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Cécile Roudeau

Résumé Cécile Roudeau Professeur de littérature états-unienne, LARCA UMR 8225, Université Paris Cité


My main object of research is nineteenth-century American literature. My work explores how literature interferes with our ways of apprehending the world; to what extent it affects the epistemic categories we live by and henceforth the world we live in. Because it emerges from the experiment with, and experience of, contingent relations that never quite stabilize into a concept, because it opens the concept and makes it differ from itself, literature—the kind of literature that I am interested in—hones and alters the very instruments whereby we seize the world—politically, aesthetically – as relation. My first book, *La Nouvelle-Angleterre : Politique d’une écriture. Récits, genres, lieu* (PUPS/AFEA, 2012), revisits New England literature, especially women regionalist writers of the turn of the nineteenth-century, from the angle of “place.” I started from a rather simple question: What does it mean for a story to take place? I suggest that texts take place — as do events or characters — in or outside a literary tradition, a national or global history. In French, “place” implies a preexisting order in which one is able, is willing, to fit. I examine therefore the tension between “place” and “*lieu*.” “*Lieu*,” as I understand it, is not indexed on a stable configuration. Rather, it emerges from the reshuffling of categories, the undoing of the “distribution of the sensible” through the agency of unassignable creative energies. I argue then that regionalist texts written by New England women writers like Sarah Orne Jewett, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and others play with, and question, the demarcations of gender, genres. They destabilize hierarchies (region/nation; women/ men; country/city; stories/novels…). More broadly, they negociate between the imperative of generality and the urge of singularity, making up, or rather writing up, a “*lieu*” of their own at a time when the United States was tempted by a new form of imperialism imposing a rearticulation between singularities within a new scale of universality: empire. The articulation between singularities and different scales of aggregation is at the heart of my current manuscript around the aesthetic expression of the commons in nineteenth-century American literature. The emphasis on non essentialist singularities in regionalist, and more broadly, modernist, literature, I argue, should not be opposed to what I see as a constant attention in literary texts to “what we have in common.” While it requires new imaginings of old universals (the human, the nation, womanhood…), the commons must be distinguished from an essentialist vision of community since it questions the fragile articulation between an “I” that is not an identity and a larger ensemble whose fluid borders are ever contingent on a question, a problem, or an urge. This book, provisionally entitled *Fictions d’un en-commun*, to be published by Honoré Champion, explores how US literature was engaged in making up a commons throughout the long nineteenth-century. The project reads together canonical and lesser known texts to explore the questions of “language,” “war,” “sentiment,” and “the body (politic).” Université Paris Diderot (Paris Sorbonne Cité) UFR Etudes anglophones 5 rue Thomas Mann 75205 Paris cedex 13, France <> **Current position (since 2015)** Professor of American Literature, Departement of English Studies, Université Paris Diderot, France Head editor of *Transatlantica: American Studies Journal* (literature and arts) **Education** 2007 Ph.D with distinction.University Paris IV-Sorbonne. Director : Pierre-Yves Pétillon. *La Nouvelle-Angleterre : Questions de lieu. Autour de l’œuvre de Sarah Orne Jewett.* 1998 MA (DEA) with distinction (Université Paris Sorbonne/ENS) 1994 MA (maîtrise) with distinction (Université Paris Sorbonne/ENS) 1992-1998 Ecole normale supérieure (ENS-Ulm) -Paris **Fellowships/prizes/ invitations** 2014 Associate researcher (Karla Scherer Center for American Studies, University of Chicago) 2011 French Association for American Studies (RFEA) Annual Book Prize 2000 Fulbright Research Fellowship (Harvard University) 1996-1997 ENS Student Fellow (Princeton University)

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Murmur, Mutter, Matter: Verbal Veerings and the Practice of Democracy in Billy Budd, Sailor

Cécile Roudeau
Leviathan, 2022, 24 (1), pp.70-89. ⟨10.1353/lvn.2022.0005⟩
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The house of thought’: nineteenth-century American literature and the philosophical

