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Lady Frazer and the world of books in France

Grant number: 22/06887-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2023
Effective date (End): February 28, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal Investigator:Luís Felipe Bueno Sobral
Grantee:Luís Felipe Bueno Sobral
Host Investigator: Christine Laurière
Host Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: Héritages : Culture/s, Patrimoine/s, Création/s, France  
Associated research grant:19/05567-5 - Historiography of anthropology, AP.JP


The main objective of this project is to research a few archives in France and England. It fits into a double frame of reference. First, the project "Historiography of Anthropology", which I currently coordinate at the Department of Anthropology at Unicamp with the support of a research grant "Jovem Pesquisador" from Fapesp. Second, my intellectual project, which is dedicated to the circulation of the works of the Scottish anthropologist Sir James G. Frazer (1854-1941) in France, a process in which his wife, Lady Elizabeth Frazer (1855-1941) played a central role. In particular, the aim of this project is to research the collection of the Librairie orientaliste Paul Geuthner, preserved at the Institut Mémoires de l'édition contemporaine (Imec), in Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe, France. Paul Geuthner (1877-1949) was Frazer'smain editor in France, publishing half of the French translations of Frazer's works. The examination of this unprecedented and rare collection will allow a deeper understanding of the relationship between Lady Frazer, who coordinated the work of the translators, and two fundamental characters in the publishing world: the bookseller-publisher and the translator. The understanding of this problem will especially serve the writing of a chapter of the book I am currently preparing about the circulation of Frazer's work in France and which will be published in French in the collection "Les Carnets de Bérose", coordinated by Frederico Delgado Rosa (FCSH NOVA) and Christine Laurière (CNRS), who hosts this project in the research group Bérose: Encyclopédie Internationale des Histoires de l'Anthropologie, of which I am a member. In this way, I hope to contribute to the debate between three interdisciplinary fields: the historiography of anthropology, gender relations and the history of books. (AU)

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