présentation de l’intervenant: Eleanor Ty, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Fulbright Canada alumna, is Professor of English at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has published on life writing, graphic novel, Asian North American, and 18th-Century British literature. She is author of Asianfail: Narratives of Disenchantment and the Model Minority (U of Illinois P, 2017); Unfastened:  Globality and Asian North American Narratives (U of Minnesota P, 2010), and The Politics of the Visible in Asian North American Narratives (U Toronto P 2004).  Beyond the Icon: Asian American Graphic Narratives (Ohio State UP, 2022) won the Comics Studies Society’s 2022 Prize for Edited Book Collection.

Séminaire: Susan Blattès (Grenoble-Alpes), Marianne Drugeon (Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3), Claire Hélie (Lille), Marie Nadia Karsky (Paris 8), Estelle Rivier-Arnaud (Grenoble-Alpes), Agathe Torti-Alcayaga (Paris Sorbonne Nord), The Gut Girls de Sarah Daniels, une expérience de traduction collaborative – Mardi 26 mars 2024 18h – Site Saint-Charles 1 salle 126

Brief synopsis of The Gut Girls :

The play tells the story of a small community, the “Gut Girls”, who work in a gutting shed at Deptford cattle market, in the South East of London in 1900. This work means they remain at the margins of society, but it also gives them some autonomy, gritty and distasteful as it is: the salary is higher than what women usually get, and they are, up to a point, considered equal to men. Because the work is hard, they use humour and irony to their heart’s content, and try to avoid Lady Helena’s club, which she has set up to teach them how to speak and behave properly. Unfortunately, the cattle market is soon to close, in the wake of progress in refrigerating meat. Each “Gut Girl” will have to find another way to survive: some will marry, most will become servants – and one of them may die as a consequence – and some will find jobs in a factory. Patriarchy, and capitalism, which had been questioned and jeopardised for a time by the small community of the “Gut Girls’, close down upon them, except perhaps one, who now works in a factory where they have a union.

Our Project:

We are a team of six researchers and translators from different universities, and we have set up to translate the play over the last year in a cooperative and collaborative way. We will present our work from different angles: its method (how is it possible for six translators to work together on the same text?), its translation (the play is riddled with puns linked to a particular sociolect, that of the working class in 1900 London) and its historical and literary context (But who are the “Gut Girls, and what does their work tell us?)

                                   Schonell Theatre, 2019

Connecticut Repertory Theatre, 2004

Bref synopsis The Gut Girls :

La pièce retrace le destin d’une petite communauté, celle des « Gut Girls », ouvrières travaillant dans les hangars d’éviscération du Marché aux Bestiaux de Deptford, à la périphérie de Londres, en 1900. Bien que leur activité les relègue en marge de la société, ce labeur peu ragoûtant leur permet de jouir d’une certaine autonomie, car leurs salaires sont supérieurs à ceux ordinairement octroyés aux femmes. Par ailleurs, la nature de leur travail les met sur un relatif pied d’égalité avec les hommes. Pour tenir dans des conditions aussi difficiles, elles manient sans modération l’humour et l’ironie et ne se rendent que sous la contrainte au club que Lady Helena a ouvert pour elles afin de leur inculquer les codes linguistiques et sociaux policés. Tout change avec la fermeture du Marché aux Bestiaux, lorsque la réfrigération naissante permet aux éleveurs de dépecer les bêtes sur place avant de les envoyer découpées alimenter les marchés de Londres. Chaque « Gut Girl » doit trouver un moyen pour survivre : certaines se marient, la plupart des autres entrent en domesticité – l’une d’entre elles le payera peut-être de sa vie -, d’autres vont travailler en usine. L’ordre patriarcal, ici mis en parallèle avec l’ordre capitaliste, un instant déstabilisé par la petite communauté des « Gut Girls » se referme sur elles toutes, à l’exception peut-être de l’une d’entre elles qui rejoint une usine où s’est monté un syndicat.