Thomas Constantinesco , Cécile Roudeau
Textual Practice, 2019, 33 (10), pp.1649-1656. ⟨10.1080/0950236X.2019.1665911⟩
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"Like Islands in the Sea’: Intermingled Consciousness and the Politics of the Self in Sarah Orne Jewett’s Late Stories"

Cécile Roudeau
William James Studies, 2017, 13 (2), pp.190-216
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Introduction : Encounters

Cécile Roudeau , Hélène Quanquin
European journal of American studies, 2016, Intimate Frictions: History and Literature in the United States from the 19th to the 21st Century, 11 (1), ⟨10.4000/ejas.11407⟩
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Abolitions mortelles : spéculations démocratiques dans la poésie d’Emily Dickinson

Cécile Roudeau
Caliban : French Journal of English Linguistics, 2016, Disparitions. Littérature et arts américains, 56, pp.11-40. ⟨10.4000/caliban.5512⟩
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“‘In Gallic Dress’: l’Amérique travestie, ou la traduction du biais régionaliste dans les lettres américaines de la fin du XIXe siècle.”

Cécile Roudeau
Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines, 2014, L'Amérique traduite, 2014/1 (n°138), pp.57-71. ⟨10.3917/rfea.138.0057⟩
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Limning New Regions of Thought: Emerson’s Abstract Regionalism

Cécile Roudeau , Thomas Constantinesco
ESQ: a journal of the American Renaissance, 2014, 60 (2), pp.285-326. ⟨10.1353/esq.2014.0008⟩
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Fuite de la ligne. De la catégorie en Amérique.

Cécile Roudeau
Quaderna, 2012, Aux limites de l'essentialisme, 1
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“Pour l’amour du neutre: The Tory Lover (S. O. Jewett) ou l’écriture érotique de l’histoire.”

Cécile Roudeau
Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines, 2008, L'Expérience littéraire de l'histoire en Amérique, 118 (4), pp.86-110. ⟨10.3917/rfea.118.0086⟩
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“La lettre à l’épreuve de la non-correspondance dans les récits de Mary E. Wilkins Freeman.”

Cécile Roudeau
Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines, 2007, Lettres d'Amérique, 112 (2), pp.32-51. ⟨10.3917/rfea.112.0032⟩
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“Crossing the Voice, Crisscrossing the Text: Writing at the Intersection of Prose and Poetry in Sylvia Plath’s ‘Sunday at the Mintons.’”

Cécile Roudeau
RSA (Rivista di Studi Nord Americani) , 2005, “Special European Issue – American Spaces: Horizontal and Vertical”, 15-16, pp.45-67
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« The Country of the Pointed Firs: état des lieux. Le dess(e)in contrarié ou « l'empaysement » de la forme »

Cécile Roudeau
Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines, 2004, Territoires, l'ancrage des errances, 101 (3), pp.4-38. ⟨10.3917/rfea.101.0024⟩
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À quoi rêvent les vieilles filles? Eros au féminin ou la débandade du roman domestique en Amérique (M. Wilkins Freeman).

Cécile Roudeau
E-rea - Revue électronique d’études sur le monde anglophone, 2003, Eros en Amérique, 1 (1), ⟨10.4000/erea.84⟩
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Performing the Self in Relation: The Pragmatic ‘Human Work’ of Gilman’s The Forerunner

Cécile Roudeau
Colloque "Sixth International Charlotte Perkins Gilman Conference", Schlesinger Library, Harvard University, Jun 2015, Cambridge, United States
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Cognitions of Empire: Regionalist Reconfigurations of a Literary Common

Cécile Roudeau
Congrès annuel de l’American Literature Association (ALA), May 2011, Boston, MA, United States
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Puritains d'Amérique Prestige et déclin d'une théocratie - Textes choisis 1620-1750

Cécile Roudeau , Derail Agnès , Thomas Constantinesco , Bruno Monfort , Folliot Laurent
Presses de l'Ecole normale supérieure. , 2016, collection "Versions françaises", 978-2-7288-0558-7
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Intimate Frictions : History and Literature in the United States from the 19th to the 21st Century.

