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“Polar noir”: Reading African-American Detective Fiction

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Alice Mills
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Claude Julien

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1Yves Bonnemère has studied English as well as African anthropology. This was followed by degrees in sociology (General, Social and Tropical Africa). His Ph. D., History and Culture in Ishmael Reed’s Novels was defended in 1983 (Sorbonne). His involvement in African-American studies has been pursued through scholarly work published in a number of journals such as “Hoodoo as a Metaphor of migration in Mumbo Jumbo” (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2000), or a recent study of Percival Everett’s God’s Country due out soon.

2Dominique Chancé est maître de conférences en littérature française et francophone, à l’Université Bordeaux 3. Elle a publié plusieurs essais depuis L’Auteur en souffance, Puf, 2000: Poétique baroque de la Caraïbe, Karthala (2001) Edouard Glissant, Un « traité du déparler », 2002, Les Fils de Lear (Karthala, 2003), et, dernièrement, un essai chez Ellipses: Histoire des littératures antillaises, 2005.

3Françoise Clary is a Professor at Université de Rouen. A contributor to American Literary Scholarship (Duke University), she is the author of L’Espoir de vivre, a study of the African American novel from Chester Himes to Hal Bennett, of Jean Toomer, a close study of Cane, of various articles on African American literature, racial Christianity, African American Islam and Affirmative Action. She has edited Black American Stories. She is a co-editor with Claude Julien of Jean Toomer and the Harlem Renaissance and, with Michel Fabre, of a new translation of Himes’s A Case of Rape.

4Mary Condé has taught in the U. S. at the University of Vermont, then at the University of Leicester, U. K. She now is a Senior Lecturer in English at Queen Mary, University of London. She is co-editor with Thorunn Lonsdale of Caribbean Women Writers: Fiction in English (Macmillan, 1999), and her research interests are in the short story, African American women’s fiction and contemporary Canadian women’s fiction.

5Norlisha F. Crawford has recently joined the staff of the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, as Assistant Professor, English and Director of the African-American Studies Program. Upcoming published essays include “The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful: Chester Himes’s Femmes and their Work in his Harlem”, in The National Women’s Studies Association Journal.

6Nicole Décuré teaches English as a foreign language to science students at Toulouse III University. She is the head of a research team concerned with language learning and teaching. She has published extensively in this domain but also in the field of feminist literature and more especially crime fiction.

7Gérard Deléchelle, an honorary Professor of English linguistics at Université François-Rabelais de Tours, has written on various aspects of the grammar of English, in particular on the syntax and semantics of causative constructions and connectors and on text linguistics.

8Alison D. Goeller teaches American literature and creative writing for The University of Maryland’s European Division in Heidelberg, Germany. Her articles include “Temporary Homelands,” an essay on women’s travel literature (University of Bologna, “Illness as Metaphor: The Italian American Experience in Tina DeRosa’s Paper Fish,” (MESEA), “What Homer Never Told Us: Robert Graves’s The White Goddess and the Poetry of H. D.” (The Journal of the Robert Graves Society,) “Eudora Welty’s Delta Wedding as Pastoral,” (Interpretations), “Persephone Goes Home: Italian American Women in Italy,” (MELUS), and “From Rage to Reason: Race and Politics in Walter Mosley’s Socrates Fortlow Novels,” (CAAR). She is also the co-editor of EmBODYing Liberation: The Black Body in American Dance, a collection of essays (Lit Verlag). She is also a published writer of fiction.

9John C. Gruesser is a Professor of English at Kean University, New Jersey. He is the author of three books, including Confluences: Postcolonialism African American Literary Studies, and The Black Atlantic (University of Georgia Press, 2005). He also edited The Unruly Voice: Rediscovering Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (Illinois, 1996) and The Black Sleuth by John Edward Bruce (Northeastern, 2002).

10Claude Julien teaches American Studies at Université François-Rabelais de Tours. He is the author of a Thèse de Doctorat d’Etat on childhood and adolescence in African American fiction, 1853-1969. A founding member of CEAA and a member of CAAR, he has contributed a number of papers on the African American literary and social fields. He has co-edited a collection of essays on Cane. He has recently edited a GRAAT journal celebrating Michel Fabre as well as a Callaloo number on John Wideman. He is currently preparing a collection of essays on Percival Everett.

11Alice Mills is an Associate Professor at the University of Caen. Her work on Afro American literature has been published by the Presses Universitaires de Caen, Presses de la Sorbonne, R.F.E.A., P.A.L.A.R.A. (University of Missouri Columbia, Pennsylvania State University), Journal of Haitian Studies (UC Santa Barbara), The Black Scholar and an anthology of the Indian Chapter of M.E.L.U.S. (University of Calcutta, University of Delhi, University of Chandigarh.)

12Anne-Marie Paquet-Deyris has taught at Harvard and Université de Lille. She currently is a professor at Université de Rouen. A specialist of Afro-American literature and culture, she wrote her dissertation on Toni Morrison. A 1996 book, Toni Morrison: figures de femmes, was published by the Sorbonne Univ. Press. She is also the author of numerous articles on cinema and the adaptation of literary sources to the screen.

13Daniel Peltzman is Associate Professor of American studies at Université de Franche-Comté, in Besançon. He received his Ph. D. from Université de Paris VII, Denis Diderot. He has published a series of articles on the antiCommunist Witch Hunt and Hollywood labor organizations. He is currently at work on a book about the Conference of Studio Unions, 1941-1948.

14Round Table Discussion: Paula L. Woods, Gar Anthony Haywood, BarbaraNeely and some participants

15Stephen F. Soitos is the author of The Blues Detective. A Study of African American Detective Fiction. This book has won a Popular Culture Association award and American Library Choice Award. He worked with James Baldwin at the University of Massachusetts. He has also published many essays on African American literature and culture including pieces on Zora Neale Hurston, Chester Himes, Clarence Major and a complete analysis of African American art.

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