Notre projet :

Nous sommes une équipe de six enseignantes-chercheuses et traductrices d’universités différentes, qui traduisons la pièce depuis plus d’un an de manière coopérative et collaborative : nous présenterons notre travail sous les différents angles de sa méthode (comment peut-on traduire à six ?), du travail de traduction (en particulier la difficulté de rendre compte d’un sociolecte daté mais aussi des jeux de mots nombreux) et du travail d’analyse historique et littéraire (Qui sont les « Gut Girls » ? que nous raconte leur travail ?).

Séminaire: Adam Wilson (U. Lorraine) “Half British, Half American and Spoken All Over : la constitution idéologique de la langue anglaise en France” Mardi 2 avril 2024 – 18h – site Saint-Charles 1 salle 126

Mardi 2 avril 18h St Charles

Dans cette présentation, je propose d’explorer la « constitution idéologique » de l’objet (socio)linguistique que l’on nomme « l’anglais » en France. Pour ce faire, je mobilise un outillage théorique rassemblant des éléments de la sociolinguistique et de l’analyse du discours afin d’analyser à la fois différents types de textes (documents pédagogiques et officiels, textes touristiques, publicités) et des données issues de travaux de terrain sociolinguistiques entrepris dans divers milieux professionnels. L’analyse montre en quoi des manifestations de certaines idéologies linguistiques dans ces sources brossent un tableau paradoxal de la langue anglaise : d’une part, elle apparaît comme une langue universelle, parlée partout dans le monde, mais, d’autre part, elle est positionnée comme « appartenant » intrinsèquement à deux lieux bien distincts : le Royaume-Uni et/ou les États-Unis. Après avoir identifié, et remis en question, les différentes idéologies linguistiques qui sous-tendent ce paradoxe, j’aborde certaines répercussions sociolinguistiques de ces dynamiques qui contribuent à définir « ce qui compte » comme « l’anglais » en France.

Mots-clefs : idéologies langagières, Agrégation, anglais, native-speakerism, idéologies raciolangagières, purisme, idéologies de langue standard

Adam Wilson est actuellement Maître de conférences au Département de Langues Étrangères Appliquées à l’Université de Lorraine (campus de Metz) et membre de l’Unité de recherche IDEA (UR 2338). Sociolinguiste, ses recherches portent sur les rapports entre phénomènes sociaux et formes et usages linguistiques dans des contextes sociolinguistiques globalisés et globalisants (tourisme, migration transnationale, commerce international, monde universitaire). Ses travaux récents abordent des pratiques, politiques et idéologies linguistiques liées aux langues véhiculaires utilisées dans ces contextes, et notamment l’anglais, explorant également les écarts entre les pratiques langagières dans ces milieux et les modèles de référence mobilisés lors de l’enseignement/apprentissage de l’anglais.
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Séminaire “Christina Sharpe’s Ordinary Notes:  Fragmented Untranslatable Blackness”

Mardi 30 janvier 2024 à 18h, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, site Saint-Charles, salle 126.

Séminaire organisé dans le cadre de l’axe « Faire commun » d’EMMA. Intervention de Claudine Raynaud.

“I wanted to write about silences and terror and acts that hover over generations,
over centuries. I began by writing about my mother and grandmother.” (Note 18)

This talk follows from the presentation of Fred Moten and Stefano Harney’s The Undercommons. Fugitive Planning and Black Study (2013) to map out major directions of African American thought and to delineate the contours, the import, and the limits of what has been labeled Afro-pessimism (Frank B. Wilderson III). Along with Saidiya Hartman (Lose Your Mother, 2006; Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, 2019), Christina Sharpe, who teaches Black Studies at York University in Toronto, has been hailed as one of the foremost contemporary Black radical cultural critics. To French readers, Ordinary Notes will recall Barthes’s Fragments d’un discours amoureux: the 248 notes of various lengths address the intimate—Notes is an ode to her mother—and the cultural, the collective, the current historical moment of #Blacklivesmatter and the legacy of slavery. Pondering what is seen and not seen of Black life in the United States, Sharpe convokes a series of private and public photographs—she critiques La Chambre claire—in this dense mélange of memories, artwork, and academic “notes,” i.e. observations. She calls us to attention.

