Where Literature and Science Meet: The Earthy Writing of Jean-Loup Trassard

Kathryn St.Ours, Colorado School of Mines, USA


ISBN: 9780957301740

July 2015


ISBN: 978-1-910018-01-9

July 2015

Jean-Loup Trassard has published more than forty books over the past 50 years. Despite the diverse generic and stylistic diversity of his work, he has remained constant in his effort to depict the rural way of life. Himself a lifelong inhabitant of an agricultural area in the northwest of France, his fiction, nonfiction and photography bear witness to the many changes that have affected our relationship to the earth over the same period.

The global significance of the ecological themes that traverse his writings is presented here in English for the first time. More specifically, this ecocritical study examines the ecological implications of Trassard's literary and photographic production through the lens of science. Unexpected convergences between disciplines foster a deeper appreciation of the endeavors of each and their capacity for mutual enrichment. 

Kathryn St. Ours holds a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from the Catholic University of America and is currently an Associate Professor of French in the Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department at Goucher College near Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Her early research focused on the secular sacred and the fantastic in literature and cinema. More recently, she has published ecocritical pieces in Revue Romane, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment and Hybrides et monstres. Transgressions et promesses des cultures contemporaines.