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Alain BLAYAC is a former Fulbright-Hays scholar (1972), and, later, a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Colorado at Boulder and Boston University. He was also a Visiting Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford (1987). He is the author of Evelyn Waugh, romancier satirique (Presses Universitaires de Lille 3, 1981), Evelyn Waugh and A Handful of Dust (Presses Université Montpellier 3, 1986), and the editor of Evelyn Waugh, New Directions (Macmillan, 1992), and of Richard Aldington, Essays in the Honour of the Centenary of his Birth (Presses Universitaires de l’Université Paul Valéry, 1993). He has published numerous articles on 19th and 20th century British literature (E. Brontë, Joyce, Lawrence, Orwell, Greene, Waugh etc...). A former director of Études britanniques contemporaines (Ebc), he was also the President of the Société d’études anglaises contemporaines (SEAC) and the vice-president of the Evelyn Waugh Newsletter. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier 3.
Lynn BLIN is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and Translation at Paul-Valéry University, Montpellier 3. Her research is on the link between grammar and style, notably in the works of Alice Munro. She has also written on different uses of Standard English in modern fiction and on the grammar of humour.

Catherine BERNARD

Catherine BERNARD is Professor of English literature and art history at Paris Diderot University. Her research has focused both on Modernism and on contemporary fiction and visual culture (Graham Swift, Peter Ackroyd, Martin Amis ; Gillian Wearing, Rachel Whiteread, Sam Taylor-Wood…). She has co-edited several volumes of articles on Woolf among which Woolf as Reader. Woolf as Critic, or, the Art of Reading in the Present (Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2011). She is the author of a critical study of Mrs Dalloway (Gallimard, 2006), of a translation and critical edition of Flush (Gallimard, coll. La Pléiade, 2012). Her most recent publication is a translation and critical edition of a selection of Woolf’s essays (Gallimard, 2015). She is currently preparing a book on the body politics of contemporary British fiction and visual arts. She is the President of the Société d’Études Anglaises Contemporaines (SEAC).


Françoise DUPEYRON-LAFAY is Professor of 19th century British literature at Université Paris Est Créteil (UPEC, formerly known as Paris 12). She specialises in mainstream Victorian writers such as Dickens or George Eliot, in Gothic and fantastic texts (Le Fanu, H. G. Wells, M. R. James) and in detective fiction (Wilkie Collins, A. Conan Doyle, G. K. Chesterton), highlighting the hybridization and cross-fertilization between genres in the Victorian and Edwardian periods, but also closely focusing on questions of style and poetics as in her papers on humour. She wrote Le Fantastique anglo-saxon (1998), translated George MacDonald’s Lilith (1895) into French in 2007, editing the proceedings of four conferences [Le Livre et l’image dans les œuvres fantastiques et de science-fiction (2003), Détours et hybridations (2005), Les représentations du corps. Figures et fantasmes (2006), and Poétiques de l’espace (2007) and published a monograph on Thomas De Quincey’s autobiographical works entitled L’Autobiographie de Thomas de Quincey. Une Anatomie de la douleur (2010).


Caroline DUVEZIN-CAUBET is a former student from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, where she studied from 2010 to 2014 and passed the "Agrégation" in English in 2013. She is currently part of the inter-disciplinary research unit LIRCES at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, where she is also a first-year PhD candidate under the supervision of Professor Christian Gutleben. Her thesis is entitled « Para-, néo-, rétro-, alter-littérature : le décentrement de la fantasy néo-victorienne contemporaine, élaboration d'une poétique » (Towards a poetics of contemporary neo-victorian fantasy as a de-centering : para-, neo-, retro- or simply other-literary ?)


Brigitte FRIANT-KESSLER is senior lecturer at the University of Valenciennes (France) where she teaches visual culture in the English-speaking world from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Her research is on graphic arts in general, ranging from engravings to modern comic book design, as well as caricature. She has given papers on remediation, intermediality, as well as on contemporary British graphic novels (Tamara Drewe by Posy Simmonds ; Tristram Shandy and Gulliver's Travels by Martin Rowson ; Alice in Sunderland by Bryan Talbot). As a Sterne scholar, she has specialised in word and image studies and visual adaptations. In 2013, she contributed to a collection of essays on Sterne and humour which marked the Tercentenary of the birth of the author. Recent publications cover areas as diverse as eccentricity in Regency satire, the epistemology of laughter in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, film adaptation and Macbeth in manga. She is currently researching a monograph on Mary Darly (fl. 1756-1779) a London printseller, caricaturist, and engraver. In 2014, she contributed to an exhibition of Great War art and worked on Käthe Kollwitz. As a member of EIRIS (Equipe interdisciplinaire de recherche sur l'image satirique), she has launched a one-year project to mark the bicentenary of the death of James Gillray and his legacy (conference early 2016). She is one of the founding members of Illustr4tio, a research group and network of 4 French universities (Dijon, Nancy, Mulhouse) who organise international symposia on various aspects of illustration studies. On the editorial board of Revue de la Société des Etudes Anglo-Américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, she is the picture officer and cover designer for that journal.

