Gerd Bayer is a tenured faculty member (Akademischer Oberrat & Privatdozent) at Erlangen University, having previously taught at the University of Toronto, at Case Western Reserve University, and at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The author of 'Greener, more mysterious processes of mind': Natur als Dichtungsprinzip bei John Fowles (LIT, 2004), the editor of Mediating Germany: Popular Culture between Tradition and Innovation (Cambridge Scholars, 2006), of the Europe volume of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture (Greenwood, 2006), and of Heavy Metal Music in Britain (Ashgate, 2009), as well as the coeditor, with Rudolf Freiburg, of Literatur und Holocaust (Königshausen & Neumann, 2008) and, with Ebbe Klitgard, of Narrative Developments from Chaucer to Defoe (Routledge, 2011), he has also published articles on postmodern and postcolonial literature, early modern fiction, Holocaust studies, mockumentary film, and heavy metal. He recently completed a monograph on paratextual poetics in the Restoration novel and is currently working on a four-volume edition of John Fowles’s unpublished fiction.

Myriam Bellehigue is Senior Lecturer at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. She is the author of a thesis and sev­eral arti­cles on Elizabeth Bishop. She has worked on poetry and short fic­tion (Flannery O’Connor, Amit Chaudhuri), focusing on the the­matics and aes­thetics of exile.

Corinne Blanchaud
is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cergy-Pontoise and a member of the « Centre de Recherches Textes et Francophonies ». She specialises in twentieth-century literatures in French and has co-edited and edited several books, as well as written a number of articles on francophone literature.

Pierre-Marc de Biasi
is a CNRS research director (Institute for Texts and Modern Manuscripts, ITEM) and a member of the editorial board and contributor of several journals (Magazine littéraire, Genesis, Cahiers de médiologie). He is also the editing manager of several literary or critical collections (Hachette Supérieur, Seuil, CNRS éditions). His main field of research is literary genesis and he is the author of numerous theoretical texts on the analysis of modern manuscripts and the genesis of literary works, on the history of writing and on new technologies, as well as of several essays, editions and studies of Flaubert’s texts and manuscripts. P.-M. de Biasi is also a specialist of the history of paper; he published works on art history and is involved in creative researching in visual arts (painting, sculpture, installations). Website: http://www.pierre-marc-debiasi.com

Stéphanie Dord-Crouslé is a CNRS researcher in Lyon, a member of the research unit LIRE-UMR 5611 (« Littérature, Idéologies, Représentations, XVIIIe-XIXe siècles », research group ENS de Lyon). A Flaubert specialist, she has edited several of his novels, and more recently his Voyage en Orient, in collaboration with Claudine Gothot-Mersch (Œuvres complètes, 1845-1851, tome II, Gallimard, « Bibliothèque de la Pléiade », 2013). She is currently working on the edition of Trois contes in collaboration with Pierre-Louis Rey, to be published in the same series. She is the author of a study guide on Flaubert’s posthumous novel: Bouvard et Pécuchet de Flaubert, une « encyclopédie critique en farce » (Belin, 2000), and of numerous articles on the writer. She is coordinating the digital edition of Flaubert’s documentary files for Bouvard et Pécuchet (http://www.dossiers-flaubert.fr/, ANR Corpus, 2007) to which issue 13 of the journal Revue Flaubert is dedicated (http://flaubert.univ-rouen.fr/revue/sommaire.php?id=15).
Web page: http://lire.ish-lyon.cnrs.fr/spip.php?rubrique92.

Pierre-Jean Dufief
is Professor at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre and works on the realist and naturalist novel, focusing in particular on the Goncourt brothers’ work. At the University of Brest, he chaired for 12 years the CNRS’s UMR specialised in the study of correspondences. He published several editions of correspondences: Correspondance Goncourt-Daudet (Droz, 1996); Correspondance Flaubert-Goncourt (Flammarion, 1998); Correspondance générale des Goncourt, vol. 1 (Champion, 2003), and directed the volume Lettre et Critique (Université de Bretagne occidentale, 2003).

