Françoise Besson is Professor of Literatures in English at the University of Toulouse 2-Jean Jaurès, France, and served as President of the French Society of Travel Literature in English (SELVA), and as Head of the Toulouse Group of Research in Canadian Studies (GREC) for several years. She is also a member of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment (EASLCE) and the Toulouse Academy of Sciences, Inscriptions and Letters. She is chief editor of the journal Caliban. She specialized in landscape representation, literature and ecology in English, Native American and Canadian travel and environmental literature. She is the author, editor and co-editor of several books on mountains and landscape in Anglophone literature and history, and the translator of one of Scott Slovic’s books. She is also the author of several collections of poems, tales and short stories and co-author (with her mother, Madeleine Besson) of several books on regional arts and popular traditions.