François GALLIX

François GALLIX is Emeritus Professor of XXth century British Literature at the Sorbonne. He has presented many contemporary British authors, including Alan Sillitoe, Peter Ackroyd, David Lodge, Julian Barnes, Jonathan Coe, Graham Swift, Hanif Kureishi, Will Self and has published several books and articles about them. His reasearch now concentrates on the works of Graham Greene. He has recently discovered and published in The Times and in The Strand a detective novella by Greene. He has edited two volumes on Greene, published by Robert Laffont (2011).

Jean-Michel GANTEAU

Jean-Michel GANTEAU is Professor of English literature at the University Paul-Valéry, Montpellier. He is the general editor of the journal Etudes britanniques contemporaines. Among his recent publications are Trauma and Romance in Contemporary British Literature (Routledge, 2103) and Contemporary Trauma Narratives: Liminality and the Ethics of Form (Routledge, 2014) co-edited with Susana Onega. His The Aesthetics and Ethics of Vulnerability in Contemporary British Fiction is due to be published in 2015 by Routledge (Contemporary Literature series).


Justine GONNEAUD has completed a Phd on Androgyny in Contemporary British Literature at Paul Valéry, University of Montpellier III, under the supervision of Pr Jean-Michel Ganteau. She currently teaches undergraduate courses in the department of English at the University of Avignon.


Vanessa GUIGNERY is Professor of contemporary English and Postcolonial Literature at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon and a member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She is the author of several books and essays on the work of Julian Barnes, including The Fiction of Julian Barnes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). She also published a monograph on B. S. Johnson, This is not Fiction (Sorbonne UP, 2009), and Seeing and Being: Ben Okri’s The Famished Road (PUF, 2012). She edited and co-edited several collections of essays on contemporary British and post-colonial literature. Her recent publications are Novelists in the New Millenium (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and The B. S. Johnson - Zulfikar Ghose Correspondence in 2015 (CSP). Her monograph on Jonathan Coe for the New British Fiction Series of Palgrave Macmillan will appear in the Fall of 2015. Website:

Christian GUTLEBEN

Christian GUTLEBEN is Professor at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, where he teaches nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-third-century British literature and where he directs the journal Cycnos. His research focuses on the links between the Victorian and the postmodernist forms of art, and he is the author of one of the earliest critical surveys of neo-Victorian literature, Nostalgic Postmodernism: The Victorian Tradition and the Contemporary British Novel (Rodopi, 2001, reedited 2013). He has also published books on the English campus novel and Graham Greene, as well as numerous articles on postmodernism in British literature, and is co-editor (with Marie-Luise Kohlke) of Rodopi’s Neo-Victorian Series, including Neo-Victorian Tropes of Trauma: The Politics of Bearing After-Witness to Nineteenth-Century Suffering (Rodopi, 2010), Neo-Victorian Families: Gender, Sexual and Cultural Politics (Rodopi, 2011), Neo-Victorian Gothic: Horror, Violence and Degeneration in the Re-Imagined Nineteenth Century (Rodopi, 2012), and Neo-Victorian Cities: Reassessing Urban Politics and Poetics (Rodopi/Brill 2015). The last two volumes of the Series (Neo-Victorian Humour and Neo-Victorian Biofiction) are due to be published in 2016 and 2017.


Georges LETISSIER is professor of English Literature at Nantes University, France. He has published articles both in French and in English, in France and abroad (Aracne, Palgrave Macmillan, Rodopi, Routledge, Dickens Quarterly) on Victorian literature (C. Dickens, G. Eliot, W. Morris, C. Rossetti) and on contemporary British fiction (P. Ackroyd, A.S. Byatt, A. Gray, A. Hollinghurst, L. Norfolk, I McEwan, W. Self, G. Swift, S. Waters, J. Winterson). He has published a monograph on Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier (Éditions du Temps, 2005). He has edited a volume entitled Rewriting, Reprising: Plural Intertextualities, Cambridge Scholars (December 2009) and co-edited with Michel Prum a book on Darwin’s legacy in European cultures (l’Harmattan 2010). He has worked extensively on Dickens and After Dickens recently whilst keeping a keen interest in the most recent developments in contemporary British fiction-writing. His interest in Ford Madox Ford as a hinge between late Victorianism and Modernism has been unflagging over the years and he has recently submitted a chapter on Dickens read by Ford: “Between the English nuvvle and the Novel of Aloofness: Charles Dickens’s Proto-(High) Modernism” to be pusblished by Ashgate and another one Ford and the cultures of Paris to be published by Rodopi.

