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Vacancies for French-section contributors to the Year's Work in Modern Language Studies

Applications are invited for the post of contributor to the Year's Work in Modern Language Studies (published by the Modern Humanities Research Association) in the following areas of the French and Occitan section with a view to beginning with volume 73 (covering the calendar year of 2011):

16th-century French Literature;
Caribbean Literature;

The Year's Work is collaboratively edited under the direction of the General Editor, Dr Stephen Parkinson, and the Assistant Editor, Dr Susan Wharton. The volume is divided into broad linguistic sections, each with a section editor. Each section is compiled by a number of contributors, each working on a given chronological range or thematic area. The YWMLS is a volume that comes out annually and which provides a survey of the scholarly work done during the preceding year in the fields of the language and literature of French, Latin (Medieval and Neo-Latin), German, the Scandinavian languages, Celtic languages and literature, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, and the Slavonic languages and literature. Each survey is not just a listing of books and articles, but is based upon comment, explication, and critical judgment of the articles and books dealt with. The comment on each article and book is brief (much shorter than usual reviews), but is intended to give apposite guidance on what is covered in the book or article and the value of this, as well as how it relates to other recent work.

The volumes are taken by university libraries all over the world, and are well used. Contributors regularly receive free review copies of books in their subject area, and in some cases also copies of relevant journals. It ensures you are up to date with the most recent publications in your field and there is a guaranteed annual publication in a prestigious periodical. Individual surveys are listed in the MLA Bibliography and from January 2012, the YWMLS will be available through the JSTOR Current Scholarship Program. Please see for further information about the periodical.

If you are interested in the above posts, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to discuss the work involved with you.

Best wishes,

Paul A. Scott MA PhD (Dunelm) FRHistS,
Associate Professor of French; Director of Graduate Studies,
French and Occitan Editor, Year's Work in Modern Language Studies,
Department of French & Italian,
University of Kansas.

sc - Paul Scott

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