Explorations – No 52 Jun 2012
IVAN BARKO, Foreword
A scholarly examination of the scientific achievements of the Baudin expedition during its long stay in Port Jackson in 1802.
Keywords: scientific research, natural history specimens and observations, Port Jackson, François Péron, Nicholas Baudin, Leschenault, a colonial field
An examination of the changes that have occurred in modern languages departments in universities and the resulting decline in the study of contemporary French literature.
Keywords: French Studies, twentieth century French literature, Australian Research Council, post-literary era, linguistic proficiency cf literary culture, academic journals, PhD research topics
RICHARD GUNTER, Studying French at the University of Melbourne (1945–1948)
Reminiscences of a former student of the French Department ta the University of Melbourne between 1945 and 1948.
Keywords: A.R. Chisholm, the French Club, Alliance Française, plays and play readings
EDWARD DUYKER, Une Tasmanie Française
The text of a talk on the French explorers in Tasmania and light-hearted speculation on what might have happened had the French settled in Tasmania.
Keywords: Marion Dufresne, Van Diemen’s Land, D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Dumont d’Urville, Nicholas Baudin, Governor King
A note about the agreement between The Australian Journal of French Studies and the University of Liverpool.
Keywords: The Australian Journal of French Studies, Monash University, University of Liverpool, internationalisation, technological progress
ELAINE LEWIS, The Valéry Collection for the State Library of Victoria
A note about the acquisition of a collection of books previously owned by the poet and thinker Paul Valéry and purchased by the Library from the estate of the late Judith Robinson-Valéry, the Australian widow of Valéry’s son Claude.
Keywords: State Library of Victoria, Paul Valéry, Judith Robinson-Valéry
Georges-Goulven Le Cam, L’Australie au-delà du rêve, reviewed by Stephen Alomes
Ian Coller, Arab France: Islam and the Making of Modern Europe, 1798–1831, reviewed by Stephen Alomes
Richard Travers, The Tennis Courts of Lyon: Les Jeux de Paume de Lyon, note by Elaine Lewis
ELAINE LEWIS, French-Australian Bibliographical Notes