Cahiers de littérature orale

The journal Cahiers de Littérature Orale (CLO), established by Geneviève Calame-Griaule and a group of researchers in 1976, is the only French publication dedicated to the study of the verbal art of oral cultures worldwide. This encompasses the study of oral literature genres and of everything related to the context of orality and to codified speech, including fictional productions – ranging up to their most modern forms – of literate cultures where oral and written forms coexist. The journal publishes original contributions in French and in English as well as book reviews. It is addressed, first and foremost, to researchers in the field of oral literature but it also targets experts dealing with orality from a practical and applied perspective (librarians, persons in charge of media centres, storytellers) as well as an educated non-professional audience.

The journal is hence affiliated to the research center LLACAN (INALCO – CNRS).


Nicole Belmont, Cécile Leguy and Sandra Bornand

Emaill :

(Honorary director: Geneviève Calame-Griaule)

Editorial board
  • Ioana Andreesco, Paris (retraitée)
  • Mihaela Bacou, Columbia University, Paris
  • Nicole Belmont, EHESS – Laboratoire d’anthropologie sociale
  • Brunhilde Biebuyck, Columbia University, Paris
  • Sandra Bornand, CNRS – LLACAN
  • Manon Brouillet, EHESS – Anhima, Paris
  • Josiane Bru, EHESS – LISST, Centre d’anthropologie sociale, Toulouse
  • Micheline Lebarbier, CNRS – LACITO
  • Cécile Leguy, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, LACITO
  • Bertrand Masquelier, affilié au CNRS – LACITO
  • Jean-Marie Privat, Université de Lorraine – CREM, Metz
Scientifique committee
  • Dan Ben Amos, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jean Derive, Université de Savoie – LLACAN
  • Graham Furniss, SOAS, Londres
  • Veronika Görög-Karady, CNRS
  • Lee Haring, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
  • John Leavitt, Université de Montréal
  • Juha Pentikaïnen, University of Lappland

Frequency: 2 issue (or a double issue) per year (no special issues)

Publisher: Inalco (Publications Langues’O)

The journal is accessible on Contributors to the journal can find guidelines and other information on this page.