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Bénédicte Meillon-Himmelstein is Maître de Conférences (Associate Professor) in English Studies at the Université de Perpignan Via Domitia (UPVD, in Perpignan) where she teaches mostly translation and literature (the short story, American literature, and postcolonial literature).

She is a member of the Perpignan CRESEM (Centre de REcherche sur les Sociétés et Environnements en Méditérranée) research laboratory. She has co-founded and co-directs the Ecocriticism & Ecopoetics workshop at the University of Perpignan, with Professor Jonathan Pollock (check out our events schedule and activities on our website dedicated  to Ecocriticism & Ecopoetics http://ecopoeticsperpignan.com/).

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She is a member of the following academic associations:

The AFEA, Association Française d’Etudes Américaines

The SAES : Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur

ASLE Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

EASLE: European Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

She has written a PhD on Barbara Kingsolver’s short stories, which she defended in 2005 at the University of Toulouse-le-Mirail. She is a specialist of the short story in English, of magical realism and ecopoetics. She has also worked on Paul Auster’s and Russel Banks’ works, on various aspects of translation, of postcolonialism and mythopoeia in Barbarbara Kingsolver’s writing, and on the representation of aviation in the arts and literature, mostly Roald Dahl’s aviation short stories. She has been working on ecofeminist and ecopoetic readings of  Annie Proulx’s Wyoming stories, as well as the rewriting of myths and fairy tales in Proulx’s short fiction. She has in the past few years been focusing more and more on Ecocriticism and Ecopoetics, and is devoted to the advance of the field in France. She has recently been writing ecocritical and ecopoetical readings of  works by Linda Hogan, Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Pancake.

She designed the website http://ecopoeticsperpignan.com/, which was first dedicated to the International Ecopoetics Conference in Perpignan, June 2016 (videos, interviews, abstracts and photo gallery on line). She has recently been working closely with Dr. Margot Lauwers on the restructuring of the website, making it grow into a platform for the advance of Ecocriticsm & Ecopoetics in France.

She is co-supervising Caroline Durand-Rous’s PhD on “The Reinvention of Totemism in Contemporary American-Indian Literature,” jointly with Professors Bernadette Rigal-Cellard and Pascale Amiot.

Bénédicte Meillon spent four years of her life as a child in Phoenix, Arizona. She later on spent one year in England, teaching French as a French Assistant at Marlborough College, in Wiltshire. Before teaching at the UPVD, she has worked as a Professeur Agrégée at the French Civil Aviation School (ENAC: Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile), in Toulouse from 2007 to 2011. She has also lectured at the University of Toulouse-Le-Mirail for six years, first while writing her PhD as Allocataire-Monitrice, then as a full-time Attaché Temporaire à l’Enseignement et à la Recherche (ATER), and then as Professeur Agrégée (PRAG).

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Her pride and joy are her two daughters, whom she loves more than anything else in the world.

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Photos B. Meillon

benemeillon {at} gmail. com

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