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See detailDans les lignes, à travers les âges Guy Delhasse raconte Liège en toutes lettres
Lombard, David ULiege

Article for general public (2022)

Dans Liège en toutes lettres, Guy Delhasse raconte comment les écrivain(e)s ont écrit la ville de Liège depuis 1823. De ses vies ouvrière, politique, religieuse, sociale, scolaire à celles de ses ... [more ▼]

Dans Liège en toutes lettres, Guy Delhasse raconte comment les écrivain(e)s ont écrit la ville de Liège depuis 1823. De ses vies ouvrière, politique, religieuse, sociale, scolaire à celles de ses commerces, de ses transports, de ses arts, et de sa gastronomie, Liège y rayonne à tous les coins de rues et dans pléthores de lignes d’auteurs et autrices (in)connu(e)s pour se graver dans nos mémoires. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Pastoral: New Trajectories in the Anthropocene (Editorial Introduction)
Rozzoni, Stefano; Lombard, David ULiege

in Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of Environmental Humanities (2021), 2(2), 126-133

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See detailThe Pastoral: New Trajectories in the Anthropocene
Rozzoni, Stefano; Lombard, David ULiege

in Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of Environmental Humanities (2021), 2(2), 126-263

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See detailAux origines du nature writing : découvrir, écrire & penser la wilderness américaine aux XVIIIe et XIXe siècles
Lombard, David ULiege

in Acta Fabula: Revue des Parutions en Théorie Littéraire (2021), 22(10),

Comme l’avait souligné Pierre Schoentjes en 2015 dans son Essai d’écopoétique, l’ecocriticism, ou « l’étude de la littérature dans ses rapports avec l’environnement naturel », tire ses racines aux États ... [more ▼]

Comme l’avait souligné Pierre Schoentjes en 2015 dans son Essai d’écopoétique, l’ecocriticism, ou « l’étude de la littérature dans ses rapports avec l’environnement naturel », tire ses racines aux États-Unis, là où le peuple Américain profitait déjà d’une abondance d’œuvres de nature writing et d’un paysage naturel éblouissant qui avaient contribué à l’établissement d’un sentiment identitaire national1. Dans la continuité de P. Schoentjes, Sébastien Baudoin entreprend avec Aux origines du nature writing une étude cosmopolite du genre de « l’écriture de la nature », en y inscrivant deux auteurs français, François-René de Chateaubriand (1768-1848) et Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859), aux côtés de deux figures déjà largement étudiées dans le vaste et florissant domaine des humanités environnementales, à savoir William Bartram (1739-1823) et Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862). [less ▲]

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See detailÉcrire l’instantané, chanter la sincérité. Entretien avec Renaud Ledru alias Elvin Byrds
Lombard, David ULiege

Article for general public (2021)

Si Renaud est bien connu de Karoo grâce à son duo Alaska Gold Rush , c’est de son projet solo Elvin Byrds qu’il discute ici avec son homologue liégeois (David Lombard) après un concert en première partie ... [more ▼]

Si Renaud est bien connu de Karoo grâce à son duo Alaska Gold Rush , c’est de son projet solo Elvin Byrds qu’il discute ici avec son homologue liégeois (David Lombard) après un concert en première partie de Quentin Dujardin et Didier Laloy au Centre Culturel de Chênée. Ce qui s’ensuit sur la toile est un alignement d’astres de leurs projets et intérêts respectifs, qui préservent des teintes de littérature et musiques nord-américaines, mais avec une certaine nostalgie pour leurs racines francophones encore trop timides. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Nuclear Sublime and Gerald Vizenor’s Senses of Presence and Absence in Hiroshima Bugi: Atomu 57 (2003)
Lombard, David ULiege

Conference (2021, December 03)

By still suggesting fraught and distant experiences of overpowering phenomena, traditional theories of the sublime such as the “natural sublime” fail to deliver on the aesthetic and imaginative challenges ... [more ▼]

