CFP : "Literary and cinematographic prequels, sequels, and coquels"

Call for papers

Literary and cinematographic prequels, sequels, and coquels.

Prequels, defined by the Chambers English dictionary as “ a film or a book produced after some other film or book, based on the same leading characters but depicting events happening before those of the first one”, sequels (“a resumption of a story already complete in itself”) and coquels (taking place simultaneously with another story) have always been part and parcel of the literary and, more recently, filmic landscapes. These three elements can of course also be combined to produce a more complex structure.

The aim of this seminar is to analyse the narrative strategies implemented by their authors and their impact as well as the reasons why, apart from the obvious marketing ploy, they are so popular. If Gérard Genette in Palimpsests is resolutely skeptical, Carolyn Jess-Cooke in her Film Sequels (2009) argues that these may also be challenging and consider the sequel as a trope of repetition, difference, continuation and memory. Indeed, in some cases, the line between sequels and rewrites as defined by Chantal Zabus can be rather fine.

We especially welcome papers dealing with late 20th-21st century works.

Please send your abstracts to all the convenors below by February 28th, 2016.

Convenors :

Ivan Callus, University of Malta (,

Georges Letissier, Université de Nantes, France (

Armelle Parey, Université de Caen, France (

Isabelle Roblin, Université du Littoral-Côte d’Opale, France (