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See detailModulating effect of COMT Val158Met polymorphism on interference resolution during a working memory task
Jaspar, Mathieu ULg; DIDEBERG, Vinciane ULg; Bours, Vincent ULg et al

in Brain & Cognition (in press)

Genetic variability related to the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene has received increasing attention in the last 15 years, in particular as a potential modulator of the neural substrates ... [more ▼]

Genetic variability related to the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene has received increasing attention in the last 15 years, in particular as a potential modulator of the neural substrates underlying inhibitory processes and updating in working memory (WM). In an event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study, we administered a modified version of the Sternberg probe recency task (Sternberg, 1966) to 43 young healthy volunteers, varying the level of interference across successive items. The task was divided into two parts (high vs. low interference) to induce either proactive or reactive control processes. The participants were separated into three groups according to their COMT Val158Met genotype [Val/Val (VV); Val/Met (VM); Met/Met (MM)]. The general aim of the study was to determine whether COMT polymorphism has a modulating effect on the neural substrates of interference resolution during WM processing. Results indicate that interfering trials were associated with greater involvement of frontal cortices (bilateral medial frontal gyrus, left precentral and superior frontal gyri, right inferior frontal gyrus) in VV homozygous subjects (by comparison to Met allele carriers) only in the proactive condition of the task. In addition, analysis of peristimulus haemodynamic responses (PSTH) revealed that the genotype-related difference observed in the left SFG was specifically driven by a larger increase in activity from the storage to the recognition phase of the interfering trials in VV homozygous subjects. These results confirm the impact of COMT genotype on inhibitory processes during a WM task, with an advantage for Met allele carriers. Interestingly, this impact on frontal areas is present only when the level of interference is high, and especially during the transition from storage to recognition in the left superior frontal gyrus. [less ▲]

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See detailLes détournements de jeux vidéo par les joueurs : une incarnation du play
Barnabé, Fanny ULg

in RESET - Recherches en Sciences Sociales sur Internet (in press), (4),

Cet article a pour objectif d’analyser conjointement quatre pratiques de détournement du jeu vidéo par les joueurs (la rédaction de fanfictions, la réalisation de machinimas, le modding, et le speedrun ... [more ▼]

Cet article a pour objectif d’analyser conjointement quatre pratiques de détournement du jeu vidéo par les joueurs (la rédaction de fanfictions, la réalisation de machinimas, le modding, et le speedrun) en les envisageant comme des prolongements de l’expérience ludique. La forme des œuvres dérivées ainsi que les discours des joueurs qui les produisent seront étudiés parallèlement dans le but de mettre au jour en quoi ces pratiques renouvellent la conception même du jeu et lui ouvrent de nouveaux espaces. Ce travail se veut donc dans la lignée des play studies définies par Triclot (2011), qui envisagent le jeu vidéo non comme une forme figée mais comme une expérience. Précisément, trois points de passage assurant une continuité entre le jeu et ses réappropriations seront ici envisagés. Tout d’abord, la pratique du jeu vidéo et celle du détournement seront rapprochées en tant qu’elles se définissent toutes deux comme des performances (à la fois d’un point de vue technique et d’un point de vue interprétatif). Ensuite, nous envisagerons (notamment à l’aide du concept d’« affordance ») les différents moyens par lesquels les réappropriations peuvent – mimant le jeu – inciter leur récepteur à adopter une attitude ludique. Enfin, les recoupements entre la posture du joueur et celle du créateur de détournements suggèrent l’inclusion de ces pratiques de création dans un « play » généralisé. [less ▲]

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See detailLevallois et Gravettien
Otte, Marcel ULg; Noiret, Pierre ULg

in Praehistoria (in press)

Par opposition à ceux de l’Aurignacien, les ensembles lithiques gravettiens procèdent selon une méthode rappelant le Levallois quant à la préparation des supports. Mais les variations observables au sein ... [more ▼]

