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Environmental and ecological readings

Philippe Laplace

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1 Marion Amblard teaches at Grenoble Alpes University and is a researcher in British studies. Her research mainly focuses on Scottish painting from the 18th century onwards. She has published several articles on Scottish art and is the author of ‘The Scottish painters’ exile in Italy in the eighteenth century’ (2010) published in Études Écossaises. She has recently contributed a chapter to the book Living with Jacobitism, 1690-1788 (2014) edited by A.I. Macinnes, K. German and L. Graham. She is also a regular contributor to Scottish Art News, a magazine published by the Fleming Collection.

2 Christian Auer is professor of British studies at the University of Strasbourg. His main areas of interest are British and Scottish history and more particularly the history of the Highlands of Scotland. His papers have been published in a number of journals and volumes. His present research focuses on the writing of history and the themes of gender and national identity in Scotland. He published two books in 2013: Luttes et résistances des femmes écossaises, 1838-1915, Paris, L’Harmattan. Scotland and the Scots 1707-2007 A Reader, Strasbourg, Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg.

3 Jean Berton is Professor at Université Jean Jaurès, Toulouse, and currently President of the French Society for Scottish Studies. Following his doctorate on Iain Crichton Smith’s works, his research essentially belongs to the field of modern Scottish literature (he co-edited with Ian Brown – president of ASLS – The Roots and Fruits of Scottish Culture in 2014) in the main three languages in Scotland – he has published articles on how to translate plurilingual texts into monolingual French, and is now working on a publication on the languages of/in Scotland

4 Cyril Besson is a lecturer in English at UFR de Langues étrangères – Université Stendhal. A specialist of 19th-century Scottish literature, he has examined the concepts of nation and nationhood, authority and the various modes of ‘naturalisation’ of the arbitrariness of social and cultural constructs. He has co-edited the issue of the electronic journal Representation on ‘History and Political Discourse’ with Pr. V. Molinari, and the book, Ville et environnement: regards croisés sur le monde postcolonial (2014) with André Dodeman.

5 Sarah Bisson teaches English in Paris Teachers’ Training College (Université Paris Sorbonne). Her training and work experience has led her to conduct research into both Scottish literature and didactics. After focusing on the representation of space in Sir Walter Scott’s novels, she is now interested in narrative strategies in contemporary Scottish literature. She has published articles on Sir Walter Scott’s Jacobite novels and secondary school English textbooks.

6 Danièle Berton-Charrière, is a Professor Emerita in Clermont Ferrand’s Blaise Pascal University. Her research and numerous publications deal with Elizabethan, Jacobean and contemporary drama and theatre, intersemioticity, authorship, stylometry and stylostatistics, related to works written between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. So far, she has translated Cyril Tourneur’s The Atheist’s Tragedy and, on commission, the translations of two of Irish Enda Walsh’s plays, as well as The Tailor of Inverness by Scottish Matthew Zajac and The people next Door by Scottish Henry Adam (the four of them written between 1997 et 2008).

7 Béatrice Duchateau is a research assistant at the University of Burgundy, Dijon, where she teaches anglophone literature and translation. She is completing a PhD on MacDiarmid, entitled ‘Problematics of Bonds in MacDiarmid’s poetry’. Her research interests include poetry, Scottish literature and modernism. She has already published ‘MacDiarmid: l’idéal du poète tisserand’, F. Bort & V. Dupont (eds), Texte, texture, textile: variations sur le tissage dans la musique, les arts plastiques et la littérature, Dijon, 2013; ‘Urban Scotland in MacDiarmid’s Glasgow Poems’, Études Écossaises, n° 15.

8 Philippe Laplace lectures at the University of Franche-Comté, Besançon. He is the author of a monograph on Gunn, Les Hautes-Terres, l’histoire et la mémoire dans les romans de Neil Gunn (2006) and has co-edited various books: Cities on the Margin; On the Margin of Cities (2003); The Irish Celebrating. Festive and Tragic Overtones (2008); Mobility, movement and transference of cultures and identities in the English-speaking world, (2010); Marges & périphéries dans les pays de langue anglaise (2014). He is the publishing director of the online review e-CRIT3224.

9 Jessica Aliaga Lavrijsen is a Senior Lecturer at the Centro Universitario de la Defensa Zaragoza (Spain) and a publisher at Jekyll & Jill. After finishing her Doctoral Thesis on contemporary Scottish fiction, she has published several articles, book chapters and books on Scottish literature, such as The Fiction of Brian McCabe (Peter Lang, 2014), as well as on trauma, such as Is This a Culture of Trauma? (Interdisciplinary Press, 2013), as she is also a member of the project ‘Trauma and Beyond: The Rhetoric and Politics of Suffering in Contemporary Narrative in English’.

