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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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AFEA Member (Association Française d’Etudes Américaines/French Association for North American Studies)

SAES Member (Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur/Society for English Studies Academics)

ASLCE Member (Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment)

EASLCE Member (European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment)

Research lab: CRESEM, at the University of Perpignan, France.

She coordinated the  International Ecopoetics Conference “Dwelling of Enchantment: Writing and Reenchanting the earth.” University of Perpignan, France, June 22-26th 2016.

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.

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Paper Presentations in Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops and Seminars

ØInternational Conferences/Colloques internationaux:

“Be(com)ing Animal and Reconnecting with Humans’ Animal, Non-Human Nature in Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer.” International CEFRES Conference “The Human-Animal Line: Interdisciplinary Approaches.” Prague, 7-9 February 2017.

“Ecopoet(h)ics of Reenchantment of the Wild: Barbara Kingsolver’ Poetico-Scientific Writing of the Wondrous Energy of Life.” International EASCLE 7th Bi-annual Symposium. “Wildness without Wilderness”: The Poiesis of Energy and Instability.” Université Libre de Bruxelles, 27 October to 30 October 2016.

“Ecopoet(h)ics of Interspecies Connections in Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer.” International Ecopoetics Conference “Dwelling of Enchantment: Writing and Reenchanting the earth.” University of Perpignan, France, June 22-26th 2016.

“Crouching Specters and Hidden Masters in ‘Black Man and White Woman in Dark Green Row Boat,’ by Russell Banks.” International Conference: “Haunting in Short Fiction and Its Adaptations.”  University of Angers, France, November 20-21st 2015.

“Postcolonial and Ecocritical Readings of Liminality in Linda Hogan’s Solar Storms and People of the Whale.” International Conference organized by EMMA on “New Ecotones: Encounters, Crossings and Communities.” University of Montpellier, June 2015.

“Speaking of the Devil… Magic, Myth, Folktales and Fairy Tales in Annie Proulx’s Omnivorous Wyoming Stories.” 13th International Conference on the Short Story in English on “Unbraiding the Short Story.”  University of Vienna, July 2014.

“Revisting the Universal Significance of Mythologies: Barbara Kingsolver’s Syncretic and Mythopoeic Short Story ‘Jump-Up Day.’ ” Conference organized by the Université Catholique de Lille and the CRILA on “Southern Short Fiction : Representation and Rewriting of Myth.” Université Catholique de Lille, June 2013.

“Silent Nature as a Claw in the Gut: Shock Therapy Epiphanies in Annie Proulx’s Wyoming Stories.” Conference organized by the GENA on “‘Lifting the Environment to Expression’: American Representations of Place. University of Toulouse-le-Mirail, March 2013.

“Prodigal vs Barren Nature in Barbara Kingsolver and Annie Proulx’s Ecofeminist Writings.” 5th EASLCE International Conference on “Natura Loquens: Eruptive Dialogues, Disruptive Discourses” at the University of La Laguna, Tenerife, June 2012.

“Inheriting Bad Dirt and White Trash in Annie Proulx’s Anti-Fairy Tale Wyoming Stories.” 44th AFEA (French Association of American Studies) Congress on “Heritage” at the University of Perpignan UPVD, May 2012.

“The Vertigo of Reiteration through Adaptation: Nicompictopoop Representations in City of Glass and Smoke.” Conference organized by the CAS on “Circulations entre les arts: interroger l’intersémioticité.” University of Toulouse-le-Mirail, March 2012.

“Unreal, Fantastic and Improbable Flashes of Fearful Insight in Annie Proulx’s Wyoming Stories.” Conference organized by the CRILA-CERLI-CERIEC, on “Fantastic Apparitions.” Angers University, November 2011.

« Comment lire l’impossible dans le recueil de nouvelles Over to You: Stories about Flyers and Flying de Roald Dahl ». Conference organized by the CIRCPLES, « Formes et Stratégies du Refus. » Nice University, January 2011.

“Crossings in Roald Dahl’s Pilot Stories Over to You: Stories about Flyers and Flying”, Conference organized by the CLIMAS, «Le Passeur », Univesrity of Bordeaux-3, June 2010.

“Deviance as a Road to (F)Lying in Paul Auster’s Fiction”, Conference organized by the CLIMAS,  « La Déviance », University of Bordeaux-3, 17-19 September 2009.

“Literary Resistance in Barbara Kingsolver’s ‘Homeland’”, Conference organized by the CLAN, « La Résistance », University of Bordeaux-3, 23-25 November 2006.

« Défamiliarisation et révélation dans la nouvelle ‘Jump-Up Day’ de Barbara Kingsolver ». Atelier « Nouvelle »,  SAES Symposium “L’étrange, l’étranger”, Nantes, May 2006.

“Aimé Césaire’s A Season in Congo and Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible in the light of Postcolonialism.” Conference Organized by the CAS, « Divergences et Convergences », University of Toulouse-2 Le Mirail, 16-18 March 2006.