Par opposition à ceux de l’Aurignacien, les ensembles lithiques gravettiens procèdent selon une méthode rappelant le Levallois quant à la préparation des supports. Mais les variations observables au sein du Gravettien touchent autant les processus de symbolisation dans l’art et les sépultures. Elles affectent différents substrats eurasiatiques, plutôt septentrionaux, comme mis en réserve dès les Néandertaliens. [less ▲]

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See detailCultural Marxism in the Anglo-Saxon radical right literature
Jamin, Jérôme ULg

in Jackson, Paul (Ed.) The Postwar Anglo-American Far Right: A Special Relationship of Hate (in press)

This chapter will analyze the place of the threat alleged of Cultural Marxism in the discourse of the radical and extreme right, in the United States as well as in continental Europe and the United ... [more ▼]

This chapter will analyze the place of the threat alleged of Cultural Marxism in the discourse of the radical and extreme right, in the United States as well as in continental Europe and the United Kingdom. The underlying aim of this chapter is to examine the determinant role that this ‘threat’ plays in the Anglo Saxon extreme right, in particular at the intellectual, ideological and doctrinal levels, in comparison to other countries. Certainly if the Netherlands, France or other countries have parties or political groups which borrow the rhetoric of ‘fighting’ against Cultural Marxism, or its more nebulous variant, ‘political correctness’, it certainly finds its origins in the United States, and more broadly the Anglo-Saxon world. To achieve this, the chapter will begin by unpicking the meanings behind the notion of Cultural Marxism, from its origins to its use in Anders Breivik’s manifesto released shortly before the Oslo and UtØya massacres. It will show that the term emerged from the literature of American ultraconservatives following the fall of the Berlin Wall as a consequence of the disappearance of the ‘red menace’ of Communism. Secondly, it will focus on two important moments in the development of the term. It will describe the phrase’s usage from the beginning of the 2000s within the discourse of Pat Buchanan, a political commentator and multiple U.S. presidential candidate. Then it will illustrate the re-emergence of the term some 10 years later, in the manifesto of Anders Breivik and in the subsequent justification of his acts throughout his trial. In both cases, we will see that Buchanan and Breivik emphasize the same basic theme, Cultural Marxism, in their denouncement of what they see as two different threats. Finally, from these explorations of the usage of the term, the discussion will examine other current uses of the notion of ‘Cultural Marxism’ in the British and American radical right. To conclude, it will show how the ‘Cultural Marxism’ threats are used by a variety of activists to argue for the defence of their political standpoints, setting this in a language of preserving freedom and democracy, but ultimately only within a framework designed to defend Judeo-Christian values. [less ▲]

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See detailSiting Controversies Analysis: Framework and Method for Questioning the Procedure
Rossignol, Nicolas ULg; Parotte, Céline ULg; Joris, Geoffrey ULg et al

in Journal of Risk Research (in press)

Siting controversies are commonplace, as well against the construction of roads, railways, nuclear waste disposals, as against windfarms. Local citizens resist against siting decisions taken by the ... [more ▼]

Siting controversies are commonplace, as well against the construction of roads, railways, nuclear waste disposals, as against windfarms. Local citizens resist against siting decisions taken by the authorities, following a dynamics often quoted as ‘Not In My Back Yard’. Yet contested for its lack of analytical value, NIMBY is still used strategically by actors to qualify citizens as irrational and egoistic. Beyond this labelling, many factors are investigated to understand the dynamics behind siting controversies. In this paper, we focus on the impact of the legal procedure structuring the implantation of windfarms in the Walloon Region (Belgium), and its translations within different decision making processes in specific case studies. To that regard, we consider the legal procedure as a ‘public policy instrument’. It is neither neutral nor natural, and carry values and interests. It organizes inter-personal relations between actors, and is potentially catalyzer of frustrations. In addition, this legal procedure is the object of translations within different contexts, including different actors participating to specific decision making processes. The empirical approach of this paper is based on case studies data and on the use of an innovative methodology called ‘Open Process Workshop’. This methodology consists in a structured workshop with key stakeholders, during which the legal procedure is questioned. Overall, we demonstrate that the focus on the legal procedure - and its translations within different decision making processes - allows systemic analysis providing deep understandings of controversies and reaffirming the interlinks between ‘the social’ and ‘the technical’ in such controversies. In addition, we argue that the methodology used fosters the production of innovative knowledge, mutual understanding and collective learning between the participants. [less ▲]