Jeremy Elprin is a doctoral fellow at the University of Paris Diderot. After completing an M.St. in Romantic Studies at the University of Oxford, he began his doctoral research, under the supervision of Jean-Marie Fournier, in 2011. His dissertation focuses on the textual and theoretical challenges to reading the correspondence of John Keats as a “literary” corpus. His recent publications include an article on the ties between Keats’s letters and the posthumous writing of his life (“‘[T]he Life which was, as it were, already written’: biographizing epistolary Keats”, Etudes Anglaises, Oct.-Dec. 2013). He coordinates, with two colleagues, the doctoral seminar “Romantic Commons” at the University of Paris Diderot (inaugurated in March 2014).

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).

Vanessa Guignery is Professor of 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 (Macmillan, 2006), and Conversations with Julian Barnes (Mississippi Press, 2009), co-edited with Ryan Roberts, as well as a monograph entitled Seeing and Being: Ben Okri’s The Famished Road (PUF, 2012). She has published articles on various British and postcolonial contemporary authors, as well as a monograph on B.S. Johnson, This is not Fiction (Sorbonne UP, 2009). She translated Jonathan Coe's biography of B.S. Johnson, Like a Fiery Elephant, into French (Quidam, 2010). She edited and co-edited several collections of essays on contemporary British and post-colonial literature including (Re)mapping London (Publibook, 2008), Voices and Silence (CSP, 2009), Chasing Butterflies: Janet Frame’s The Lagoon and Other Stories (Publibook, 2011), Hybridity: Forms and Figures in Literature and the Visual Arts (CSP, 2011), The Famished Road: Ben Okri's Imaginary Homelands (CSP, 2013), and a special issue of the Journal of American, British and Canadian Studies on Julian Barnes (Sibiu, 2009). Her collection of interviews with eight contemporary writers, Novelists in the New Millenium, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.
Website: www.vanessaguignery.com

Jean-Marc Hovasse
is a CNRS research director (Institute for Texts and Modern Manuscripts, UMR CNRS/ENS). He wrote a biography of Victor Hugo (Avant l’exil, 1802-1815 and Pendant l’exil I, 1851-1864, Fayard, 2001 and 2008) and he is currently working on the third and last volume. He directed three collective works focusing on literary correspondences (Correspondance et poésie and Correspondance et biographie in 2011; Correspondance et théâtre in 2012) and edited several works by Victor Hugo, the latest of which is The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (New York, Toronto, Everyman’s Library, 2012).

KE Lingxiang holds a Master’s Degree from the University Sorbonne-Nouvelle-Paris III and is a third-year PhD student in British Literature at the University Montpellier III and the University of Bergamo, where she is co-supervised by Pr. Christine Reynier and Pr. Rossana Bonadei. The title of her thesis is Virginia Woolf’s Letters: Writing in the Making.

Hubert Malfray completed his Ph. D. at the University of Paris IV- Sorbonne in English literature, and is specialized in Victorian literature (questions of the relation between crime and aesthetics, literary minor genres, more precisely popular versus canonical literature). He teaches English literature in Hypokhâgne and Khâgne, at the Lycée Claude-Fauriel in Saint-Étienne.

