Julie Gay

Julie Gay recently completed her PhD in British literature at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne, under the supervision of Nathalie Jaëck, and among the research team CLIMAS. She holds the French “Agrégation” and is also a permanent teacher at the Université de Poitiers. She studies insularity and adventure as places of literary and geopoetic renewal, especially at the turn of the 19th century in Britain, focusing on authors such as R.L. Stevenson, Joseph Conrad, and H.G. Wells. She co-organised two symposium, one on “Vulnerability” in 2015 and the other one on “Eccentricities” in 2017 at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne, and is currently co-organising the 2020 R. L. Stevenson Conference in Bordeaux. She also gave presentations at various conferences, notably at an international symposium in Strasbourg entitled “Borders and Areas of Contact in Anglophone Cultures, Literatures and art”, at the biannual R.L. Stevenson Conference in Edinburgh in 2017 and at the 2018 annual ASLS conference on the Isle of Skye, entitled “Creative Archipelagos”; she also gave a presentation at the Pacific Region IASSL conference in Honolulu in June 2019. She published two articles, one about the island as an “enclave” in the online journal Leaves, and the other about the various forms of confluences taking place in Stevenson’s “The Beach of Falesá”, in the label ERIH+ journal Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens. She has also written a chapter about fluid borders in Treasure Island for a volume to be published by Brill Publishers, as well as an article about late-19th century rewritings of the Robinsonade genre, to be published in the Journal of Stevenson Studies.

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