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See detailDerivation and Application of Sensitivities to Assess Transient Voltage Sags caused by Rotor Swings
Weckesser, Tilman; Johannsson, Hjortur; Ostergaard, Jacob et al

in International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems (in press)

The paper introduces an approach to investigate voltage sags, which are caused by large generator rotor swings following a transient disturbance. Therefore, the method exploits sensitivities derived from ... [more ▼]

The paper introduces an approach to investigate voltage sags, which are caused by large generator rotor swings following a transient disturbance. Therefore, the method exploits sensitivities derived from the algebraic network equations. These provide information on the impact of a generator on the voltage magnitude at a load bus and the e ffect of load variation on the generator's power injection. It is shown that these sensitivities give valuable information to identify critical generator-load pairs and locations for applying preventive control measures. [less ▲]

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See detailThe BNP and the FN. Between Islamophobia and the “defence” of democratic values
Jamin, Jérôme ULg

in Jackson, Paul (Ed.) The British Far Right in Transition: 1945 to Today (in press)

In this article Jérôme Jamin examines the ideological development of the British National Party (BNP) and the Front National (FN) since 9/11. He argues that if both parties have evolved towards discourses ... [more ▼]

In this article Jérôme Jamin examines the ideological development of the British National Party (BNP) and the Front National (FN) since 9/11. He argues that if both parties have evolved towards discourses more in line with democracy and liberal values, it can be explained by the opportunity the “threat” of Islam offered. After a reminder of the birth and the electoral evolution of the two parties, Jamin focuses on the perception and the definition of democracy as depicted in their manifestos and main public speeches. The study reveals an ethnic-styled perception of democracy at the BNP in opposition with a more civic perception at the FN, even if the analysis shows an ambiguity behind the use of the concept of “people” in the FN rhetoric mixing frequently “demos” and “ethnos”. The author confronts the combination of this new democratic rhetoric with the birth of Islam as a threat incompatible with “British democracy” in the United Kingdom and “Republican secularism” in France. In both parties, stereotypes of Islam are used to portray the BNP and the FN as defenders of a true and legitimate democracy and to a great extent, Jamin argues, “Islam” provided an unexpected opportunity to replace migrants, foreigners and Arabs with a new stereotype: the Muslim who threatens the separation between state and religion, equality between men and women, freedom of speech, and so on. Jamin concludes by emphasising that both parties required time to identify this new scapegoat. [less ▲]

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See detailFaire les courses au quotidien. L’approvisionnement alimentaire d’un groupe de migrantes marocaines en Italie en temps de crise
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

in Matagne, Geoffroy; Van Ingelgom, Virginie (Eds.) Actes du colloque Politiques de crise, crises du politique (in press)

La crise généralisée qui, depuis quelques années, a affaibli les économies de nombre d’états, a eu des conséquences sur la typologie des migrations internationales : les trajectoires, les projets, les ... [more ▼]

