Translation and Reception: 21st-Century French Fiction in the UK

Event organised by  the Society for French Studies and the French Studies Library Group, with the  collaboration of the Institut français

This  event was a great success. It brought together some of the most important agents in the production  and reception of contemporary French fiction, in France and (primarily) in the  UK:  reviewers and critics, literary  agents, editors, translators, academics and librarians, to promote a better  understanding of the processes of selection, translation and mediation, and of  why this matters. 

Speakers  included writer, critic and ex-Le Monde journalist Patrick Kéchichian; the  publisher Claire Paulhan; Hélène Fiamma of the Bureau du Livre; Kerry Glencorse  of Susanna Lea Associates; translators Peter Bush, Ros Schwartz and Siân  Reynolds; Ophélie Ramonatxo, Head of Libraries - La Médiathèque et Culturethèque; Melissa-Laure Mayer of the Institut’s library and Culturethèque;   Albane Lejeune, Elève conservateur, ENSSIB ; Geoffrey Mulligan (editor with Harvill); David Platten (researcher and writer  on French crime fiction); Marcella Frisani of the CESSP-EHESS in Paris. The  ‘case-study’ session  focused on the work of crime novelist Fred Vargas.

A full report of the event will appear in the next FSLG Annual Review, and a synopsis of the event is being created for this webpage.

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