The present-day globalization of Victorian writing can be traced back to the extraordinary plasticity of its textual and visual forms, as it travelled from place to place and media to media. Such temporal, geographical, cultural and intermedial persistence is the subject of this seminar which considers the different modes of resistance of Victorian aesthetics, ideology and technology within the nineteenth-century as well as survival and rebirth in later times and digital form. The idea of the seminar is to allow speakers to discuss their area of research with others through a study of texts and chosen images, and thus open out their subject to other corpora, centuries, disciplines. A respondent is chosen for each session to allow a dialectical approach which might enrich and develop the project of the speaker. Texts and images are chosen for each session and made available on our blog beforehand.

This seminar takes place at the Université Paris Cité and is supervised by Professor Sara Thornton. It is part of the “Frontières du Littéraire” pathway within the LARCA research group (UMR 8225 du CNRS).

For further information, contact Róisín Quinn-Lautrefin (roisinql@hotmail.fr), Estelle Murail (estelle_murail@yahoo.fr), Clémence Folléa (clemence.follea@gmail.com), or Sandeep Bakshi, (Sandeep.Bakshi@u-paris.fr).

The seminar usually takes place once a month at 5pm at the following address:

Bâtiment “Olympe-de-Gouges”, salle 347, 8 place Paul-Ricoeur, 75013, métro/RER Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand.

All are welcome!

Our next session will take place in 2023 at the Université Paris Cité and online.

Xavier Giudicelli (Université de Reims) will give a paper entitled “Victorian Resonances in Alan Hollinghurst’s Fiction: Queer Temporalities and Intermedial Dialogues.” His respondent will be Pr. Georges Letissier (Université de Nantes). This is a joint session with the axis Frontières du Littéraire. (Salle 830). To find out more, click here.

We are also organising a half study day on Emilie Brontë’s Jane Eyre on May 30th. With Céline Prest, Roisin Quinn-Lautrefin, Dunlaith Bird, and Pr. Sara Thornton. More details coming soon!

Click here to see our 2022-2023 programme.