Why go back to English wor(l)ds?

By Édouard Brasey (2015)

Where did I get this strange idea to go back to school – sorry – University in order to get yet another diploma? Does it make any sense? Is it a reasonable project or totally absurd? All of these questions turned round and round in my poor old head for days on end – I am exaggerating a bit, of course – before getting an answer, which eventually was: ‘Don’t worry. Just do it!’

But maybe I should introduce myself first in order for this post to make more sense. My name is Edouard Brasey, and I am a writer. It is my job. I am 60. So far, I have published around 70 books and novels, many essays, encyclopedia articles and illustrated books on very serious subjects such as faeries, hobgoblins, mermaids, unicorns and other elves and Little Folk. I have had the good fortune to win a number of prizes and awards for Fantasy writing, and if you are interested in dragons, wizards and vampires, you might have already read one of my books (even if you do not remember my name). I have also been translated into different languages including English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian . . . and Japanese (I cannot be certain of the authenticity of this last translation; maybe my books inspired some Manga cartoonists, who knows?).

Translation! Ah! Indeed, my decision to enroll in this second year Masters degree at Aix-Marseille University (Anglophone studies, specializing in translation) is because of translation. I wanted to know a bit more about it and I have not been not disappointed. Allow me to explain.

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LERMAsteriales: an overview of the day

By Mylène Della Monica (2015)

The LERMAsteriales were divided into eight sessions. The first session developed the idea of commitment in times of war and peace. It began by looking at the work of Ernest Hemingway, emblematic author of the ‘Lost Generation’; we saw how a whole generation of artists could commit to a cause, in response to the trauma of World War I, but also how Hemingway can be seen to have dealt with personal trauma through his female characters. War was also the ‘Greater Game’ of sportsmen, who extended their athletic commitment from stadiums to the greater arena of the front, and who also learnt how to use sport to escape the horrors of war. Lastly, we saw how the United States struggles as a country to commit to peace. War seems to cement union and national agreement, but, when at the end of the Cold War, a plan of military conversion was designed, this new cause clearly did not bring people together. While individuals often do commit to a public cause, it appears hard for a whole nation to really commit when it comes to peace.

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