“Barbara Kingsolver’s Homeland and Other Stories about Another America.” Conference organized by the GENA « Espaces et Terres d’Amérique », at the University of Toulouse2-le-Mirail, 1-2 April 2005.

“Redesigning Cultural Territories through the Rewriting of Oral Traditions in Barbara Kingsolver’s Mythopoeic ‘Homeland.’” Orality in Short Fiction Workshop, ESSE Conference at the Univesrity of Zaragoza, 8-12 September 2004.

“Discovering, Recovering, Covering and Uncovering the ‘Covered Bridges’ in Barbara Kingsolver’s Homeland and Other Stories.” Conference organized by the TRACT, « Traduire l’Intertextualité », Paris: La Sorbonne, 15-16 October 2004.

“Barbara Kingsolver’s Mythopoeic and Oxymoronic Short Stories: A Multicultural Attempt at Recreating Myths Newly Compatible with Contemporary Culture.” Conference “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Short Fiction Theory and Criticism”, University of Salamanca, Spain, 24-26 March 2004.

 

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Ø Workshops and Seminars/ Journées d’études et Séminaires de Recherche

“La décomposition par la liminalité chez Linda Hogan à travers deux romans, Solar Storms et People of the Whale.” University of Perpignan Via Domitia. VECT workshop, Otcober 2015.

“The Vertigo of Reiteration through Adaptation: Nicompictopoop Representations in  City of Glass and Smoke.” Workshop organized by the CAS on “Circulations entre les arts,” University of Toulouse-2 le-Mirail, March 2012.

« La nouvelle en recueil dans Homeland and Other Stories de Barbara Kingsolver ». Workshop organized by the European Short Story and Short Fiction Research Team, University of Toulouse-le-Mirail, 27 Febuary 2004.

« Une Profession de foi en la littérature postcoloniale à travers le roman de Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible, pour une vision syncrétique et multiculurelle ». Workshop organized by the RAFUTM, University of Toulouse-le-Mirail, 23 May 2003.

“Reading the Implicit in the Metatextual and Intertextual Dimensions of Barbara Kingsolver’s Short Stories”. Work In Progress of the CAS, University of Toulouse-le-Mirail, 13 June 2003.

« Lectures de l’implicite dans la nouvelle obsidienne « Stone Dreams » de Barbara Kingsolver ». Invited Speaker for the Short Story in English Research Pole at the CRILA, University of Angers, 10 October 2003.

« La figure de Patrice Lumumba, du mythe politico-héroïque au mythe littéraire dans The Poisonwood Bible de Barbara Kingsolver et Une Saison au Congo d’Aimé Césaire ». Workshop organized by the RAFUTM, University of Toulouse-le-Mirail, 13 May 2002.

« Statuts et configurations de la nouvelle contemporaine : la nouvelle-oxymore de Barbara Kingsolver ».Workshop organized by the European Short Story and Short Fiction Research Team, University of Toulouse-le-Mirail, 07 June 2002.

« La Nouvelle-oxymore dans le recueil Homeland and Other Stories de Barbara Kingsolver ». Work In Progres of the CAS, University of Toulouse-le-Mirail, 14 June 2002.

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Published Work

Phd Thesis

Meillon, Bénédicte et Andrée-Marie Harmat (Directrice). La Nouvelle-oxymore de Barbara Kingsolver : la révélation des écritures et l’écriture des révélations. Atelier national de reproduction des  thèses : Lille, 2005.

Published Work/Publications

“Ecopoet(h)ics of Interspecies Connections in Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer.” A Paraître dans Dwellings of Enchantment: Writing and Reenchanting the Earth. Work in progress, ed. B. Meillon. Should be published by Lexington Books: Ecocritical theory and Practice, 2017.

“Crouching Specters and Hidden Masters in ‘Black Man and White Woman in Dark Green Row Boat,’ by Russell Banks.”Forthcoming in Short Fiction in Theory and Practice: Special Issue: Haunting in Short Fiction and Its Adaptations. Autumn 2017.

“Becoming Animal, Vegetal and Elemental, or Becoming Human ?: Liminality and Magical Realism in Linda Hogan’s Solar Storms and People of the Whale. ” Provisionally accepted for publication in SAIL (Studies In American Indian Literatures), 2017.

“Silent Nature as a Claw in the Gut: Shock Therapy Epiphanies in Annie Proulx’s Wyoming Stories.” Natura Loquens/Natura Agens. Eds. Carmen Flys and Juan Ignacio Oliva. Forthcoming in 2017.

« Ecopoétique du regard et de la liminalité : entrelacs des formes du vivant dans la fiction de Linda Hogan ». La Planète en partage/Sharing the Planet. Presses Universitaires du Midi, 2016: 129-148.

“Revisiting the Universal Significance of Mythologies: Barbara Kingsolver’s Syncretic and Mythopoeic Short Story ‘Jump-Up Day.’ ”  The Journal f the Short Story in English. Representation and Rewriting of Myths in Southern Short Fiction. N° 67.

“The Vertigo of Reiteration through Adaptation: Nicompictopoop Representations in City of Glass and Smoke.” Circulations entre les arts : interroger l’intersémioticité. Fabula/Les colloques.  Nov 2016. Available online:  http://www.fabula.org/colloques/document3961.php.

