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Journalisme littéraire et Afrique du Sud

Ecole d’été Journalisme littéraire et Afrique du Sud – De la guerre des Boers jusqu’à la période post-apartheid

Nancy, du 30 mai au 3 juin

organisée par John Bak (IDEA)

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Literary journalism – or journalism as literature – is journalistic writing that reads like fiction but which is based entirely on immersive research, eyewitness accounts and verifiable facts as closely scrutinized as possible. Situated comfortably between two axes of media pedagogy and research, literary journalism (journalisme littéraire in French, literarische Reportage in German, literaire journalistiek in Dutch) represents a form of written communication that is both literary and journalistic in form and aesthetic but which informs and educates the public, provides detailed historical and cultural contexts and editorial commentaries and, potentially, alters socio-political policy and opinion.
The third Summer School of the ReportAGES research project, a five-day graduate course for Master’s and PhD students – throughout Europe and, potentially, South Africa – of Journalism, Communications, Media Studies, English, German, or French Literature, Cultural Studies or Government Policy, will explore how historical trends in narrative literary journalism in France, Germany, England and the Netherlands from the Anglo-Boer War to post apartheid reshaped the media landscape of each country, distinguishing a European development of the genre not just from its Anglo-American cousins but also from each other.
Following morning and afternoon workshops and lectures on nine principal themes treated in literary journalism (e.g., the Anglo-Boer War, documentary aesthetics, concentration camps, colonialism, the popular press, apartheid, Afrofuturism, etc), students (Master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral) and interested faculty members will be introduced to the historical and cultural motivations behind the current popularity of literary journalism in South Africa, France, and other nations.
At the end of the course, students will be required to develop their own pedagogical unit (modeled after one of the nine themes presented or based on an entirely different theme not addressed during the course) and present it orally in English, French or German.

The Summer School is recognized by the Erasmus+Mobility/Staff Training.

Futurs africains. ELA 54 (2022)

Sortie de presse : 10 mars 2023
Ce numéro sera envoyé dans la foulée aux membres cotisants (2022) de l’Association ainsi qu’aux abonnés.

C’est le bon moment pour renouveler votre cotisation 2023 (si ce n’est pas encore fait !).

Futurs africains : utopies et dystopies

Textes réunis par Ninon Chavoz et Anthony Mangeon

  • Où va l’Afrique ? Narrer les futurs africains, entre prospective et science-fiction (Ninon Chavoz et Anthony Mangeon)
  • Écologie et technologie dans les fictions d’épidémie : l’Afrique du futur entre dystopie et utopie chez Paul McAuley, Lauren Beukes, Deon Meyer et Namwali Serpell (Francesca Cassinadri)
  • L’Afrique au risque de la fiction : représentations de la menace djihadiste chez Jean-Marc Ligny, Deji Bryce Olukotun et Gavin Chait
    (Vittoria Dell’Aira)
  • Lueurs utopiques dans les dystopies climatiques africaines d’Ayerdhal, Jean-Marc Ligny, Wanuri Kahiu et Nick Wood (Khadr Hamza)
  • Une « soif de lendemain »: le futur dans le premier théâtre de Sony Labou Tansi (Céline Gahungu)
  • Le lien animal : utopies et dystopies de la science-fiction contemporaine (Elara Bertho)
  • Rejets de l’utopie, retours en dystopie : ambiguïtés semi-périphériques et discontinuités génériques dans la trilogie Rosewater de Tade Thompson (Peter J. Maurits)
  • Rouge impératrice de Léonora Miano : invitation et convocation des « métaphores du futur » (Mélissa Buecher-Nelson)
  • Temporalités et subjectivité post-apocalyptiques dans Les Écailles du ciel de Tierno Monénembo (Susanne Goumegou)

À propos… de l’afrofuturisme

2022, année afrofuturiste ? (comptes rendus)

Futurs africains : dialogue entre Frédéric Neyrat et Anthony Mangeon

  • Une Afrique renversante : à propos de L’Afrique au futur : le renversement des mondes d’Anthony Mangeon (Frédéric Neyrat)
  • Des anges noirs et des porcs-épics : à propos de L’Ange noir de l’Histoire : cosmos et technique de l’Afrofuturisme de Frédéric Neyrat
    (Anthony Mangeon)


  • « Infuser des avenirs désirables » : entretien avec Michael Roch à propos de Tè Mawon (Ninon Chavoz et Anthony Mangeon)
  • Saga familiale, éthique et science-fiction : entretien avec Annie Lulu
    (Ninon Chavoz et Anthony Mangeon)
  • Que faire ? ou le dilemme du thé et du café : entretien avec Gavin Chait (Ninon Chavoz, Vittoria Dell’Aira et Anthony Mangeon)

Comptes rendus

CFP: Generic Boundaries in South African Literature: a Revaluation

CFP Commonwealth Essays and Studies 46.1 (Spring 2023)

Special issue: ‘Generic Boundaries in South African Literature: a Revaluation’

Proposals should be sent by 31 July 2022 to the editors of the issue: Mélanie Joseph-Vilain ( and Gilles Teulié ( Articles will be due by 31 October 2022.

