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Robert Southey, The Exterminating Angel

Jean Raimond
Robert Southey, The Exterminating Angel
Michel Houdiard Éditeur

167 pages
ISBN 9782356921383

In a letter to a friend date 26 July 1796 the young Robert Southey, who had just made a promising start as a poet with his revolutionary epic Joan of Arc, characteristically wrote: “I saw five or six men on Sunday stoning a dog to death—and I heard the dog’s cries—and I wished I had been the Exterminating Angel”. An emotinal, nervous, almost pathologically shy man, Southey would often react in a violent way to defend causes which he considered just. Leading a secluded life in the Lake District, he kept actively participating in the social, economic, and plitical debated that prevailed in England during the first half of the XIXth century. The life of this committed writer appointed Poet Laureate in 1813 was an unending crusade against evil. His two most llustrious ennemies were napoleon, whom he not seldom beheadedin his dreams, and Lord Bron, the very embodiment of Satanic foreces in his view. This biographical study should help the reader properly estimate the volumious work—too long relegated to an undeserved purgatory—of a talented man of letters whose influence on the Romnatic movement was far greater than is commony admitted.

Jean Raimond, a former president of the University of Reims (France), is Professor Emeritus of English Literature, and honorary chairman of the “Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur”. He has contributed to a French tarnslation (with critical introductions and notes) of Kipling’s works for La Pléiade, Gallimard, and is co-editor (with J. R. Watson) of A Handbook of English Romanticism. Many publications of his deal with major British figures of the Romantic period.


Élisabeth, la reine de fer (biographie)

Élisabeth, la rMoulin-Elisabetheine de fer

Joanny Moulin
Paris : Éditions du Cerf, 2015, 560 p.
ISBN-13 : 978-2204105620

Comment naquit, sous la main de fer d’une héritière improbable, l’Angleterre que nous connaissons ? Cette biographie-monde de Joanny Moulin restitue à la fois un personnage majeur de l’histoire et un moment clef de civilisation. Elle tisse dans le même récit la marche irrésistible d’une reine vierge vers le pouvoir absolu et l’ascension soutenue d’une puissance insulaire vers la domination planétaire. De l’Irlande aux Indes, d’Édimbourg à Istanbul, des officines de la City aux couloirs du Vatican, voici une fresque qui mêle querelles de successions et guerres de religions, emprisonnements et assassinats, révoltes paysannes et rivalités continentales sur fond de batailles terrestres et d’incendies maritimes. Ces hommes de talent que furent le corsaire Francis Drake, l’espion Francis Walsingham, le bourgeois Thomas Gresham, le théologien Thomas Parker, l’écrivain William Shakespeare ne firent-ils que servir le rêve de revanche de la fille d’Anne Boleyn, la souveraine décapitée, et d’Henry VIII, l’ogre monarque qui l’avait reniée ? N’est-ce pas au contraire parce qu’elle fut à la fois femme et politique incomparable qu’Élisabeth Tudor bâtit une nation si résolue à affirmer son indépendance qu’elle en fit pour le reste de l’Europe, et jusqu’à aujourd’hui, la « perfide Albion »?

Professeur de littérature anglaise à l’université de Aix-Marseille, spécialiste de la monarchie britannique, Joanny Moulin est notamment l’auteur de deux biographies remarquées, Victoria, reine d’un siècle et Élisabeth II, une reine dans l’histoire.


Towards Biography Theory
Cercles, revue pluridisciplinaire du monde anglophone n°35


Abstract: These articles are intended as samples demonstrating the vivacity of research in the field of biography today. Their authors have all published books of international repute relative to the theory of biography. They are either historians or literary scholars, as are many of the academic writers who have defined biography as their object of research in recent years. The biographical turn, as we find convenient to call the renewed interest in biography and biographic approaches that has been taking place over the last decades, converging from several disciplines of the humanities, appears like a paradigmatic debate of sorts, that both calls for a new definition of biography in the larger sense of the term, and generates a theoretical demand.


  • Joanny Moulin
  • François Dosse
  • Frédéric Regard
  • Robert Dion
  • Sabina Loriga
  • Ira Bruce Nadel
  • Martine Boyer-Weinmann
  • Melanie Nolan
  • Hans Renders


EA 66_4Lives of the Poets: Poetry & Biography
Études anglaises, revue du monde anglophone 66.4 (2013)

Articles in English

Abstract : Starting from the remark that poetry and biography have simultaneously undergone a comparative decline during the last century, this article proposes to investigate some of the common causes of this double phenomenon in the history of literature. Apart from the often evoked ideological reasons sustaining a doctrine of literary theory that radically turned its back on the biographic approaches of the nineteenth century, this paper dwells at greater length on the fact that poets themselves have concurred to promote a dogma of impersonality, which has developed essentially in American and French academic criticism, and may well have severely uprooted poetry itself. The following diachronic study is an apology for reconsidering biographic approaches to poetry and literature as a means towards renewed exchanges between literary science and other scientific disciplines.


  • Joanny Moulin
  • Carle Bonnafous-Murat
  • Laurent Folliot
  • Jeremy Elprin
  • Stéphanie Noirard
  • Marc Porée
  • Neil Roberts
  • Cyril Vettorato