Commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of Daphne Du Maurier's death, this international interdisciplinary colloquium – the first of its kind in France – will honour a writer with a fascinating biography and will shine as much light as possible on her original and multiform (and often enigmatic) works.
Le Mans (France)

Organizing Committee

xavier.JPG          Xavier LACHAZETTE

3LAM (Lettres, langues et linguistique des universités d'Angers et du Mans), Le Mans Université

     Holding a Ph.D. in English Literature, Xavier Lachazette is Associate Professor ("MCF") at Le Mans Université. His first encounter with the Du Mauriers was through Daphne's grandfather, while researching Victorian antisemitic cliches. Since then, his double specialization – one generic (anglophone short fiction), the other thematic (the representation of Nature in 19th c. literature) – has led him to read papers and publish articles on Daphne Du Maurier, W. Somerset Maugham, E.M. Forster, Ch. Dickens, Ch. Brontë or J. Austen. He is currently at work on a monograph on the fifty short stories and novellas of Daphne Du Maurier. He is a member of his department's research group, the 3LAM, and an associate member of the CIRPaLL, the Angers research group devoted, among other things, to the study of short fiction.


          Nicole CLOAREC

LIDILE (Linguistique, ingénierie et didactique), Rennes 1

    Nicole Cloarec is a senior lecturer in English at Rennes 1 University. Her research focuses on British and English-speaking cinema and in particular questions related to transmediality, adaptation and the documentary. She is the author of a doctoral thesis on Peter Greenaway’s films and a number of articles. She has edited two collections of essays on letters and written materials in films and has recently co-edited Social Class on British and American Screens. Essays on Cinema and Television (McFarland, 2016), “The Specificities of Kitsch in the Cinema of English-Speaking Countries” (LISA e-journal, 2017) and Ian McEwan's Atonement and Joe Wright's Film Adaptation (Ellipses, 2017).


          Anne HALL

Independent researcher

    After studying English, French and comparative literature at Radcliffe College, the University of Washington, and the University of California, Berkeley, Anne Hall taught English at the Université de Tours and then at the Université de Provence for several years. Since 2010 she has published two biographical works on the Du Maurier family. Sur les pas de Daphné du Maurier: au pays des souffleurs de verre (Cherche-Lune, 2010) tells the story of the novelist’s French ancestors in the eighteenth century, and The Du Mauriers, Just as They Were (Unicorn, 2018) begins with the family’s émigré ancestor and continues up to Daphne’s four family history novels. Anne Hall is primarily interested in common themes and motifs in the works of George and Daphne Du Maurier, and in particular in their utterly different representations of family history.

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