Sarga Moussa is director of research within the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and he spe­cial­izes in the study of lit­erary Orientalism and of 19th cen­tury travel lit­er­a­ture. Within the LIRE unit, he works more par­tic­u­larly on cul­tural alterity. His themes of predilec­tion are the Orient in French lit­er­a­ture, the pro­gres­sive and indus­tri­alist doc­trines of Saint-Simon, the the­o­ri­sa­tions of racialism, slavery. He has taught in sev­eral uni­ver­si­ties, in France and abroad (Switzerland, Germany, Lebanon). His main pub­li­ca­tions include La Relation ori­en­tale (Klincksieck, 1995), Lamartine, Voyage en Orient, édition établie, présentée et annotée (Champion, 2000), Le voyage en Égypte (Laffont, « Bouquins », 2004), L’Orientalisme des saint-simoniens (dir., avec Michel Levallois, Maisonneuve et Larose, 2006), Le Mythe des Bohémiens dans la lit­téra­ture et les arts en Europe (dir., L’Harmattan, « Histoire des sciences humaines », 2008).
Webpage : http://lire.ish-lyon.cnrs.fr/spip.php?rubrique103&lang=fr

Jean-Pierre Naugrette is Professor of English Literature at the University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle Paris 3. He is a R.L. Stevenson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle specialist, on which he has written a number of essays, and organized international conferences, like the recent Sherlock Holmes Conference at Cerisy-la-Salle in August 2014. He has published several books on both writers. He has also translated and edited Ch. Dickens, Joseph Conrad, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe and Edith Wharton. His work as a novelist includes a rewriting of Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Le crime étrange de Mr Hyde, Actes Sud, 1998), a novel on Freud’s last days in Austria and England (Exit Vienna, Le Visage Vert, 2012), and a fiction on Edward Hopper’s paintings (Edward Hopper, Rhapsodie en bleu, Nouvelles Éditions Scala, 2012).

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).

Christine Planté is Professor of French literature at University of Lyon 2. She is a specialist of XIXth century literature and more particularly the writings of women (Mme de Staël, George Sand, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore). She studies the representations and the construction of genre, as well as the theories on the differences between sexes.
Web page: http://lire.ish-lyon.cnrs.fr/spip.php?rubrique106&lang=fr

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.
Webpage : http://lire.ish-lyon.cnrs.fr/spip.php?rubrique132&lang=fr

Laetitia Sansonetti
holds a PhD in English literature from University Paris 3. Her doctoral dissertation bore on the representations of desire in Elizabethan narrative poetry (Marlowe and Chapman, Shakespeare, Spenser). Her publications include articles on Shakespeare’s and Marlowe’s drama and poetry, as well as on Spenser’s allegorical devices, medical lore and narrative practices. She also co-edited a collection of articles on women in Early Modern England (Les Femmes et leurs représentations en Angleterre de la Renaissance aux Lumières, Paris: Nouveau Monde éditions, 2009). Her current research bears on the reception of the classics, the question of authorship and authority, and the links between poetry and politics in late Elizabethan England. She has recently published a French translation of Elizabethan tales that inspired Shakespeare (William Painter et alii, Roméo et Juliette avant Shakespeare, Paris: Aux Forges de Vulcain, 2014).

Catherine Thomas-Ripault is Senior Lecturer in nineteenth-century French literature and teaches at the University of Bretagne Occidentale. She is a member of the Centre d’Etude des Correspondances et Journaux Intimes (Centre for Studies in Correspondences and Diaries) (EA7289) and works accordingly on the correspondences involving Théophile Gautier, Flaubert, and on the diary kept by the Goncourt brothers as well as on romantic biographies. She also studies the representation of the eighteenth century in the prose fictions of the nineteenth century.

Benedetta Zaccarello is a research fellow at the CNRS. She is researching the history of ideas and of contemporary French philosophy, genetic criticism and authorial philology, literary theory and the aesthetics of reception, the relationship between philosophy and literary criticism in France in the 19th century, the forms and practices of abstract writing, feminine writing and upcoming gender. She graduated as a philosopher but she started dealing with manuscripts when she worked on the critical edition of Paul Valéry’s Cahiers. She is interested in the archives of contemporary philosophy – French philosophy in particular – and wishes to analyse written materials in their relationship with the cultural and social contexts within they have been produced. Professional webpage: http://lire.ish-lyon.cnrs.fr/spip.php?rubrique166&lang=fr


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