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 Diderot and is supervised by Professor Sara Thornton as part of the LARCA research centre (UMR 8225 du CNRS).

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

The seminar takes place once a month at 5.30 pm at the following address:

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

All are welcome!

Click here to see our 2018 programme.


The next session of our seminar will take place on Wednesday 31 January 2018 at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Bâtiment Olympes de Gouges, salle 347, 18h30-20h).


Leonardo Da Vinci, The head of Leda, c.1504-6, pen and ink over black chalk, 17.7 x 14.7 cm (sheet of paper), Royal Collection.

Asimina Kaniari (Athens School of Fine Arts) will give a paper entitled “Hair in Motion: Victorian Affect and Biological Persistence in Walter Pater’s Studies in the History of the Renaissance.”

Her respondent will be Ariane Fennetaux (Université Paris Diderot).

We will work with extracts from the following texts:
– Walter Pater, chapter ‘Leonardo da Vinci; Homo Minister et Interpres Naturae‘ in  Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873)
– Walter Pater, ‘Two Early French Stories‘ (1872)
– W. G. Sebald, Vertigo [1990], trans. Michael Hulse, New York: New Directions, 1999.

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