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The journal Caliban was created in 1964. Entitled Anglophonia/Caliban from 1997 to January 2014 (alternating with the journal of linguistics Anglophonia/Sigma, with one issue a year), it took its original title Caliban again in 2014. There are two issues per year. It is devoted to the literatures and civilisations of English-speaking countries (British Isles, USA, Canada, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India, Caribbean Islands, etc...). Every issue is thematic and favours recent research in the fields of literature, civilisation and visual arts. It offers young searchers the opportunity to have their research known.

Front page illustration: “Turtle Island, seen from the mouth of the Three-Rivers”, original wood engraving, drawn by Th. Weber, from a sketch by Luis Antonio, in Edgar La Selve, La république d’Haïti, ancienne partie française de Saint-Domingue, Le tour du monde, 1871.

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23 | 2008
La Montagne

Entre image et langage dans les territoires anglophones
Mountains in Image and Word in the English-Speaking World
Edited by Françoise Besson, Catherine Lanone and Philippe Birgy

This collection of papers was presented at the International Conference "The Mountain in Image and Word in the English- Speaking World" organized by the research center Cultures Anglo-Saxonnes, University of Toulouse II. By confronting visions of mountains on various continents, from Europe and America to Africa and Australia, this volume attempts to redefine hiking, climbing and writing or painting as intertwined activities, leading from a mythical, visionary approach to a radical political awareness. Mountains may cast a mystical spell; they also raise very concrete problems of conservation and biodiversity. These essays trace the aesthetic approach derived from the picturesque and the sublime, but also map cultural and economic constraints. Following (for instance) the footsteps of genuine or imaginary English wanderers roaming the Alps or the Pyrenees, mapping like Kev Reynolds an English mountaineer's delight in the Pyrenees, or exploring artistic commitment like Rick Bass's fierce fight to preserve his valley of Yaak, the papers reveal how tightly walking and writing are connected. Straying from Romantic nostalgia, writers like Canadian novelist Rudy Wiebe or Nigerian poet Niyi Osundare present a forceful view of mountains. Thus mountains high and low appear as a multiple, unreachable or inhabited space, the haunting origin of creativity and inspiration, raising the question of perception and perspective, codes of reading and writing landscapes, the relationship between human beings and nature, in this challenging realm of physical, mental, but also rhetorical and symbolic elevation.

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