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Rea13 Dedication: A Tribute to Colette Trout Annabelle M. Rea WIF Chair, 1990-1995 Colette discovered WIF's existence, as did many current members, after the MLA awarded us Allied Organization status in 1991. She attended the business meeting at the San FranciscoAnnual Meeting, intending to stay only long enough to find out what WIF was about. But stay she did, and since that time, her innumerable contributions have enriched us all. This issue of WIF Studies is dedicated to her, to convey the gratitude and affection ofall WIF members. Colette did not found thejournal — the first volume ( 1 993) contained the papers from WIF's first two MLA sessions in 1 992, in celebration of the MLA affiliation. However, Colette created the WIF Studies we know today, when she became Editor-in-Chiefafter her election as Vice-Chair ofWIF in December of 1993. She established the first Editorial Board, selectingAdèle King, Marie-Pierre LeHir, and Mary Rice-DeFosse to assist her. With the Board, she set forth the criteria for peer evaluation of blind submissions and put into place the important Graduate EssayAward voted by the membership. Colette and her board worked particularly hard to provide feedback to all who submitted articles for consideration, especially with their very supportive mentoring of graduate students . Through the work ofthe editorial team, submissions to WIF Studies grew, allowing greater selectivity in articles, increased competitiveness for the graduate award, and new rubrics, such as reviews. When Colette became Chair of WIF in December 1995 and Adèle King assumed the editorship of WIFStudies, Colette remained for three years as Managing Editor, overseeing the printing and distribution ofthejournal, as well as further developing library subscriptions. She also arranged for continued support and funding from her home institution, Ursinus College. During Colette's four years as Chair, WIF membership increased within North America, but especially beyond this continent, to include links with many individual scholars and organizations around the world — notably WIF in the UK (and Adèle King also deserves our thanks for her efforts here). Colette's many connections in France have led to closer ties with the Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand and several sister publications, such as Lunes and Nouvelles Questions Féministes. Many of the projects that Colette undertook as Chair are not well known to the general membership. She arranged for the non-profit status of WIF, for instance . Her seven-year review for the MLA that resulted in the renewal of our 1 4 Women in French Studies Allied Organization status was an exemplary document. During those busy years as Chair, Colette still found time to share her recommendations for reading on women in French society, in the WIFNewsletter, and to continue her own research — notably through her recent book on Violette Leduc, Violette Leduc: la mal aimée (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999). All WIF members have been touched by Colette's quiet and warm encouragement , her generosity with her time and ideas, her efficiency, and her modesty. For her many contributions to an organization whose importance — if it required further proof— was underscored this spring by the remarkable conference organized by Dana Strand and Joëlle Vitiello, we salute and applaud Colette Trout, WIF Vice-Chair and Editor-in-ChiefofWIF Studies, from 1 993-1995, Managing Editor from 1 996- 1 998, and WIF Chair, 1 995- 1 999. Merci du fond du coeur, chère Colette. Occidental College SPECIALSECTION Béatrice Coron : City Rain Papercutting (15.7" ? 1 1 .4") (Permission to reproduce granted by the artist) ...


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