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In the face of disappearance: A tribute to the work of Robin Adamson

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Máire Cross


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In this reflective and introductory article, Máire Cross considers the parallels between the intellectual and collaborative networks forged between scholars today, and the intellectual and collaborative network Jules Puech and his wife Marie-Louise operated from Borieblanque during the Occupation, which provided support to female academics across France. Among these was the Australian doctoral student Christine Morrow, who found herself in Toulouse after the civilian exodus of 1940; Christine had been the colleague and friend of Robin Adamson at the University of Western Australia, to whose memory this special issue is dedicated. Adamson was working with Remy Cazals on the French edition of Christine Morrow's diary, and, while tracing Morrow's life in France during this period, made contact with Maire Cross, whose interest in the Puechs derived from her own work on Flora Tristan, about whom Jules Puech had written a biography. Cross concludes the article by reproducing in full a conference paper sent to her by Robin Adamson in 2014 in which Robin described with great warmth and enthusiasm the continued expansion of the network of scholarly interest around Christine Morrow to include Wendy Michallat, whose work on the papers of Madeleine Blaess, a British doctoral student at the Sorbonne, also signalled a parallel expansion of the Borieblanque wartime network.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Cross MF

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: French Literature and Culture

Year: 2017

Volume: 54

Pages: 13-23

Online publication date: 01/10/2018

Acceptance date: 19/04/2017

ISSN (print): 1835-7040

Publisher: University of Western Australia