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9 | 2013
Poétisation de l'histoire et de la politique

Poetising history and politics
Edited by Elvire Diaz and Isabelle Solères

This issue on  "Poetising history and politics" follows the cultural studies research on social and textual representation of historical and political reality conducted within the MIMMOC research group (EA 3812). The editors have concentrated on the interaction between varied disciplinary fields : history (traces, perception, writing, representation) and its aesthetic value, which they have chosen to term 'poetising', in a rhetorical, graphic or iconographic from, whether painting, cinema or any other image form. Using on the one hand the well-established concept of "places of memory" in its two senses, both material and immaterial, developed by Pierre Nora and his followers, and on the other hand on the concept of "poetry" and "aura" defined by Walter Benjamin in respect of works of art, then reutilised in the works of  Paul Ricoeur and Roland Barthes on the icone and images (in particular photography, a group of academics from several disciplinary fields (area studies - English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Slavic - contemporary history, French literature, comparative literature), analyse both the link between an event and its aethestic translation and the interactions between the different fields involved.

The issue is divided into four sections : the first, "History and writing" asks how the (re-)writing of history restranscribes or reinterprets reality (3 articles by Jérôme Grévy, Michel Riaudel et Sanja Boskovic). The second, "The poetry of place"  (2 articles), looks at the poetry that emanates from ruins (Geneviève Puig, Isabelle Solères). The third part, "Artistic and literary poetising"  (5 articles), looks at litterary representations (Geoffrey Pitcher, Marie-Catherine Chanfreau, Elvire Diaz, Alix Mary-Tubman, Sandra Teixeira). The final section, "Poetising in pictures and by tweet" (3 articles), concerns the film and twitter media (Jeremy Price, Pascal Vacher, Noémie Suisse).