In an article provocatively entitled ‘“In a Country where You couldn’t Make this Shit up”?: Literary Non‐Fiction in South Africa’, Hedley Twidle examines the relationship between fiction and non-fiction in South Africa and reaches the conclusion that ‘one is left with the paradox that the centuries-old opposition of “the novel” and “history” can hardly be abandoned. Provoking the complex play of responsibility and irresponsibility that lies at the heart of reading the literary (non-fictional or otherwise), this binary remains – such is the complexity of apprehending texts, and the sheer volume of narratives that must be processed in a digital world – both inhibiting and energizing; inadequate and indispensable.’ (Twidle 2012: 25) Such works as J. M. Coetzee’s ‘autrebiographies’ or Antjie Krog’s A Change of Tongue, for instance, paradoxically challenge this binary while simultaneously reasserting its existence, thus calling into question not only the relationship between ‘reality’ and ‘fiction,’ but also the very validity of the concept of literary genres. Of course, one should not fall into the trap of thinking ‘that history equals “nonfiction,” which would also produce the reverse equation that non-fiction equals history’ because ‘such an equals sign would be (and has been) extraordinarily limiting, constraining the kind of writing that can be done, whether fiction, non-fiction, or history,’ as Stephen Clingman rightly points out in his answer to Twidle’s article (Clingman 2012: 54). Yet, it seems that the South African literary landscape has always been, and can still be, defined through this prism.
In relation to this, a remarkable evolution has been the rise of crime narratives, either fictional, like the novels written by Deon Meyer, Margie Orford, or Jassy MacKenzie, to mention just a few examples, or non-fictional, as shown by the rise of ‘true crime’ – a trend which, Leon de Kock contends, testifies to the fact that ‘postapartheid literature is inescapably bound to the time of before’ (De Kock 2016: 58) and to what could be described as an archeological impulse.

This call for papers invites proposals for an issue entitled ‘Generic Boundaries in South African Literature: a Revaluation’ which will aim to examine what is at stake in the distinction between fiction and non-fiction, but also, more generally, in the fluidity of boundaries between genres in South African literature. We invite contributions on South African literary works which show an awareness of the shifting boundaries between fiction and nonfiction (true crime, new journalism…), but also, possibly, between prose and poetry or between realism and fantasy.


Clingman, Stephen (2012). “Writing Spaces: Fiction and Non-Fiction in South Africa” Safundi 13.1-2, 51-58.
De Kock, Leon (2016). Losing the Plot. Crime, Reality and Fiction in Postapartheid Writing. Johannesburg: Wits University Press.
Twidle, Hedley (2012). “‘In a Country where You couldn’t Make this Shit up’?: Literary Non‐Fiction in South Africa” Safundi 13.1-2, 5-28.

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The Legacy of a Troubled Past

Legacy of a Troubled Past: Commemorative Politics in South Africa in the 21st century

Les Presses Universitaires de Provence et Liverpool University Press ont le plaisir d’annoncer la parution de l’ouvrage collectif The Legacy of a Troubled Past: Commemorative Politics in South Africa in the 21st century (coll. « Sociétés contemporaines », 2022) sous la direction de Bernard Cros, Mathilde Rogez et Gilles Teulié.

Présentation de l’ouvrage

Since the advent of democracy in 1994, South Africa has been engaged in an unprecedented exercise of national soul-searching, torn between the need to lay to rest centuries of racial conflict and the desire to come to terms with its traumatic history.
This book asks whether the country has begun to turn the corner on the legacy of collective hurt. To do so it ranges in scope across 350 years of South African history, encompassing the struggle against the apartheid regime, the downfall of white supremacy, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the first 25 years of democracy, up to more recent movements, such as #RhodesMustFall, or the inquests into the 2012 Marikana massacre, that point to the persistence of traumatic memory in contemporary society.
The authors assembled here set out to analyse the representation of such memory, how it has been woven into narratives, recorded, preserved and questioned, and how issues of individual and collective responsibility have been grafted onto it through the visual arts, literature, political discourse and public action.
In focusing on memory along with its derived forms of memorialization, collective memory, nostalgia, or post-memory, our contributors pose a fundamental question: is South Africa finally coming to the end of the post-apartheid transition period? Do the decades of memory work on racial violence and repression examined here hold out hope for the nation to make peace with its past?

Table des matières

Introduction : Bernard Cros, Mathilde Rogez, Gilles Teulié

1. The Struggle, Past and Present: the Memorialisation of Violence

  • Sabine Marschall, ‘Bruised Landscape of Memory: The Vandalism, Abuse and Neglect of Statues and Commemorative Monuments in South Africa.’
  • Fanny Robles, ‘On the (In)Appropriate Ways to Remember Racial Oppression: Brett Bailey’s Exhibit A and B.’
  • Annael Le Poullennec, ‘How to Remember Marikana: Memory, Narratives and mise en scène.’