Ordinary Notes (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023) was shortlisted for the 2023 for National Book Awards for Nonfiction. Sharpe has authored two studies, of which Ordinary Notes is a follow up: Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (2010) and In the Wake. On Blackness and Being (2016). She has recently edited a collection of Dionne Brand’s poems and is working on three books: What Could a Vessel Be? (Knopf, Canada, FSG, USA, 2025), Black. Still. Life. (Duke UP, 2025) and To Have Been To the End of the World: 25 Essays on Art.

Présentation de l’intervenante: Claudine Raynaud est Professeure émérite en études africaines-américaines à l’Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EMMA.

Séminaire “Unis contre l’esclavage ? Les antiesclavagistes états-uniens, Noirs et Blancs, 1754-1830”

Mardi 28 novembre 2023, 18h, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3salle 126 (Saint-Charles 1) et visioconférence (

Séminaire organisé par Lawrence Aje dans le cadre de l’axe « Faire commun » d’EMMA. Intervention de Marie-Jeanne Rossignol (Université Paris Cité, UMR LARCA).

Dans son ouvrage, Noirs et Blancs contre l’esclavage, une alliance antiesclavagiste ambiguë aux Etats-Unis 1754-1830, publié en 2022, Marie-Jeanne Rossignol a cherché à raconter une histoire de la jeune république états-unienne au prisme de l’esclavage et plus particulièrement du premier mouvement antiesclavagiste auquel elle veut restituer toute sa complexité. Dans sa présentation, elle reviendra sur les acteurs noirs du mouvement, qui posent la première pierre du mouvement des droits civiques dès les années de la guerre d’indépendance, rédigent le premier corpus intellectuel africain-américain et élaborent la stratégie de l’ « uplift » . Elle s’intéressera également au déclin du militantisme blanc conservateur après 1800 dans un pays de plus en plus raciste et esclavagiste avant de revenir sur l’émergence, dans le Nord-Ouest, d’un nouveau militantisme blanc confronté à l’expansion territoriale après 1815. En conclusion, elle reviendra sur la rupture de 1830, qui mérite sûrement d’être davantage justifiée, ainsi que sur les sources d’histoire sociale et intellectuelle qu’elle a utilisées. 

Présentation de l’intervenante. Outre Noirs et Blancs contre l’esclavage. Une alliance antiesclavagistes ambiguë 1754-1830 paru chez CIRESC-Karthala, Marie-Jeanne Rossignol a publié au printemps 2023 Anthologie de la pensée noire, Etats-Unis Haïti (XVIIIè-XIXè) aux éditions Hors d’atteinte, un livre qu’elle a édité avec Michaël Roy (et Marlène Daut et Cécile Roudeau). Elle pilote depuis 2013 la collection « Récits d’esclaves » aux PURH avec Claire Parfait. En 2012, elles avaient inauguré la collection par la traduction et l’édition du récit de William Wells Brown, premier ouvrage dont une version révisée sera publiée par Payot en 2024. Toujours avec Claire Parfait (et d’autres collègues), elle avait publié une anthologie d’historiens noirs en ligne Ecrire l’histoire depuis les marges : une anthologie d’historiens africains-américains. Elle s’implique actuellement dans un projet collectif « L’Amérique de Tocqueville », avec Augustin Habran and Laurence Cossu-Beaumont, à la suite du projet UPC IDEX « Race, Démocratie et République France, Etats-Unis XVIIIè-XIXè siècle » dont elle a été lauréate. 

Séminaire “For a contemporary poetics of Middle Earth: Recovery and presence in the world”

Mardi 21 novembre 2023, 18h, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3salle 126 (Saint-Charles 1) et visioconférence (

Séminaire organisé par Théo Maligeay dans le cadre de l’axe « Faire commun » d’EMMA. Intervention de Laurent Alibert (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, ReSO).