By still suggesting fraught and distant experiences of overpowering phenomena, traditional theories of the sublime such as the “natural sublime” fail to deliver on the aesthetic and imaginative challenges brought about by the Anthropocene. The nuclear or atomic sublime builds on the natural sublime’s “terrible beauty” initiated by the likes of Burke and Kant to aestheticize objects and landscapes such as the mushroom cloud and nuclear test sites which still leave the human subject in a state of “petrified awe” (Shukin 2020) and devoid of any sense of responsibility (Ferguson 1984; Wilson 1989; Hales 1991). Most phenomena associated with the nuclear sublime are, however, often invisible (e.g., radiation and nuclear waste) and have led writers and (environmental) humanities scholars to seek imaginative ways of representing imperceptible or concealed forms of ecological disruption caused by atomic power. This presentation will consider Gerald Vizenor’s “kabuki” novel Hiroshima Bugi: Atomu 57 (2003) as a case study for exploring the limits and affordances of (1) using the (nuclear) sublime as a strategy for figuring non/human materiality and (2) thinking in terms of presence and absence in the Anthropocene. Lastly, this presentation will undertake a narratological and rhetorical analysis of Vizenor’s experimental metaphors related to his senses of presence and absence in order to critically interrogate the potential of highly figurative language for countering the atomic sublime and for providing answers to the representational and ontological crises of the Anthropocene. [less ▲]

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See detailRewriting the Unthinkable: Atomic Bodies and the Nuclear Sublime in Lindsey A. Freeman’s Creative Memoir This Atom Bomb in Me (2019)
Lombard, David ULiege

Conference (2021, November 19)

Traditional theories of the natural sublime still suggest a fraught and distant experience of overpowering natural landscapes and thus seem incompatible with the Anthropocene aesthetic and imaginative ... [more ▼]

Traditional theories of the natural sublime still suggest a fraught and distant experience of overpowering natural landscapes and thus seem incompatible with the Anthropocene aesthetic and imaginative crises, which compel us to question the nature/culture divide. The nuclear or atomic sublime, for its part, has built on the natural sublime’s “terrible beauty” to aestheticize phenomena which leave the human subject in a state of “petrified awe” (Shukin 2020) and devoid of any sense of responsibility (Ferguson 1984; Wilson 1989; Hales 1991). This presentation will turn to the genre of the creative memoir or “eco-memoir” (Lynch 2020) as a resourceful site for thinking about the material sublime and new materialist alternatives to the nuclear sublime. More specifically, by means of a rhetorical and narratological analysis of atomic culture in Lindsey A. Freeman’s The Atom Bomb in Me (2019), this paper will evaluate the affordances and limits of using the nuclear sublime to figure the “invisible” and yet global and still-pervasive issue or “hyperobject” (Morton 2010; 2013) of nuclear danger. This presentation will also explore how Freeman’s interests in new materialist trends and concepts such as “vibrant matter” (Bennett 2010) and “trans-corporeality” (Alaimo 2010), which view humans and nonhumans as constantly “intermeshed” (Alaimo 2010, 2), in the “lower” sense of touch, and in other aesthetic categories such as the gothic and the weird (Fisher 2016), help her imaginatively rewrite our understanding of the emotional and affective dimensions of the nuclear sublime and sensorium. Overall, through its study of one of the ramifications of the current environmental crisis (atomic power) in Freeman’s memoir, this paper will redefine the nuclear sublime as a beguiling and dangerous strategy to represent the intricacies of our relationship with humans, nonhumans and technology in the Anthropocene. [less ▲]

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See detailHenry David Thoreau: Civil Disobedience
Lombard, David ULiege

in Clark, Robert; Sandru, Cristina (Eds.) The Literary Encyclopedia (2021)

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See detailRestoring the Farm: From the Silent Toxic Sublime to a Post-Agricultural Sublime of Presence in Contemporary American (Non)Fiction
Lombard, David ULiege

Conference (2021, October 01)

Recent works in American literature provide cultural responses to the Anthropocene imaginative challenges by no longer figuring farms as pastoral or romanticized “untouched” spaces but as either toxic or ... [more ▼]

Recent works in American literature provide cultural responses to the Anthropocene imaginative challenges by no longer figuring farms as pastoral or romanticized “untouched” spaces but as either toxic or restored sacrifice zones. Preluding a global environmental movement, Rachel Carson’s short story “A Fable for Tomorrow” (1962), for example, portrays a “strange blight” of invisible toxic pesticides spreading “a shadow of death” and a “strange stillness” which left people “puzzled and disturbed” in a small American town (2000, 21-22). My approach to Carson’s “Fable” will shed light on the ecocritical potential of the “unnarrated” (Warhol 2005) and the “toxic sublime” (Peeples 2011) for bringing more visibility to forms of toxicity which are usually abstract or “hidden” in traditionally pastoral or sublime landscapes (Buckley and Youngs 2018, 289). In the second part of this presentation, I will conduct a narratological and rhetorical analysis of contemporary representations of the farm drawing from passages from Wendell Berry’s novels A Place on Earth (1983) and Remembering (1988), and Kristin Kimball’s The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love (2011), which describe agricultural lands as endangered sacrifice zones while still opening the way for hope and systemic change through innovative approaches to community and organic farming. Lastly, I will examine how these works convey mixed sensory environmental emotions and aesthetic appreciation, ranging from awe, excitement and joy to disgust, despair and guilt, which beg for a reconsideration of our relationship to agricultural landscapes in contexts where intensive farming functions as the poster child for the destructive capitalist perception of the environment as an object of exploitation for massive food production. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Rhetorics and Narratologies of the Sublime in Contemporary American Memoir: Mountains, Alaska, and the Farm
Lombard, David ULiege