Cécile Roudeau , Hélène Quanquin
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James Fenimore Cooper ou la frontière mélancolique. The Last of the Mohicans et The Leatherstocking Tales

Cécile Roudeau , Derail-Imbert Agnès
Presses de l'Ecole normale supérieure. 16, 2016, Collection "Actes de la recherche à l'ENS", 978-2-7288-3596-6
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Hidden in Plain Sight: Deep Time and American Literature

Cécile Roudeau
2015, 765-2766
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Monument et modernité dans l'art et la littérature britanniques et américaines

Lanone Catherine , Christine Savinel , Cécile Roudeau , Antonia Rigaud , Charlotte Gould
Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle , 2015, Monument et modernité dans l'art et la littérature britanniques et américaines, 978-2-87854-626-2
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Les Histoires de Pat Hobby.

Cécile Roudeau , Derail-Imbert Agnès
Ph. Jaworski. Gallimard, 2, 2012, Collection. La Pléiade. Œuvres Complètes de F. S. Fitzgerald. 9782070137695
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La Nouvelle-Angleterre: Politique d'une Ecriture.

Cécile Roudeau
PUPS, 2012, Collection "Mondes Anglophones", Marc Amfreville, Élisabeth Angel-Perez, Pierre Iselin, Marie-Madeleine Martinet, 978-2-84050-840-7
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La Nouvelle-Angleterre : politique d’une écriture

Cécile Roudeau
PU Paris-Sorbonne, 2012
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De la peur en Amérique : l’écriture au défi du frisson

Cécile Roudeau , Sylvie Bauer , Marie-Odile Salati
Presses universitaires de Savoie. 16, 2011, Collection "Ecriture et représentation", ISBN-10 2-915797-76-5
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De la peur en Amérique : l'écriture au défi du frisson

Sylvie Bauer , Cécile Roudeau , Marie-Odile Salati
Université de Savoie, Ecriture et représentation (16), pp.234, 2010, 978-2-915797-76-3
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Melville. Derniers Poèmes.

Cécile Roudeau , Thomas Constantinesco , Bruno Monfort , Derail Agnès , Marc Midan
Presses de l'ENS, 2010, collection "Versions françaises", 978-2-7288-0432-0
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Sarah Orne Jewett. Le Pays des sapins pointus et autres récits.

Cécile Roudeau
Presses de l'ENS, 2004, collection "Versions françaises", 2-7288-0308-0
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Untimely Freeman

Cécile Roudeau
Edited by Stephanie Palmer, Myrto Drizou, Cécile Roudeau. New Perspectives on Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. Reading with and Against the Grain, Edinburgh University Press, 2023, Interventions in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, 978-1-399-50449-2
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Cécile Roudeau
Edited by Stephanie Palmer, Myrto Drizou, Cécile Roudeau. New Perspectives on Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. Reading with and Against the Grain, Edimburgh University Press, 2023, 978-1-399-50449-2
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Au-delà de la ligne ? Paradoxe de l'émancipation. Eros, Demos, et l'État Démocratique

Cécile Roudeau
Alexandre Mendes; Giuseppe Cocco. O Trabalho das Linhas : Politica, Democracia, Escrita., Autografia, 2022, Màquinas, Linhas e Territorios, 978-6559430901
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« “Sickly abstractions” and the Poetic Concrete: Walt Whitman’s and Emily Dickinson’s Battlefields of War »

Cécile Roudeau
Eric Athenot and Cristanne Miller. Whitman and Dickinson : a Colloquy , University of Iowa Press, pp.27-46, 2018, 9781609385316
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Elizabeth Peabody, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, and the Transatlantic Homeopathic Politics of Reform.