John Garth’s recent work, The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien (2020) responds to an expectation. With the proliferation of developments of tolkienian’s legendarium oriented towards a largely autotelic fantasy, it was time to recall how Tolkien’s writing is rooted above all in an attentive look at reality and that, in many aspects, this work is of another type of imagination, where the frame of reference of the points of view from which the story is considered – whether it is the Shire for the Lord of the Rings or Beleriand for the Silmarillion(s) – is marked by attention to the surrounding world (parsimony of the uses of magic, largely contemplative narration or, on the contrary, narration focusing on the historical and political mechanisms and their consequences on the oikouménē [Letters, p.283]) which holds many respects of a culture of presence in the world, thereby joining a central theme in European poetry since the second half of the 20th century.

« What use are poets in times of need? (« wozu Dichter in dürftiger Zeit? ») wrote Hölderlin a century earlier. Did Tolkien have the answer, he who laid the foundations of The Silmarillion during the Great War and wrote a considerable part of The Lord of the Rings during the Second World War? As an extension of this questioning, we will ask here why we should read Tolkien in our time of disintegration of the link to the world, whether ecological, social, human or poetic. Why, then, read Tolkien in the 21st century? We know that his criticism of the dangers of technical society is not without parallel with the work of Bergson and Ellul (but also Berdyaev) and can poetically accompany a degrowthist model. But the contemporary strength of Tolkien’s work goes beyond the sole environmental concern to raise the question of presence in the world: sense of collective necessity but also sensitive presence, of attention to the place where the living is incarnated.

We will indeed seek to see how, contrary to another type of escapism which feeds itself on the model of entertainment in the Pascalian sense, this work continues to speak to our time and can help us to live in it. For this we will partly rely on the work of John Garth but we will parallel Tolkien’s approach with the questioning of the French poet Yves Bonnefoy on the relationship between presence in the world on the one hand and the role or lure of the image of a « somewhere else ». On this point, Tolkien’s approach is both radically distinct, even opposed to that of the French poet, but he paradoxically joins him by in fact renewing a poetics of reality through myth.

Indeed, Middle Earth presents itself as the construction of a poet and a philologist for whom language and myth are inescapably linked and who uses myth as language in order to offer us what he calls recovery“regaining of a clear view […], seeing things as we are (or were) meant to see them”—as things apart from ourselves) whose first function is to innervate our gaze – amazed, but not illusioned – on the world around us.

Présentation de l’intervenant: Laurent Alibert is a PRCE teacher in Occitan Language and Literature at University Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3 and Ossetian Language and Civilization at the French National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO). He wrote Le Roman de Jaufré et les Narty Kaddjytæ (Honoré Champion, 2015), La mimesis et son refus dans la littérature occitane (L’Harmattan, 2021) and directed “Archéologie et praxis du conte occitan”(Revue des langues romanes, Tome CXXVII n°1 | 2023) . He is a qualified MCF in sections 10 (comparative literature), 15 (other languages) and 73 (regional languages and cultures) of the CNU. In addition to his work on the occitan and ossetian fields, he has regularly written and published on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. 