Conference (2021, August 03)

Traditional theories of the sublime center on a fraught and unsettling experience of overpowering natural phenomena. Such an approach seems difficult to reconcile with theories of the Anthropocene, which ... [more ▼]

Traditional theories of the sublime center on a fraught and unsettling experience of overpowering natural phenomena. Such an approach seems difficult to reconcile with theories of the Anthropocene, which generally tend to question the nature/culture divide. From Longinus to Addison, natural landscapes were deemed sublime because of their overwhelming size and ethereality, which were commonly associated with the divine or sacred. Burke later theorized the sublime as provoking feelings of “awe” and “horror” while Kant claimed that mountains symbolized the “infinite”, “inaccessible” and “unknowable”. Contemporary avatars like the “stuplime” (Ngai 2005) and “haptic sublime” (McNee 2016) have more recently repositioned the sublime into an embodied and more participative relationship with non-human otherness. The memoir is a privileged genre to explore reappropriations of the sublime and related affects: the genre deploys a range of imaginative, rhetorical and narratological techniques in an inevitably human-centered approach, which allows it to dramatize the senses of excess, overwhelm, and disorientation (Purdy 2015, 421) as components of human life whereas they typically characterize the classical sublime’s transcendent realms and the Anthropocene. This paper examines three sublime sites as they figure in three memoirs: mountains in Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air (1997), Alaska in Ernestine Hayes’s Blonde Indian (2006), and the farm in Kristin Kimball’s The Dirty Life (2010). In different but related ways, these memoirs help us to assess the affordances and limits of using recent notions of the sublime to represent so-called “wilderness” landscapes as well as Anthropocene entanglements. [less ▲]

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See detailHenry D. Thoreau : La désobéissance civile & Frédéric Gros : Désobéir
Lombard, David ULiege

Article for general public (2021)

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See detailKenan Görgün : Anatolia Rhapsody & François Gemenne : On a tous un ami noir
Lombard, David ULiege

Article for general public (2021)

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See detailÉcocritique, littérature, et anthropocène
Lombard, David ULiege

Conference (2021, June 10)

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See detailBASCE Creative Jam - Online workshop on "Writing Utopia"
Lombard, David ULiege

Speech/Talk (2021)

In this workshop, David Lombard, PhD candidate in American literary studies and the environmental humanities at the University of Liège and the KU Leuven, will break down the genre of utopia into its ... [more ▼]

In this workshop, David Lombard, PhD candidate in American literary studies and the environmental humanities at the University of Liège and the KU Leuven, will break down the genre of utopia into its essential parts. Drawing on examples from literature and visual arts, he will address the spatial and temporal assumptions of the genre, as well as its narratological conventions (epistolary style, fictional ethnography). He will also illustrate the variety of subgenres in utopian writing (e.g. solarpunk, post-apocalyptic fiction) and touch on some of the more complex aspects of the genre, for example its relationship with dystopia, and its politics of creative destruction. Equipped with this knowledge, participants will then be invited to put all these pieces together again in ways that speak to their personal hopes and concerns for the future, or in search of forms that challenge mainstream, Western, conceptions of ideal societies. This output may take any form the participants are comfortable with, and the workshop will provide plenty of examples for inspiration. [less ▲]

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See detailKulturökologie und ökologische Kulturen in der Großregion/Écologie culturelle et cultures écologiques dans la Grande Région
Lombard, David ULiege; Klaubert, Hannah

in Local Environment (2021), 26(7), 921-922

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See detailSong of Walt Whitman, Song of Hope?
Lombard, David ULiege

E-print/Working paper (2021)