La crise généralisée qui, depuis quelques années, a affaibli les économies de nombre d’états, a eu des conséquences sur la typologie des migrations internationales : les trajectoires, les projets, les destinations, les départs se sont modifiés en fonction de nouveaux facteurs auxquels les individus et les groupes étaient confrontés . A côté de ces macro-dynamiques globales, la crise a également engendré des changements dans la vie quotidienne des migrants lorsqu’ils étaient déjà partis et qu’ils s’étaient déjà installés ailleurs. Dans ce cadre, ma contribution vise à analyser les pratiques d’approvisionnement alimentaire d’un groupe de migrantes marocaines en Italie mettant en place des stratégies pour faire face aux conséquences concrètes de la crise économique (notamment la diminution de leur pouvoir d’achat en conséquence de leur précarité professionnelle). Au travers de plusieurs déplacements dans la ville où elles habitaient et de la mobilisation des réseaux familiaux alimentant des circuits informels d’échange de biens, ces femmes satisfaisaient leurs différentes exigences – parmi lesquelles le désir de performer des préparations propres à leur mémoire incorporée – tout en répondant aux contraintes économiques déterminées par la crise. Je vais ainsi démontrer qu’en dépit des difficultés rencontrées, ces femmes arrivaient à exercer une agency dans le nouvel espace vécu et à se positionner de façon active au travers de leurs choix et conduites quotidiennes. [less ▲]

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See detailDu patrimoine au plat. Diversités et convergences culinaires dans un atelier de cuisine « interculturelle ».
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

in Autrepart : Revue de Sciences Sociales au Sud (in press)

En 2010 les gastronomies marocaine et italienne sont inscrites ensemble sur la liste représentative du patrimoine immatériel de l’humanité par l’Unesco. Elles font partie de la "diète méditerranéenne ... [more ▼]

En 2010 les gastronomies marocaine et italienne sont inscrites ensemble sur la liste représentative du patrimoine immatériel de l’humanité par l’Unesco. Elles font partie de la "diète méditerranéenne", dont les cuisines partagent « savoir-faire, connaissances, pratiques et traditions qui vont du paysage à la table […] » . Cultures alimentaires sensiblement différentes sont ainsi rapprochées les unes aux autres par un discours qui vise à les préserver. Ce discours atteint aussi les individus ; en particulier, lorsque les appartenances culturelles se rencontrent grâce à la mobilité des groupes et de leurs pratiques, on observe comment un patrimoine fabriqué à plusieurs mains fait l’objet d’échanges concrets. L’analyse ethnographique d’un atelier de cuisine arabe organisé dans le nord d’Italie mettra en évidence les diversités et les convergences, les nuances régionales et générationnelles qui dotent ce patrimoine d’un dynamisme et d’une appartenance territoriale mobile et partagée. [less ▲]

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See detailLes voyages du goût, entre localité et exotisme.
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

in Anthropology of Food (in press)

« Savourer la nourriture et respirer la culture marocaine deviennent une expérience et une émotion unique, à découvrir et à vivre grâce à la combinaison d’arômes, goûts, couleurs, formes et musiques ». Au ... [more ▼]

« Savourer la nourriture et respirer la culture marocaine deviennent une expérience et une émotion unique, à découvrir et à vivre grâce à la combinaison d’arômes, goûts, couleurs, formes et musiques ». Au travers de ce slogan, un renommé restaurant d’inspiration marocaine de la ville de Milan en Italie, invitait ses clients à voyager au travers de leur sensorialité dans une culture alimentaire (et par synecdoque, une culture tout court) autre. Le goût les aurait amenés à expérimenter un exotisme, qui était néanmoins contrôlé, car certaines conditions imposées par les normes locales faisaient en sorte que le déplacement vécu ne fût pas excessivement déstabilisant. Le résultat de ces négociations consistait d’un menu qui accostait les gastronomies marocaine et italienne (ou les procédures de l’une et de l’autre) dans certains plats décrits comme « fusion », qui satisfaisaient (ou non) les exigences des clients. Dans cet article, je vise à mettre en évidence les mécanismes de production discursive et matérielle de ces plats, ainsi comme les opinions des consommateurs. Pour ce faire, j’analyserai le matériel ethnographique collecté auprès du local en question en le comparant avec les pratiques observés dans d’autres restaurants milanais. En ce qui concerne les effets obtenus, j’appuierait mon analyse sur une plateforme de médias sociaux consacrée aux recensions d’endroits et locaux touristiques. La culture alimentaire sera étudiée dans ses aspects symboliques mais aussi matériels, en faisant également recours au matériel visuel récolté. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of Steam Explosion as Pretreatment on Lignocellulosic Material: A Review
Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Maniet, Guillaume ULg; Vanderghem, Caroline ULg et al

in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (in press)

