Jacqueline Berben-Masi is a Maître de Conférences at the UNSA-Law and Economics school, where she teaches English. Her doctoral dissertation on John Edgar Wideman’s fiction has been followed by a number of articles mostly concentrating on the author in the text. She is a member of the CRELA, AFEA and CARR as well as the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature. Her interests include African and Commonwealth literatures, both in French and in English, as well as literature and the law.
Kathie Birat has lived and worked in France since 1971. She holds a BA from Middlebury College, an MA in French from the University of California at Berkeley and a French doctorate in English literature. She is currently a maître de conférences teaching American literature and particularly African-American literature at the University of Metz, where she has been teaching since 1976. Her publications in the area of African-American literature include articles on Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, and the Caribbean writer Caryl Phillips.
Michel Fabre is Emeritus Professor at the Sorbonne (Paris 3) where he headed the Center for African-American and Commonwealth Literatures until 1994. He is President of the Cercle d’Etudes Afro-Américaines. He recently published (With E. Margolies) The Several Lives of Chester Himes (University Press of Mississipi). In 1995, he published The French Critical Reception of African-American Literature (Greenwood Publishers); in 1993 Conversations with Richard Wright (University Press of Mississippi) with Kenneth Kinnamon. His current research projects deal with Creole culture in Louisiana.
Michel Feith is a Maître de Conférences (Assistant Professor) at the University of Nantes, France. He has spent several years abroad; his experience of living in Australia, Japan and the United States has sensitized him to the issues of multiculturalism. He wrote a doctoral dissertation, under the direction of Professor Geneviève Fabre, on “Myth and History in Chinese American and Chicano Literature” (1995). Besides his interest in John Edgar Wideman, he is currently serving as co-editor, with Pr. Fabre, of two books on Jean Toomer and the Harlem Renaissance.
Yves-Charles Grandjeat is a professor of North American Literature at the Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux III, where he co-heads the Research Center “Cultures et Littératures d’Amérique du Nord.” His doctorate on the Chicano Movement was followed by a variety of publications on Chicano historiography, sociology and literature, including the book Aztlan, Terres volées, terre promise (Paris, Presses de L’Ecole Normale supérieure, 1989) and a collective volume on Ecritures Hispaniques aux Etats-Unis (Presses de l’Université de Provence, 1992). He has lately contributed a number of papers on Afro-American literature, including articles on John E. Wideman, John A. Williams, J. Toomer, Charles A. Johnson, and the slave narratives. His interest in the work of John E. Wideman is also due to materialize into a book-length study in the collection Voix Américaines headed by Prof. Marc Chénetier.
Fritz Gysin is Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He has written two books, The Grotesque in American Negro Fiction (1975) and Model as Motif in Tristram Shandy (1983), and has published articles on Sterling Brown, Joseph Conrad, Leon Forrest, Charles Johnson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Langston Hughes, Nathaniel Mackey, George Schuyler, Jean Toomer, Mark Twain, John Edgar Wideman, and Sherley Anne Williams. He is working on a book about boundaries in African-American fiction. He is a founding member of the Collegium for African American Research.
Claude Julien studied at Caen University. He defended his doctoral dissertation, “Childhood and Adolescence in the African American novel, 1853–1970,” in 1981. This study looks at theories on the acculturation of young African Americans from the contents of fiction approached as a discourse. He became a full professor at Tours University in 1989, where he teaches American studies. He has repeatedly taught in Great Britain and the United States as an exchange professor. He is a member of the Cercle d’Etudes Afro-Américaines and the Collegium for African American Research. His area of interest is minority fiction in the United States. He has...