Literature and Textual Studies Axis: Past Events

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The History of the Literature and Textual Stuidies Axis:

The recent history of English language literary research at Nancy 2 begins with the creation of the GERAC (Groupe d’Étude sur le Récit Anglais Contemporain) research group in 1989 by Fiona MacPhail and Michel Morel. This research group, which later became the GERA (Groupe d’Étude sur le Récit Anglais/Anglophone), was directed by Michel Morel until 2002, then by Claire Omhovère until 2008 and finally by David Ten Eyck from 2008 to 2010. In response to the changing direction of its members’ research interests and activities, the GERA became ITL (Itinéraires du Texte et du Livre – Book and Text Itineraries) in 2008.

Past Activities 2008-2011:

  • The activities organised in 2010-2011 allowed scholars working in the literary and textual axis of IDEA to continue to develop the dialogue they have undertaken with other research groups engaged in similar work, both in France and abroad. Most specifically with the CRIDAF at Paris 13, the Pôle des Métiers du Livre de Saint-Cloud, and SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing).
  • 2009-2010 saw the development of activities within the new research fields proposed to members of IDEA the previous year, by way of seminars, including joint seminars with colleagues working on civilisational/historical subjects within IDEA, and a one-day conference on the literary subjects proposed for the French competitive exams (the Agrégation and CAPES), which included several invited speakers. Programme journee d’etude ITL 05.03.2010. This academic year also saw the publication of Lives of the Book: a collection of essays devoted to questions related to the history, materiality and future of the book in the French and English-speaking worlds.
  • 2008-2009 was a year of transition from the former emphasis of IDEA literary research on English language narratives to a new emphasis on textual studies and book history. Left Out: Texts and their Ur-Texts, was publisehd over the course of this academic year. Finally, the axis organised an international conference entitled Perceptions et représentations de l’espace dans le monde anglophone / Perceptions and Representations of Space in the English Speaking World on May 5-6 2009.