J.-M.G. Le Clézio Dictionary

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The dictionary is still in production. Translated articles will be added gradually.

The J.-M.G. Le Clézio Dictionary: Academic Panel

Academic Advisor: Adina BALINT is Professor at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. Her research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century literature, mainly on the poetics of creation, self-other relations, and transculturalism. Her recent publications include Le Processus de création dans l’oeuvre de J.M. G. Le Clézio (Rodopi/Brill, 2016) and several articles on the works of Le Clézio. She co-edited with Isa Van Acker Les Cahiers J.M.G. Le Clézio no. 7, (« Les goût des langues, les langues à l’œuvre », 2014). In 2021, she became the coordinator of the online J.-M.G. Le Clézio Dictionary

Previous Academic Advisors:

Rachel BOUVET (2018-2021)

Marina SALLES (2013-2018)

Section: Critical Texts

Sabrinelle BEDRANE is Senior Lecturer at La Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3. As a specialist in the short story, she is responsible for the section ‘Short Stories’ in The J.-M.G. Le Clézio Dictionary. She has co-edited texts on the Minimalist Story (Éditions Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle), on a French short story writer, Annie Saumont, as well as on the short stories of Le Clézio (with Isabelle Roussel-Gillet). She was co-editor of Les Cahiers J.-M. G .Le Clézio no. 11 on the narrative in Le Clézio’s texts and is preparing an edited volume on the contemporary short story (Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2017).

Sophie JOLLIN-BERTOCCHI is Senior Lecturer in French Language and Literature at the University of Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines (Université Paris-Saclay). Her research fields include the prose of the twenty and twenty-first centuries, narrative fiction, stylistics, the sentence in fiction and the history of style. She has published several articles on the works of Le Clézio as well as J.M.G. Le Clézio: l’érotisme, les mots (Paris, Éditions Kimé, coll., ‘Détours littéraires’, 2001). She has also contributed to an edited volume on his novels: J.M.G. Le Clézio, Lectures d’une oeuvre edited by S. Jollin-Bertocchi and B. Thibault (Nantes, Éditions du Temps, Université de Versailles, 2004).

Thierry LÉGER is Senior Associate Dean of the Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of French at Kennesaw University State (USA) and Co-Director of the International Council on Francophone Studies (www.cief.org). His dissertation analyses “Existentialism, Nouveau Roman, and Postmodern in Le Clézio’s works.” He has also published articles on Le Clézio in several journals including Europeand Les Cahiers J.-M.G. Le Clézio, and he has co-directed with Isabelle GILLET-ROUSSEL and Marina SALLES, Le Clézio, passeur des arts et des cultures, 2010 and with Fredrik WESTERLUND, La Violence dans les premières œuvres, Les Cahiers Le Clézio, n° 9, 2016.

Isabelle ROUSSEL-GILLET is Senior Lecturer HDR (Research Director) and museum curator of book forms at the University of Artois. Her research areas include the novel of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, contemporary short stories, books written by artists and the dialogue between the arts. After serving as President of the Association of the Readers of Le Clézio (2013-2015), she became chief editor of the Les Cahiers J.-M.G. Le Clézio in 2015. She is the coordinator (editor) of five edited volumes on J.M.G. Le Clézio. These include no. 23 of the Cahiers Robinson and no. 55 of Roman 20-55. She is the author of three books on J.M.G. Le Clézio, the most recent being J.-M.G. Le Clézio, l’oeuvre féconde (Éditions Passages(s), 2016).

Bernadette REY MIMOSO-RUIZ is Professor of General and Comparative Literature and Director of Research at the Catholic Institute of Toulouse. She is coordinator of the team ‘Cultures, Hermeneutics and Transmission’ (U.R. C.E.R.E.S.) and Director of the journal Inter-Lignes. Her principal areas of research are francophone literatures of the South, myths and tales as well as film adaptions of literary texts. She has also focused on the works of J.M.G. Le Clézio to which she has devoted numerous articles.

Section: Characters

Bénédicte MAUGUIÈRE. Full professor in the Department of French Studies at Colby (USA) where she teaches Indian Ocean Islands literature. She edited with Bruno Thibault the special issue 20.2 (Fall 2005) J-M-G Le Clézio of the Nouvelles Études Francophones (NEF). She is the author of numerous articles on Indian Ocean literature and Le Clézio published by the Presses de l'Université de Maurice/Karthala, Europe, Rencontres avec l'Inde. She also contributed to several essays on Le Clézio including S. Bertocchi-Jollin's "Le Clézio: Intertextualités, Interculturalités".

Nicolas PIEN is Doctor in Literature at the University of Caen, Normandy. His thesis focused on ‘the autobiographical writing of J.M.G. Le Clézio’ and this became the subject of his book Le Clézio ou la quête de l’accord originel (Paris, L’Harmattan, 2004). He continues to work on Le Clézio whilst also teaching at the University of Caen and in a grammar school in Caen. He also works as a publisher at the Éditions Passage(s).

Marina SALLES, PhD, is Associate Research Fellow at the ‘Centre in International and European History’ of the Universities of Nantes and La Rochelle. She is the author of several monographs and essays on Le Clézio: Le Clézio, notre contemporain (PUR, 2006), Le Clézio ‘peintre de la vie moderne’ (L’Harmattan, 2007) and La Tour, les Choses, La Guerre, Hélène Bessette, Georges Perec, J.M.G.Le Clézio (Passage(s), 2018 . She was co-editor of Les Cahiers J.-M.G. Le Clézio no.1 (A propos de Nice), no. 6 (Voix de femmes) and of the edited volume Le Clézio, passeur des arts et des cultures (PUR, 2010). She was Secretary of the Association of the Readers of Le Clézio from 2006 to 2012 and editor of the online J.-M.G. Le Clézio Dictionary from its creation in 2013 to 2018.

Section: Places

Rachel BOUVET is Professor in the Department of Literary Studies at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Her research areas include space, the fantastic, geopoetics and theories of reading. She has published three works: Étranges récits, étranges lectures. Essai sur l’effet fantastique (PUQ, 2007 [1998], Pages de sable. Essai sur l’imaginaire du désert (XYZ, 2006), and Vers une approche géopoétique. Lectures de K. White, V. Segalen et J.M.G .Le Clézio (PUQ, 2015). She was co-editor with Claire Colin of Les Cahiers J.-M.G. Le Clézio no.10, ‘Habiter la terre’.

Jean-Claude CASTELAIN was born in Mauritius, and is now settled in Quebec. He has a degree in French Literature and Language and has worked as a teacher and journalist in Madagascar and in Mauritius. He pursued a career at the headquarters of the University Bureau for Francophone Studies in Montreal where he held several positions, including that of Director of the Department of French Studies and editor of university news broadsheets. He has campaigned for the teaching of francophone literatures at university and for the recognition of creole languages. A lover of island spaces, he is a keen follower of the nomadic life.

Eileen LOHKA is Professor at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on the francographic literatures of the Mascareignes and of the West Indies, on minority writing and on problems of identity and of memory. As a writer born in Mauritius (Jean Fanchette Prize 2006 for C’était écrit, Déclinaisons masculines, 2015), she has published La Femme, cette inconnue Isle de France, terre des hommes (île Maurice, L’Atelier d’écriture, 2013). She is the author of several articles on the works of J.M.G. Le Clézio and has co-edited Les Cahiers J.-M. G. Le Clézio no.6, ‘Voix de femmes’ (2013).

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