Steam explosion is a thermo-mechanicochemical pretreatment which allows the breakdown of lignocellulosic structural components by the action of heating, formation of organic acids during the process, and ... [more ▼]

Steam explosion is a thermo-mechanicochemical pretreatment which allows the breakdown of lignocellulosic structural components by the action of heating, formation of organic acids during the process, and shearing forces resulting in the expansion of the moisture. Two distinct stages compose the steam-explosion process: vapocracking and explosive decompression which include modification of the material components: hydrolysis of hemicellulosic components (mono- and oligosaccharides released), modification of the chemical structure of lignin, and modification of the cellulose crystallinity index, etc. These effects allow the opening of lignocellulosic structures and influence the enzymatic hydrolysis yield of the material. [less ▲]

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See detailArrêt(s) sur image(s) : usages et pratiques du photogramme
Thonon, Jonathan ULg

in MethIS : Méthodes et Interdisciplinarité en Sciences Humaines (in press)

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See detailPregnancy-associated glycoprotein (PAG) concentration in plasma and milk samples for early pregnancy diagnosis in Lacaune dairy sheep
El Amiri, Bouchra; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Alvarez-Oxiley, Andrea et al

in Research in Veterinary Science (in press)

In the present study, four RIA systems (RIA-1 to -4) based on two antisera raised against ovine pregnancyassociated glycoproteins (ovPAGs), combined with an ovine or a bovine PAG tracer were used to ... [more ▼]

In the present study, four RIA systems (RIA-1 to -4) based on two antisera raised against ovine pregnancyassociated glycoproteins (ovPAGs), combined with an ovine or a bovine PAG tracer were used to measure PAG concentrations in plasma and milk samples of dairy ewes. Blood and milk samples were collected on different days of gestation: 0, 18, 20, 22, 25, 28, 32, 42, and 49. From day 20 onward, the PAG in plasma could be detected in all pregnant ewes using the four RIA systems. By using milk, except for RIA-1, the other systems showed a sensitivity of 100% from day 28 of gestation onward. In plasma, PAG concentrations were higher in multiple than in single pregnancies, while no clear relationship was observed in milk. In conclusion, milk is a good alternative to plasma for early pregnancy diagnosis in sheep from day 28 to day 42. [less ▲]

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See detailMyelofibrosis patients in Belgium: disease characteristics
Devos, Timothy; Zachée, Pierre; Bron, Domonique et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (in press)

Objective: To date, only a small number of epidemiological studies on myelofibrosis have been performed. The current study aimed to characterize the myelofibrosis patient population in Belgium according ... [more ▼]

Objective: To date, only a small number of epidemiological studies on myelofibrosis have been performed. The current study aimed to characterize the myelofibrosis patient population in Belgium according to predefined disease parameters (diagnosis, risk categories, hemoglobin ,10 g/dl, spleen size, constitutional symptoms, platelet count, myeloblast count), with a view to obtaining a deeper understanding of the proportion of patients that may benefit from the novel myelofibrosis therapeutic strategies. Methods: A survey was used to collect data on prevalence and disease parameters on all myelofibrosis patients seen at each of 18 participating hematologic centers in 2011. Aggregated data from all centers were used for analysis. Analyses were descriptive and quantitative. Results: A total of 250 patients with myelofibrosis were captured; of these, 136 (54%) were male and 153 (61%) were over 65 years old. One hundred sixty-five (66%) of myelofibrosis patients had primary myelofibrosis and 85 (34%) had secondary myelofibrosis. One hundred ninety-three myelofibrosis patients (77%) had a palpable spleen. About a third of patients (34%) suffered from constitutional symptoms. Two hundred twenty-two (89%) myelofibrosis patients had platelet count§50 000/ml and 201 (80%) had platelet count §100 000/ml. Of 250 patients, 85 (34%) had a myeloblast count §1%. Six (2%) patients had undergone a splenectomy. Thirteen (5.2%) patients had undergone radiotherapy for splenomegaly. Conclusions: The results of this survey provide insight into the characteristics of the Belgian myelofibrosis population. They also suggest that a large proportion of these patients could stand to benefit from the therapies currently under development. [less ▲]

