Bénédicte Letellier

Bénédicte Letellier is Associate Professor in Comparative Literature at the University of La Réunion. After completing a thesis in 2008, under the supervision of Pr. Jean Bessière at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle, on the fantastic in Arab literatures, she broadened her research to Indian-Oceanic literatures in the Arabic language, to poetry, to mysticisms (and more particularly Sufism) and to the philosophy of science. Since 2013, she has been a member of CIRET and has published many articles (in English and French) on the need to think about bridges between disciplines to access unified knowledge and, more particularly, on the transdisciplinary issues in literature. She has published her thesis Thinking the fantastic in an Arab context (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2010) and a French translation of an essay by the Arab poet Adonis, Soufisme et Surréalisme (Paris: Editions La Difference, 2016). In early 2021, the translation of Adonis’ latest poetry collection will be published at Le Seuil. Since 2016, she has been directing the ‘Littératures non Occidentales’ collection, supervised by an international scientific committee, at Editions Connaissances et Savoirs. Since 2018, she has been an associate member of the international research program Oceanic Humanities (led by Isabel Hofmeyr, University of Witwatersrand, AS).

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