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Preface in Honour of René Gallet

Préface en l’honneur de René Gallet
Renée Dickason
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1I consider myself extremely lucky to have worked with René Gallet whom I met for the first time in May 2001 when I was appointed to the English Studies Department at Caen University. Our research specialities are different and I was not aware of René’s remarkable career before my arrival in Caen. I was soon to discover someone particularly special – special because of his immense knowledge and erudition, special because of his illuminating presence amongst his students and colleagues and special because of his modesty, generosity and rare kindness. René Gallet is exceptional, not only because of his most inspiring courses but also because of his human qualities.

2At the University, René Gallet was always busy doing something. He was highly respected by his students who knew the good fortune they had to be taught by him. He would always find a moment to meet them whether to reassure them about their courses and dissertations or to exchange ideas on PhD matters. He was wise and impartial when a decision had to be taken. He would do his best to find the right solution so that nobody would be hurt, in particular on the sometimes fraught occasions when we met to recruit new colleagues. Integrity, calm, serenity and affability are some of his many qualities, qualities which unite and reassure people, qualities which we need to work and to feel at ease in the bustling, some would say tortuous, academic world we frequently have to face.

3Everybody has a preferred memory of René Gallet. My favourite is probably our many discussions on subjects as varied as the propagation of rare apple trees or the Copernican Revolution, in the office which he had occupied for so many years and which abounded in traces of his wide range of interests and intellectual activities.

René Gallet phoning in his office, 2003

René Gallet phoning in his office, 2003

© Jennifer Kilgore

4When he told us in September 2008 that he was to retire, we all knew what a great loss this would represent for our community. We also thought about how we could show our admiration for him. One tribute which all his friends and colleagues could share with him is a tribute which comes from the mind and from the heart. So we opted to invite and collect contributions from those who have known him well academically, the friends and colleagues from France and abroad who shared his intellectual and scholarly reflections, current and former PhD students, his academic family in Caen…

René Gallet and Jeffrey Wainwright, 2003, Caen

René Gallet and Jeffrey Wainwright, 2003, Caen

5René Gallet is a member of the editorial committee of Revue LISA/LISA e-journal and this issue is entirely dedicated to him. Claude Guimier, René’s colleague at Caen for many years who also retired in September 2008, has very kindly agreed to give us another testimony of René Gallet’s aura and most eventful career.

  • 1  A special thank you to Claude, Jennifer and Jean-Yves, Elise, Christiane and Artie, Christine, Fré (...)

6Many contributors have responded with alacrity to this special call for papers in honour of a unique friend and colleague: some have sent articles which correspond directly to René’s fields of research, some have deliberately proposed articles on their own specialities because they know René’s lively interest in interdisciplinary approaches, others have opted for an even more personal testimony by writing poetry. My deepest thanks go to all contributors for their generosity, help and patience and also to colleagues, without whose behind-the-scenes involvement1, this Revue LISA issue would not have been possible.

Geoffrey Hill, René Gallet and Michael Edwards

Geoffrey Hill, René Gallet and Michael Edwards

Photo taken at the Librairie Compagnie in Paris, March 18th 2008, after G. Hill’s guest lecture at the Collège de France.

© Jean-Yves Caradec

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1  A special thank you to Claude, Jennifer and Jean-Yves, Elise, Christiane and Artie, Christine, Frédéric, Emmanuelle, Pascale, Anne-Catherine, Adrian, Joe…

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Titre René Gallet phoning in his office, 2003
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Titre René Gallet and Jeffrey Wainwright, 2003, Caen
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Titre Geoffrey Hill, René Gallet and Michael Edwards
Légende Photo taken at the Librairie Compagnie in Paris, March 18th 2008, after G. Hill’s guest lecture at the Collège de France.
Crédits © Jean-Yves Caradec
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Renée Dickason, « Preface in Honour of René Gallet », Revue LISA/LISA e-journal, Vol. VII – n°3 | 2009, 1-3.

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Renée Dickason, « Preface in Honour of René Gallet », Revue LISA/LISA e-journal [En ligne], Vol. VII – n°3 | 2009, mis en ligne le 19 mai 2009, consulté le 24 septembre 2020. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/lisa/59 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/lisa.59

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Renée Dickason

Professor. Caen, France
Professor in British Media and Cultural Studies, Renée Dickason is currently Head of ERIBIA Research Centre dedicated to the study of Great Britain, Ireland and North America. She is also a member of the Scientific Board of the University of Caen – Lower Normandy and of the Governing Body of the Humanities Research Centre at the University of Caen as well as a ministerial consultant. She has written many articles and books on the representation of society through TV series (mainly dealing with comedy and the depiction of the “real”) and news, current affairs and documentary programmes, on the dissemination and the propagation of images and ideas in visual media and the arts, and on political communication.

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