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See detailZoroastre dans "Les Mages hellénisés". Portrait illusoire d'une sagesse barbare.
Swennen, Philippe ULg

in Sagesses barbares: colloque scientifique international (in press)

Dans "Les Mages hellénisés", Cumont et Bidez ont tenté un compromis entre l'état de l'art contemporain de la rédaction de leur ouvrage et le contenu des sources classiques qu'ils ont collectées. L'examen ... [more ▼]

Dans "Les Mages hellénisés", Cumont et Bidez ont tenté un compromis entre l'état de l'art contemporain de la rédaction de leur ouvrage et le contenu des sources classiques qu'ils ont collectées. L'examen de ces dernières permet pourtant de douter que les premiers témoins grecs du monde achéménide aient cru en l'historicité récente de Zoroastre. [less ▲]

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See detailConnections between the design tool, design attributes, and user preferences in early stage design
Häggman, Anders; Tsai, Geoff; Elsen, Catherine ULg et al

in Journal of Mechanical Design (in press)

Gathering user feedback on provisional design concepts early in the design process has the potential to reduce time-to-market and create more satisfying products. Among the parameters that shape user ... [more ▼]

Gathering user feedback on provisional design concepts early in the design process has the potential to reduce time-to-market and create more satisfying products. Among the parameters that shape user response to a product, this paper investigates how design experts use sketches, physical prototypes, and computer-aided design (CAD) to generate and represent ideas, as well as how these tools are linked to design attributes and multiple measures of design quality. Eighteen expert designers individually addressed a two-hour design task using only sketches, foam prototypes, or CAD. It was found that prototyped designs were generated more quickly than those created using sketches or CAD. Analysis of 350 crowdsourced responses to the resulting designs showed that those created as prototypes were perceived as more novel, more aesthetically pleasing, and more comfortable to use. It was also found that designs perceived as more novel tended to fare poorly on all other measured qualities. [less ▲]

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See detailDroit judiciaire
Boularbah, Hakim ULg; Georges, Frédéric ULg; de Leval, Georges ULg et al

Book published by Larcier (in press)

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See detailProcédés et enjeux de l'écriture polémique dans le dossier épistolaire anti-adoptianiste du concile de Francfort (794)
Close, Florence ULg; Veyrard-Cosme, Christiane

in Actes du colloque international ""Écriture et genre épistolaires, IVe-XIe s". 5-8 juin 2013 (in press)

Relecture à deux voix – historico-littéraire – des pièces du dossier épistolaire de Francfort attribué à Alcuin visant à dégager les stratégies littéraires et oratoires mises en œuvres par Alcuin au nom ... [more ▼]

Relecture à deux voix – historico-littéraire – des pièces du dossier épistolaire de Francfort attribué à Alcuin visant à dégager les stratégies littéraires et oratoires mises en œuvres par Alcuin au nom des évêques francs, d’une part, et de Charlemagne, de l’autre, pour tenter de ramener l’épiscopat espagnol dans le giron romain. Réflexion sur le rôle, l’importance et la puissance stylistique du genre épistolaire, hérité de l’Antiquité, dans deux foyers importants de haute culture de l’époque – la péninsule ibérique et le monde insulaire. [less ▲]

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See detailA l'ombre des guillotines en fleurs. Robert Desnos, la Liberté ou l'Amour (1927)
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Dubois, Jacques (Ed.) Erotique et politique dans la prose française contemporaine (in press)

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