Les origines du roman policier

Les origines du roman policier

Les origines du roman policier

Suzanne Bray is English and married to a Yorkshireman, but she lives in the north of France where she lectures in British civilisation at Lille Catholic University. She obtained her PhD from the Lille III University with a doctoral thesis on literary, lay apologists in Great Britain from 1900 to 1963. This thesis concentrated particularly on the works of C. S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, G. K. Chesterton and T. S. Eliot. Suzanne has also published several critical articles on these authors and about Charles Williams. She also translates and interprets, reads detective fiction and theology, and tries to convince the local population that English women can cook.

The Dorothy L. Sayers Society was founded in 1976 to encourage and promote study and production of the works of Dorothy L. Sayers. It has sponsored productions of The Zeal of Thy House and a group of The Man Born to be King cycle of plays. Among its publications are four volumes of The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers, The Lord Peter Wimsey Companion, a bi-monthly Bulletin and over fifty volumes of Sidelights on Sayers. The Society holds regular meetings and an annual Convention. While these are held mainly in the United Kingdorn sorne have been held in U.S.A., Germany, The Netherlands and France.

En 1940 un comité de la BBC, responsable de la propagande douce, demanda à Sayers d’écrire un discours radiophonique à l’intention du public français, afin de renforcer les liens entre les deux pays. Malheureusement, la France est envahie par les Allemands avant la diffusion de cette émission. Dans son texte Sayers parle de l’histoire du roman policier comme lien entre les deux cultures, française et britannique, et souligne les bases idéologiques du genre, qui encouragent la démocratie et refusent le totalitarisme.

Sayers, Dorothy L. (Dorothy Leigh), 1893-1957. Les origines du roman policier : a wartime wireless talk to the French : the original French text / Dorothy L. Sayers ; with an English translation, introduction and notes by Suzanne Bray. Hurstpierpoint : Dorothy L. Sayers Society, 2003.  – ISBN : 0-9545636-0-3