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King1 1 Foreword Adèle King, Editor This is the eighth year of Women in French Studies. Our first issue ofthe new century is dedicated to Colette Trout, whose incredible energy, enthusiasm and nurturing spirit have been an inspiration to all of us, and to me particularly. Annabelle Rea, another past president and nurturing spirit for WIF, to whom 1 am grateful for much advice, has written our dedication. Our special section this year, edited by Suzanne Toczyski, is an outgrowth ofthe WIF session she organized for the 1999 MLA on "Feminine Theatricality : Woman and Her Masks." We are again pleased to publish interviews, this year, one with Esther Tellerman, a French poet whose work deserves to be better known in NorthAmerica, one with a Senegalese novelist, Aminata Sow Fall. Béatrice Coron, a French artist now resident in New York, has generously provided us with some slides ofher work to illustrate WIF Studies 2000. Béatrice Coron, a native ofLyon, uses papercutting {papier découpé) as her medium. Her papercuts are inspired from her varied experiences in China, Egypt and Mexico. The papercuts are assembled into books, which she sees as "foldable, nomadic sculptures." Her web page is Our graduate student competition winner is Sandrina Joseph ofthe University of Quebec at Montreal. As the competition was especially difficult this year, the committee decided to award two honorable mentions: to Diane Brown, Harvard University, for her essay "Education, Women, Condorcet, and Rousseau: A (Non) comparison;" and to Nadève Ménard, University ofPennsylvania, for her essay "Sur le bord du roman moderne: le rôle de Félime dans Zaïde, Histoire Espagnole. " As I am spending a sabbatical year in Europe, Frédérique Chevillot is a co-editor for this 2000 WIF Studies. Frédérique will also be in charge ofthe 2001 issue, with a special section on "Les auteures méconnues du vingtième siècle." The editorial board has worked very hard this year, and deserves my thanks and the thanks ofall Women in French members. I am especially pleased that they have worked with authors, often making valuable suggestions to improve essays. We have three associate editors who have contributed to the success of this 12Women in French Studies volume: Adrianna Paliyenko, managing editor; Valérie Lastinger, in charge ofbook reviews; and Katherine Stephenson, in charge of the graduate student essay competition. Adrianna has arranged to provide copies ofback issues of Women in French Studies for libraries wishing a complete collection. Please ask your libraries to subscribe. We have again had financial and moral support from several colleges and universities: Ball State University, Colby College, Santa Clara University, and Ursinus College. Special thanks also to Anne Palubicki, my student assistant from the Ball State Honors College, without whose help this issue would not have been ready in time. Comments and ideas are always welcome, to any member ofthe board. Ball State University ...


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