2. The Ambiguous Memorialisation of Heroes

  • Brenda Schmahmann, ‘Monumental Disruptions: Usha Seejarim’s Commemorations of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.’
  • Mélanie Joseph-Vilain, ‘Commemorating Piet Retief: Justin Cartwright’s Up Against the Night (2015).’
  • Shannen L. Hill, ‘Borrowing Biko: Visual Critiques of Capitalism in South Africa.’

3. Learning and Unlearning: Memories and/for the Future

  • Fiona McCann, ‘“Unlearning” the Past, Reappraising the Present in Antjie Krog’s Life Writing: The Double Valence of Disposition.’
  • Philippe Denis, ‘Memory Work with IV/HIV Positive Children under Antiretroviral Treatment in KwaZulu-Natal.’
  • Cécile Perrot, ‘Youth, Memory and Politics in Post-Apartheid South Africa.’

Epilogue : Gary Baines, ‘From Reconciliation to Contentious Co-existence: Memory Work and Wars in Post-apartheid South Africa.’

Pour commander :
ISBN 979-10-320-0349-7
ISSN 2265-5913

The Suburbs: New Literary Perspectives

The Suburbs

New Literary Perspectives

University Press Copublishing Division / Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

978-1-68393-302-1 • Hardback • February 2022

Edited by Marie Bouchet; Nathalie Cochoy; Isabelle Keller-Privat and Mathilde Rogez – Contributions by Véronique Béghain; Nicolas P. Boileau; Marie Bouchet; Aurore Clavier; Nathalie Cochoy; Claire Fabre-Clark; Paul Farley; Olivier Gaudin; James Gifford; Heinz Ickstadt; Nathalie Jaëck; Isabelle Keller-Privat; Bastien Meresse; Stacey Olster; Ged Pope; Jérémy Potier; Mathilde Rogez; Richard Samin; Michael Symmons Roberts and Ivan Vladislavić

While suburbs provide a rich field of research for sociologists, architects, urbanists and anthropologists, they have not been given much attention in literary and cultural studies. The Suburbs: New Literary Perspectives sets out to enrich the limited existing body of critical analysis on the subject with a landmark collection of essays offering a far larger perspective than the books or collections published so far on the topic. This interdisciplinary and wide-ranging approach includes literary and art studies, philosophy, and cultural comment. It examines the suburbs across cultural differences, contrasting British, South African and North American suburbs. The specificity of this book therefore lies in a cross-national and cross-continental exploration of these unchartered territories. The suburbs are redefined as those rebellious margins whose geographical borders are necessarily fuzzy and sketch out a common place where cultural frontiers can be transcended. They are, to use Sarah Nuttall’s terminology, places of “entanglement” where contraries meet and where new ways of being in the world is reborn. Seen through the prism of art and literature, the suburbs may then be recognized, as philosopher Bruce Bégout argues, as a “new way of thinking and making urban space.”

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French Studies in Southern Africa n° 51.2

*Nouvelle parution*

Table des matières / Contents

  • Yaya Mountapmbémé P. Njoya : « Bien plus proche qu’étranger » : Quête et rencontre de l’Autre dans la poésie d’Andrée Chedid
  • Nevine El Nossery : Le démantèlement des frontières du ‘chez-soi’ chez Fatima Mernissi et Malika Mokeddem
  • Jacques Leenhardt : Le discours antillais d’Édouard Glissant : remarques sur l’épaisseur d’un livre singulier
  • Emmanuel Mbégane Ndour : Rose déluge d’Edem Awumey : entre marronnage et métaspora
  • Karel Plaiche : Écritures de dépossession et figures de l’aliénation dans quelques romans africains francophones sur les guerres en Afrique contemporaine
  • Roger Fopa Kuete : Culture de l’indocilité et crise de la culture politique dans Empreintes de crabe de Patrice Nganang
  • Peter Ndemby Mamfoumby : Mathématique et fiction. Ouvroir et analyse potentielle de L’Anomalie de Hervé Le Tellier
  • Raymonde Moussavou & Karen Ferreira-Meyers : E-learning en contexte de Covid-19 : Quels enjeux pour une mutualisation des pratiques numériques au sein de TICE Afrique ?
  • René Ehouman Koffi & Dorgelès Houessou : De l’épreuve de dictée à la dictée de soi : choix et déterminisme stylistiques pour un questionnement d’un genre scolaire
  • Cédric Belec : L’utilisation du e-learning pour le développement de la compréhension orale du français en contexte universitaire japonais
  • Bernard De Meyer : French Studies in Southern Africa : un demi-siècle de croissance

Comptes rendus & In memoriam

Ecotones #7 Reconfiguring, Repurposing the City: Urban ecotones in the Global South

After conferences at Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, Université de Poitiers and Université de La Réunion (France, 2015, 2016 and 2018), at the Centre for the Study of Social Sciences of Calcutta (Kolkata, India, 2018), Manhattanville College (NY, USA, 2019) and Concordia University (Montreal, Canada, 2019), this international scientific event at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, will be the 7th round of this conference cycle.

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