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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.

Latest issue
60 | 2018
La Vie de l’oubli dans la littérature britannique des XXe et XXIe siècles

The Life of Forgetting in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century British Literature
Edited by Adèle Cassigneul and Sylvie Maurel
Couverture Caliban 60 - 2018
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The essays included in this issue were originally presented at two conferences organized in March 2017 and May 2018 by the research centre Cultures Anglo-Saxonnes, University Toulouse - Jean Jaurès. The authors seek to delineate an ars oblivionis in 20th- and 21st-century British literature, a poetics of forgetting in which oblivion’s ghostly remains make for emancipatory swerves from the past and for the advent of new narrative configurations. After Ricœur and Augé among others, remembering and forgetting are not envisaged as opposites but as a collaborative pair, with forgetting as the condition of memory (Ricœur) or as the lifeblood of memory (Augé). Working on the productive interplay of memory and forgetting, the articles investigate what Derrida calls «the life of forgetting», the living appropriation of forgotten presences acknowledged as loss and yet made to survive, to endure, in renewed and transfigured presences. Thus, forgetting is not only the condition of memory; it is also the condition of creativity and storytelling.

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