“Annie Proulx.” Entrée dans la deuxième edition de The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales & Fairy Tales. Eds. Anne Duggan and Donald Haase, 2015.

“Unreal, Fantastic and Improbable Flashes of Fearful Insight in Annie Proulx’s Wyoming Stories.” The Journal of The Short Story in English.  Eds. Linda Collinge and Michelle Ryan-Sautour. N° 62, 2014.

“Inheriting ‘Bad Dirt’ White Trash, and ‘Dump Junk’: the Art of Recycling in Annie Proulx’s Wyoming Stories.” Thy Truth Then Be Thy Dowry: Questions of Inheritance in American Women’s Literature. Ed. Stéphanie Durrans. Cambridge Scholars, 2014.

“Crossings in Roald Dahl’s Pilot Stories Over to You: Stories about Flyers and Flying.” La figure du Passeur Ed. Pascale Antonin et al. Pessac: Maison des Sciences de l’Hommes d’Aquitaine, 2014.

« Comment lire l’impossible dans le recueil de nouvelles Over to You: Stories about Flyers and Flying de Roald Dahl ». Online Publication: Cycnos Volume 28, , 2012: Le Refushttp://revel.unice.fr/cycnos/index.html?id=6555.

« Deviance as a Road to (F)lying in Paul Auster’s Fiction », Pratiques et esthétique de la déviance en Amérique du Nord, sous la direction de Pascale Antolin  et Arnaud Schmitt, aux Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, 2012.

« Literary Resistance in Barbara Kingsolver’s “Homeland” ». Le travail de la résistance. Sous la direction d’Yves-Charles Grandjeat, aux Presses Universitaires de la Maison desSciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine et Pessac, 2008.

“Aimé Césaire’s A Season in Congo and Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible in the light of Postcolonialism.” Divergences & Convergences. Anglophonia : Presses Universitaires du Mirail. N°21, 2007.

« Barbara Kingsolver’s “Homeland” and Other Stories about Another America. »  Actes du Colloque « Espaces et terres d’Amérique », à L’Université de Toulouse-le-Mirail. Anglophonia : Espaces et Terres d’Amérique/Mapping American Spaces. PressesUniversitaires du Mirail. N° 192006.

“Translating the ‘Covered Bridges’ in Barbara Kingsolver’s Short Stories”. Palimpsestes : Traduire l’intertextualité. Presses Universitaires de la Sorbonne. N° 18, juin 2006. Avec exemplier.

La Nouvelle en recueil Dans Homeland and Other Stories de Barbara Kingsolver“. Champs du Signe.Ed. François-Charles Gaudard. Presses Universitaires du Sud. N° 21, 2006.

« L’implicite dans ‘Stone Dreams’de Barbara Kingsolver », L’implicite dans la nouvelle de langue anglaise. Ed. Laurent Lepaludier.Rennes : Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2005.

« La nouvelle-oxymore dans le recueil Homeland and Other Stories, de Barbara Kingsolver »Champs du Signe. Ed. François-Charles Gaudard. Editions Universitaires du Sud. N° 19, 2004.

« Barbara Kingsolver ». [Interview]Journal of the Short Story in English. Presses  Universitaires d’Angers. N° 41, Numéro Spécial : 20e anniversaire du JSSE, automne 2003.

 

Filmed Interview / Entretien filmé:

  • Entretien avec Barbara Kingsolver. An interview with Barbara Kingsolver, Toulouse: 2005. With transcript and translation. Video at canalu.fr

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Current projects

I am currently rewriting a more mature version of my PhD on Barbara Kingsolver’s oxymoronic art of the short story, and hope to complete and publish the manuscript by the end of 2017.

I am working on three volumes of collaborative ecocritical and ecopoetical research, following the International Conference on Ecopoetics to be held at the University of Perpignan, France June 22nd-June 25th 2016: “Dwellings of Enchantment: Writing and Reenchanting the Earth.” Two of these will be co-edited with Dr. Margot Lauwers. These works question whether literature might help humans reenchant the earth and thereby lead to changes in the way we relate to and treat other-than-human nature in our anthropocene era. For more on the conference and ensuing publications: http://ecopoeticsperpignan.com/

I am working on a paper in ecocriticism and ecopoetics to be presented at the next EASCLE conference in Brussels (see above), where I will be chairing a panel on “Ecospiritual and Ecopsychological Readings.”

I am also reasearching for a paper to be presented at the CEFRES international in Pragues, and hope to attend the next ASLE conference in Detroit on “Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery,” with a paper entitled “Applachian Resistance Against Gaïa’s Agony in Ann Pancake’s Strange as his Weather Has Been.”

I will be co-chairing the Ecocriticism and Ecopoetics panel with Yves-Charles Grandjeat, at the AFEA conference in Strasbourg, June 7-9th 2017.

I am part of the scientific committee and will be chairing a panel within the La Rochelle International Conference on “Women and Popular Culture,” May  4-6th 2017.

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