Walt Whitman was a Long-Island born poet who is most notably known for Leaves of Grass (1855), a work that was inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s call for great poets to render the genuine American ... [more ▼]

Walt Whitman was a Long-Island born poet who is most notably known for Leaves of Grass (1855), a work that was inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s call for great poets to render the genuine American experience. In this collection, Whitman takes the voice of a democratic poet on and “prepares us for the perception of a single, universal truth and for our subsequent transformation into the kind of people we need to be” (Brink 2013, xv). Whitman was always close to US pop culture and its (anti)heroes. The nineteenth-century American poet is at the heart of America’s culture, which is shown by, for example, John Keating and his rebellious schoolboys chanting Whitman’s eponymous line of “O Captain! My Captain!” in Peter Weir’s Dead Poets Society (1989) and the many references to Whitman’s work in Breaking Bad (2008-2013) (Bolonik 2013). To the question “Who is the quintessential American?,” Elisabeth Panttaja Brinke, writer, editor and educator who taught literature at Harvard University, Tufts University and Boston College, argues it is “Whitman” (2013, xxii), mainly because of the poet’s representations of both democracy and nature. [less ▲]

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See detailNous sommes à la lisière de Caroline Lamarche : Vers un monde pas si étrange ?
Lombard, David ULiege

Article for general public (2021)

Le dernier recueil de nouvelles de Caroline Lamarche, Nous sommes à la lisière, décrit neuf rencontres entre humanité et animaux. Deux univers qui se ressemblent sans jamais se rejoindre complètement, et ... [more ▼]

Le dernier recueil de nouvelles de Caroline Lamarche, Nous sommes à la lisière, décrit neuf rencontres entre humanité et animaux. Deux univers qui se ressemblent sans jamais se rejoindre complètement, et qui peuvent s’apprécier, mais sans jamais vraiment se comprendre. [less ▲]

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See detailEcodystopia, Post-Apocalyptic Literature and the Anthropocene Aesthetic Shift
Lombard, David ULiege

Scientific conference (2021, April 19)

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See detailRevisiting America’s Last Frontier: Richard Proenneke’s and Ernestine Hayes’s “Worlds” and Ecological Sublimes
Lombard, David ULiege

Conference (2021, April 17)

Alaska is a world apart, America’s “last frontier”, which offers a challenging and awe-inspiring wilderness experience (Nash 2014). While its nature illustrates the horrid features of the Burkean sublime ... [more ▼]

Alaska is a world apart, America’s “last frontier”, which offers a challenging and awe-inspiring wilderness experience (Nash 2014). While its nature illustrates the horrid features of the Burkean sublime, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and air traffic show the presence of technology in a state that has been perceived as “pure” and “pristine”, a view customarily associated with the natural sublime. Consequently, contemporary U.S. memoirs which include descriptions of extra-textual Alaskan landscapes constitute suitable case studies for analyzing the rhetorical affordances and limits of (1) using the concept of wilderness as world in the environmental humanities and of (2) the sublime for figuring modes of (non-)human materiality in the Anthropocene, in which the reality of nature can no longer be separated from humanity and its culture. While the Anthropocene and the sublime are linked to senses of excess, overwhelm, and disorientation (Purdy 2015), the memoir, as inevitably human-centered, is a privileged genre to investigate the Anthropocene sublime and related affects. Through a rhetorical and narratological—mainly informed by recent insights from econarratology (James and Morel 2020) which will help interpret emotions and affects produced by the sublime and examine readers’ emotional engagement with narratives of the sublime¬—analysis of Sam Keith’s One Man's Wilderness (1973) and Ernestine Hayes’s Blonde Indian (2006), this paper will argue that the natural sublime and the concept of wilderness are still problematic, and will explore the “haptic sublime” (McNee 2016) and “stuplime” (Ngai 2005) as contributing to shaping a more participative, “ecological sublime” (Hitt 1999). [less ▲]

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See detailAnatolia Rhapsody : L’exil et ses identités fragmentées
Lombard, David ULiege

Article for general public (2021)

Réédité dans la collection Espace Nord cette année, Anatolia Rhapsody (2014) est un roman essai fort et exigeant qui (ré)explore et (re)questionne les problèmes identitaires, culturels et socio ... [more ▼]

Réédité dans la collection Espace Nord cette année, Anatolia Rhapsody (2014) est un roman essai fort et exigeant qui (ré)explore et (re)questionne les problèmes identitaires, culturels et socio-économiques liés à l’immigration turque. [less ▲]

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