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Reading Percival Everett

Claude Julien
Anne-Laure Tissut

Contributors, in Alphabetical Order

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Denis Jourdain took a copy of the French translation of erasure to Africa, Someone picked the book and began to read to a small audience in the shade of a baobab. (Photo by Denis Jourdain, École des Beaux Arts de Tours, 2006.)

1Jacqueline Berben-Masi, MCF d’anglais, teaches English for Special Purposes at the Faculté de Droit de l’Université de Nice: legal, economic and political English and English for business. Nonetheless, her primary research is in the literary domain. Besides Percival Everett, she has published studies on John Edgar Wideman, Toni Morisson, James Baldwin and Law and Literature in English and work on travel literature by French and English writers.

2Kathie Birat teaches African American and Caribbean literature at the University Paul Verlaine-Metz. She has published articles on American writers such as Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and John Edgar Wideman. Her work in the area of Caribbean literature as been devoted in particular to Caryl Phillips, Fred D’Aguiar, Earl Lovelace and Robert Antoni.

3Yves 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). He is a member of the Cercle d’Etudes Afro-Américaines.

4Françoise 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.

5Michel Feith is an Associate Professor in American Literature at the University of Nantes, France. He has spent several years abroad; his experience of living in Australia, Japan, and the United States has sensitized him to issues of multiculturalism. His doctorial thesis was entitled “Myth and History in Chinese American and Chicano Literature” (1995), and his publications include articles on Maxine Hong Kingston, John Edgar Wideman and the Harlem Renaissance. On the latter subject he edited, with Professor Geneviève Fabre, Jean Toomer and the Harlem Renaissance (Rutgers University Press, 2001) and “Temples for Tomorrow”: Looking Back at the Harlem Renaissance (Indiana University Press, 2001).

6Fritz Gysin is Professor emeritus of English and American Literature at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He has written two books, /The Grotesque in American Negro Fiction//: Jean Toomer, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison/ (1975) and /Model as Motif in Tristram Shandy/ (1983), has edited/Apocalypse/ (1999), /Black Liberation in the Americas/ (with Christopher Mulvey, 2001), and /Complexions of Race /(with Cynthia S. Hamilton, 2005), and has published many articles on American literature. His research interests are boundaries in recent African American fiction and the interfaces of Black fiction and Black Jazz.

7Claude Julien teaches American studies at Université François-Rabelais, Tours, France. His research field is African-American fiction and history. He defended a Doctorat d’Etat “L’Enfance et l’adolescence chez les romanciers afro-américains, 1853-1969” in 1981 (Paris VIII University). He has published a number of papers in the field. Among his recent contributions: he has been guest editor of Callaloo’s John Wideman issue (vol. 22, n° 3), of GRAAT #27 “Cross Perspectives on African-Americans—Celebrating Michel Fabre”, co-editor of a volume on Jean Toomer’s Cane (Ellipses) and of a collection of essays on African-American detective fiction (CRAFT #3). He is a founding member of the Cercle d’Etudes Afro-Américaines (CEAA) and the Tours “Axe Afro-Américain” research team (JE 2450). He currently is a member of the Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) Executive Committee.

8Patrycja Kurjatto-Renard was born in Poland and lives in France. She studied in Poland, Portugal, France and the USA and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Tours, France, in 2001. Her early research focused on Native American novelists such as N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko and James Welch. Then she broadened its scope to compare the writings of women belonging to different ethnic groups: Asian American, Black American and Native American. Thus, in her PhD dissertation, she focused on three contemporary women novelists: Louise Erdrich, Amy Tan and Gloria Naylor. Her subsequent research deals with the issues of acculturation, immigration and identity perception from a comparative point of view. Although the writers she has been working on are usually American, she has also presented a paper juxtaposing Chinese American and North African French immigration fiction. Dr. Kurjatto-Renard is a member of such research associations as MESEA, CAAR and EAAS.

9Anne-Marie Paquet-Deyris specialises in African American literature. She is Full Professor of American Literature and Cinema at Rouen University. Her books, among which Toni Morrison. Women’s Portraits, Paris 4-Sorbonne Press, 1996, A Streetcar Named Desire [Williams; Kazan], Editions Ellipses, 2003, and Dracula [Stoker; Coppola], Editions Atlande, 2006, mostly focus on contemporary Afro-American Literature and screen adaptations. She is also currently working on a book soon to be published by CinemAction on American horror movies as well as on articles on the semiotics of filmic images and Anglo-Saxon literature at large.

10Maïca Sanconie holds a Ph. D. degree from the University of Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle where she defended a dissertation on Black American Painters: 1945-1980. A writer, translator, and independent scholar, she has delivered papers on and published several essays on African-American artists, translation and the relationship between literature and the arts, and has also published two books of fiction. She is currently an editor for The Benezit Dictionary of Painters and Sculptors (Editions Gründ, Paris).

11Anne-Laure Tissut is Associate Professor of American Literature at Université de la Sorbonne, Paris IV, France. She is the author of a monograph on contemporary American novelist Paul West, Paul West: la littérature à sensations (Belin: Paris, 2001) and has translated Percival Everett’s novels Erasure, American Desert and Wounded as well as poet Nick Flynn’s memoirs, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. She is currently translating Everett’s novel Glyph (for Actes Sud) as well as Aryn Kyle’s The God of Animals (for Gallimard). Her current research, in literature and aesthetics, focuses on the forms and motifs of the ephemeral and the sublime in contemporary American literature and arts, with a specific emphasis on prosody, the study of the material features of language and of the correspondences between image and text. Translation finds its place in her research not only as a revealing agent of stylistic features but also as an agent of continuity, promoting passages and mutations.

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