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Focusing on editors as a key force behind “creation”

Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (French literature and arts)

GODA Yosuke 

The idea that literary works are the product of the collaboration of “writers” and “editors,” which is now well known, originated in the literary circles of Paris in the late 19th century, which I am researching. In France, editors were responsible for publishing as well as running literary magazines, literary groups, and the like, but literary research that is traditionally “author-oriented” has disregarded their role. That said, French archives contain correspondence between prominent editors and writers and various records. The topic of my research is to comprehensively investigate and examine these valuable materials that eloquently describe the scene behind the publishing world at the time and to prove that the direct involvement of editors was indispensable to the establishment of modern literature. I am currently collaborating with a team of 25 people in France, consisting of specialists in media theory and draft research. Last year, I stayed in Paris as an international joint researcher of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology and I organized research meetings and symposiums. Moreover, our future research intends to highlight various other professionals and systems that were involved in literature besides editors.

Alfred Vallette, the editor whom I am researching

The completed work which I helped to revise

My presentation at a symposium in France

Team members working in a special reading room

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