Laurent MELLET

Laurent MELLET is Professor of British literature and film at the Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès. His research fields are 20th- and 21st-century British literature, interactions between political ideologies and literary aesthetics, film theory and adaptation. He is the head of ARTLab (Atelier de Recherche Toulousain sur la Littérature et les Arts Britanniques) in the research team CAS (EA 801), in which he is the co-director of the new research programme "Constructing the individual and the collective". He is the co-author with Shannon Wells-Lassagne of Étudier l’adaptation filmique-Cinéma anglais, cinéma américain (PUR, 2010), the co-editor with Sophie Aymes of In and Out: Eccentricity in Britain (CSP, 2012), and the author of L’Œil et la voix dans les romans de E. M. Forster et leur adaptation cinématographique (PULM, 2012). He has written several papers on modernist and contemporary literature, and on film theory and aesthetics. His monograph on Jonathan Coe was published by the PUPS in 2015 (Jonathan Coe. Les politiques de l’intime).


Valérie MORISSON is a lecturer in English at the University of Burgundy, Dijon, France. Her research is on Irish contemporary art and its relation with post-nationalist culture. She investigates how political, social, and cultural evolutions in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are reflected in visual culture (painting, sculpture, installation, performance, video, photography). Her articles focus on a wide range of subjects ranging from feminist art, the issue of memory and the commemoration of history, to post-nationalist revisionism and the Northern-Irish situation as reflected in art. Several of her articles tackle photography and performance art in both an Irish and a European perspective.


Merritt MOSELEY is the editor of four volumes on British and Irish Novelists Since 1960, one on Booker Prize-Winners and one on the academic novel, and the author of monographs on David Lodge, Kingsley Amis, Julian Barnes, Michael Frayn, and Pat Barker. His book Understanding Jonathan Coe will be published by the University of South Carolina Press in 2016. He is a Professor of Literature at the University of North Carolina at Asheville in the US.


Catherine PESSO-MIQUEL is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Lyon 2. Her research focuses on the contemporary novel and on travel literature, exploring questions of narratology, intertextuality, postcolonialism, and problematics linked to identity and feminism. She has published books and articles on American novelists (Willa Cather and Paul Auster), British novelists (Graham Swift in particular) and Indo-Anglian authors. She published a monography on Paul Auster in 1996 (Toiles trouées et désert lunaires dans Moon Palace de Paul Auster, Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle), Willa Cather in 2001 (Alexander’s Bridge, de Willa Cather, Éditions du Temps), Salman Rushdie in 2007 (Salman Rushdie, l’écriture transportée, Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux) and on Anita Desai in 2008 (In Custody de Anita Desai, Atlande).


David QUANTICK is a comedy writer and broadcaster. For TV, he has written for on the BBC’s The Thick Of It and The Day Today and HBO’s Veep. As a radio writer, he created Radio 4's One and Radio 2's The Blagger's Guide. He also writes short films, comics and e-novels and is the author of How To Write Everything, a book about writing. His novel The Von Fremdenplatz Documents will be printed by Unbound this year.


José RAMON PRADO specializes in post-war political drama in contemporary British theatre, and has research interests in popular culture and literature. Works include Revisiones críticas del teatro alternativo británico contemporáneo 1968-1990 [Critical Revisions of British Alternative Drama 1968- 1990] (2000) and the co-edited New Literatures of Old: Dialogues of Tradition and Innovation in Anglophone Literature (2008).He is the founder and editor in chief of the Cultural, Language and Representation, a cultural studies journal published by Universitat Jaume I. He was a member of the ‘Estudios sobre intermedialidad como mediación intercultural,’ a three-year research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. He has also participated in ‘Representations of the Precarious in Contemporary British Theatre.’ a project funded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD).


Aloysia ROUSSEAU is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Paris-Sorbonne where she teaches British and American Literature. She is the author of several articles on the plays of Martin Crimp and has published a book on Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia (Paris: Atlande, 2011). Her PhD, completed in 2010, aimed at identifying a revival of the comedy of menace in contemporary British theatre and her current research focuses on the various forms of comedy and laughter in 20th and 21st century British theatre as well as on the subversion of popular genres.


Lacy RUMSEY lectures in British and American poetry at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon. His research focuses on the formal aspects of poetry in English, in particular rhythm. He is currently writing a book on the prosody of free verse.
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Emilie WALEZAK is a lecturer (MCF) at Université Lumière Lyon 2. A specialist of contemporary British literature, she has devoted several articles to the processes of rewriting in the works of A. S. Byatt, Jeanette Winterson, Rose Tremain and Angela Carter and is the co-editor of A Myriad of Literary Impressions :L’intertextualité dans le roman contemporain de langue anglaise, dir. Jocelyn Dupont et Emilie Walezak, Presses Universitaires de Perpignan, 2010 and Au nom du Père : les réécritures contemporaines de la Passion, dir. Maxime Decout et Emilie Walezak, to be published by Classiques Garnier, coll. « Rencontres ».

Graham WOLFE

Graham WOLFE is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at the National University of Singapore. He holds a PhD in Drama from the University of Toronto, and his articles have appeared in journals such as Mosaic, Modern Drama, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Theatre Research in Canada and The International Journal of Žižek Studies.

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