10 Robin MacKenzie, taught for many years at the University of Swansea and is now Honorary Lecturer in the School of Modern Languages at St Andrews University. He has published a number of articles on modern (post-1850) French fiction, mainly on the work of Marcel Proust. His current research interests lie in comparative literature: recent publications include articles on Proust as reader of Stevenson, and on ecological themes in novels by Lawrence Norfolk and Christoph Ransmayr.

11 Camille Manfredi lectures in Scottish Studies at the University of Brest. She has published widely in English and French in the areas of Scottish contemporary literature and visual arts. Her published works include a monograph titled Alasdair Gray. Le Faiseur d’Écosse, published by Presses Universitaires de Rennes in 2012. She is also the editor of Alasdair Gray: Ink for Worlds, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.

12Anne McKim is Professor of English at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Until 2013 she was also a Senior Research Fellow at the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research at the same institution. Her teaching and research focus on British, especial Scottish, literature; she also contributes to the field of educational research. Recent publications include: her edition of A Journey Through Scotland (1723) by John Macky (2014); with Kirstine Moffat, “Transformed understandings: Subjective interpretation and the arts,” Waikato Journal of Education 19 (2), 2014; and “Transforming conceptual space into a creative learning place: Crossing a threshold,” Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, March 2015.

13 Alan Riach is the Professor of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University and past-President of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 2006-10. He is the general editor of the Collected Works of Hugh MacDiarmid, the author of Representing Scotland in Literature, Popular Culture and Iconography and co-author with Alexander Moffat of both Arts of Resistance: Poets, Portraits and Landscapes of Modern Scotland, described by the Times Literary Supplement as ‘a landmark book’ and Arts of Independence: The Cultural Argument and Why It Matters Most (2014). His fifth book of poems, Homecoming (2009), follows Clearances (2001), First & Last Songs (1995), An Open Return (1991) and This Folding Map (1990).

14 Stewart Smith is currently completing his PhD on the poetry and art of Ian Hamilton Finlay and Alec Finlay at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. His research covers their engagement with Scottish culture and the international avant-garde, using cultural materialist and ecocritical approaches. He has presented at several conferences and his research has been published in the journal Revista Canaria De Estudios Ingleses, no. 62 April 2011, pp. 55–70. He is also freelance music and arts writer for The Wire, The Quietus, The List and The Herald.

15 Monika Szuba, Monika Szuba completed her PhD on the subject of strategies of contestation in the novels of contemporary Scottish women authors. She has published a number of articles on contemporary fiction and poetry. She is co-organizer of International Literary Festival BETWEEN in Sopot, Poland. She is also co-editor of the between.pomiędzy series published by the University of Gdańsk Press and one of the founding members of the Textual Studies Research Group as well as the Scottish Studies Research Group at the University of Gdańsk. Her research interests include contemporary British poetry and prose.

16 David Steel studied at the University of St Andrews. He spent two years working in Lincolnshire, working on A Lincolnshire Village, Corby Glen in its Historical Context (Longman, 1979). In 1976 he returned to Scotland where he worked as a fisheries economist. In 1981 he moved to Brussels where he worked with the European Parliament, advising members on a range of policies. In 1997 he joined the private office of the President, before retiring to Scotland in1999. Today, he is responsible for a web site devoted to landscapes of Dumfries & Galloway <>, has written The Gatehouse Adventure and is chairman of the Gatehouse Development Initiative.

17Yann Tholoniat, is Professor at the University of Lorraine. He has written a number of articles on Robert Burns, William Blake, Thomas De Quincey, Robert Browning, Wilfred Owen and Joseph Conrad, and also in Spanish on Pío Baroja, Vicente Huidobro and Juan Carlos Onetti. He edited Culture savante, culture populaire dans les pays anglophones (RANAM n° 39, 2006), and co-edited Culture savante, culture populaire en Écosse (RANAM n° 40 / 2007) with Christian Auer. His latest book is ‘Tongue’s Imperial Fiat’: les polyphonies dans l’œuvre poétique de Robert Browning (Strasbourg, 2009).

18 William Welstead has been variously a steelworks metallurgist, teacher, management consultant and Welsh hill farmer. In parallel with his formal career, he has followed academic interests in ecology, environmental justice, social science and literature. He gained a PhD in 2012 with a thesis on ‘Braided Narratives’: an Ecocritical Reading of Contemporary Welsh poetry in English and now researches independently on the interplay between culture, ecology and literature. His publications include ‘The role of culture in the sustainable use of a “cultural landscape”: a case study from the Hebridean machair’, Green Letters – Studies in Ecocriticism, 19: 1, 2015, 75-88.

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