Cécile Roudeau
Beth L. Lueck ; Sirpa Salenius ; Nancy Lusignan Schultz. Transatlantic Conversations: Nineteenth-Century Women’s Encounters with Italy and the Atlantic World. , University of New Hampshire Press, 2016, coll. "Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies", 978-1512600261
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“‘Non à ce marbre, mort et froid…’: l’Amérique en mal de monuments.”

Cécile Roudeau
Marc Porée; Christine Savinel. Coordination éditoriale: Charlotte Gould, Catherine Lanone; Antonia Rigaud; Cécile Roudeau. Monument et modernité dans l’art et la littérature britanniques et américains., Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2015, 978-2878546262
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A Name for a Monument: Epitaphs of Native America in James Fenimore Cooper and Lydia Howard Sigourney.

Cécile Roudeau
Marc Porée; Christine Savinel. Coordination éditoriale: Charlotte Gould, Catherine Lanone; Antonia Rigaud; Cécile Roudeau. Monument et modernité dans l’art et la littérature britanniques et américains, Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2015, Monument et modernité dans l’art et la littérature britanniques et américains. 9782878546262
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Mary E. Wilkins (Freeman)

Cécile Roudeau
Antoinette Fouque. Dictionnaire universel des créatrices, Editions des femmes, 2013, 9782721006318
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"Sarah Orne Jewett"

Cécile Roudeau
Antoinette Fouque. Dictionnaire universel des créatrices, Editions des femmes, 2013, 9782721006318
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La Nouvelle-Angleterre ou le dissensus de la lettre: pratique de l’écart dans le récit de captivité de Mary W. Rowlandson

Cécile Roudeau
Thomas Constantinesco; Antoine Traisnel. Littérature et politique en Nouvelle-Angleterre, Presses de l'ENS-Editions Rue d'Ulm, 2011, coll. "Actes de la recherche à l'ENS", 978-2-7288-3952-0
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L’orbe du sens: les éclipses d’Emily Dickinson.

Cécile Roudeau
Agnès Derail-Imbert. Emily Dickinson. Eclipses du sens, 7, Presses de l'ENS-Editions Rue d'Ulm, pp.45-61, 2010, coll. "Actes de la recherche à l'ENS", 978-2-7288-3654-3
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The Country of the Pointed Firs : “A Main(e) Story” ou l’écriture interlope de la nation

Cécile Roudeau
Michel Granger. Lieux d'Amérique, Presses universitaires de Lyon, 2010, 978-2-7297-0824-5
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The Angle(s) of Truth: Perspectives for an American Democratic Fiction in William Dean Howells’s Critical Writing.

Cécile Roudeau
Guillaume Tanguy. William Dean Howells, 21, Presses universitaires de la Méditerrannée, pp.75-105, 2009, collection "Profils américains", 978-2-84269-880-5
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Geographies of difference: the Politics of Dialect in Nineteenth-Century America.

Cécile Roudeau
Cécile Cottenet, Jean-Christophe Murat, Nathalie Vanfasse. Cultural Transformations in the English-Speaking World. , Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.129-151, 2009, 9781443817899
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Hawthorne et ses sorties : lieu et écriture du lieu dans La Lettre écarlate et ‘Les Bureaux de la Douane.’

Cécile Roudeau
Bruno Monfort. The Scarlet Letter, Editions du Temps, pp.5-33, 2005, collection "Lectures d'une oeuvre", 9782842743178
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Steven Millhauser, une écriture sur le fil

Cécile Roudeau
Anne Ullmo. Steven Millhauser, une écriture sur le fil, Presses universitaires du Septentrion, pp.11-37, 2004, 978-2-85939-851-4
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“A Design of her Own": E pluribus unum ou The Country of the Pointed Firs comme "friendship quilt."

Cécile Roudeau
Claire Bazin; Marie-Claude Perrin-Chenour. « A Literature of their Own » : Les stratégies d’écriture des femmes- écrivains anglaises et américaines au 19ème siècle, 1, Publication de l'Université Paris X-Nanterre, pp.89-117, 2002, collection "Textes & genres", 2-907335-24-3
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