Publications et interventions sur l’oeuvre de Tolkien:
– « Le Moyen Age comme matière linguistique et structurelle dans le Seigneur des Anneaux : quelques jeux littéraires, historiques et culturels comme source du renouvellement narratif » conference at the Crest Medieval Festival (Drôme), 27th of may 2023
– Translation of the critical review of The People of Middle-Earth (History of Middle-Earth vol. 12) par Charles Noad, in J.R.R. Tolkien, « L’effigie des Elfes, La feuille de la Compagnie », Cahiers d’études tolkieniennes n°3, dir. Michael Devaux, Bragelonne, collection essais, 2014, p. 475-99
– 8 entries in Dictionnaire Tolkien, (dir. Vincent Ferré,), CNRS Editions, Paris, 2012 : « Amour », « Géants », « Fermier Gilles de Ham », « Exodus », « Lúthien », « Livre de Jonas, (traduction par Tolkien) », « Mandos », « Tolkien (Edith) »
– « L’héroïsme chez Tolkien : une étude de Farmer Giles of Ham », seminary in the Symposium  “Tolkien aujourd’hui” (13th-15th of june 2008, Rambures). Published in M. Devaux, V. Ferré, Ch. Ridoux, Tolkien aujourd’hui, Valenciennes, Presses Universitaires de Valenciennes, 2011
– La place de l’héroïsme amoureux, de l’amour chevaleresque et du merveilleux dans les Lais (Marie de France), Jaufre (anonyme occitan, XIIème/XIIIème siècle) et The Lay of Leithian (Tolkien), (Master 2)
– « Farmer Gilles of HamThe Lord of the RingsThe Lay of Leithian, trois éclairages pour l’esquisse d’un héroïsme tolkienien », (with Emeric Moriau) invited to S. Provini’s seminary on heroism, 15th of june 2006, Université Paris VII. Published as « The Lay of Leithian ou l’héroïsme du couple », in Camenae, n°4, juin 2008, the online journal of Paris IV-Sorbonne University
– « L’influence indo-européenne en Arda et ses limites », seminary in the Tolkien Symposium at Rennes II University (2 avril 2003), published in Tolkien, Trente ans après (1973-2003), Vincent Ferré (dir.), Paris, Christian Bourgois, 2004
– « J.R.R. Tolkien, de la Terre-du-Milieu à notre histoire » in Aventures de l’Histoire, Janvier 2003, Hors série n°5, p. 88-92
– Imaginaire médiéval et mythologique dans l’oeuvre de Tolkien, Maîtrise de lettres (dir. Armand Strubel) Paris X-Nanterre/Warwick University, 2002.

Séminaire EMMA/(Inter)Agir – mardi 26 septembre 2023 18h, site St Charles.

Jeroen Vandaele (Univ. Ghent) nous invitera à réfléchir aux conditions dans lesquelles l’humour grinçant peut être reçu et traduit. Sa présentation est intitulée : « Cringe Across Communities. Understanding and Translating The Office with Erving Goffman ».



Cringe Across Communities. Understanding and Translating The Office with Erving Goffman 

Erving Goffman provides a brilliant ‘micro-sociological’ analysis of how individuals manage their image in front of others. In public, individuals intend to promote what they think is a positive self-image and therefore conceal image-incompatible information and supply image-enhancing information. Moreover, image enhancement is most effective when it seems a natural and unconscious expression that individuals give off, not a conscious effort to make an impression on others. When these mechanisms fail, there is face loss, the individual may experience embarrassment, and become the object of comedy. If there is antagonism between the embarrassed and the audience, the felt comedy is usually a form of Schadenfreude. However, the embarrassment may also carry over on the audience, which leads to second-hand embarrassment—cringe— and the mixed emotion called cringe comedy. In this paper, I show that both Schadenfreude and cringe are dominant emotive effects in the sitcom The Office (British and American versions), I investigate how these two distinct emotions come about, and how they fare in translation. 

Jeroen Vandaele teaches courses in literary translation and Hispanic literatures at Ghent University. Earlier he was professor of Spanish at the University of Oslo, teaching courses in poetics, translation studies, and discourse analysis. In Fall 2023 he is a Mare Balticum Fellow at the University of Rostock (Germany), for the domain of translation studies. He is the author of Estados de Gracia, which is a monograph on the censorship, translation, and influence of Billy Wilder in Francoist Spain (published by Brill in 2015) and, more recently, of Translation and Big Details, a monograph in press at Routledge New York. Among the volumes he edited or co-edited are Cognitive Poetics (Mouton de Gruyter) and Translating Humour (a special issue of The Translator). In the domain of humor research, one of his biggest efforts is the double essay “Narrative Humor,” published in Poetics Today