The present-day globalization of Victorian writing can be traced back to the extraordinary plasticity of its textual and visual forms, as it travels 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 literature within the nineteenth-century as well as its survival and rebirth in later times. Three texts from the following domains are chosen for each session: 1. theory/philosophy 2. academic criticism and 3. literature/journalism. They are made available on our blog before each session. The idea of the seminar is to allow speakers to discuss their area of research with others through a study of the three texts and chosen images, and thus open out the subject to other corpora, centuries, disciplines.

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!



The next session of our seminar will take place on Wednesday 7 June 2017 (Bâtiment Olympes de Gouges, salle 347, 17h30-19h30).

Mathilde Vialard (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7) will give a paper entitled “The Nineteenth-Century Idée Fixe: The Concept of Monomania and its Influence on Literature.” Her respondent will be Pr. Christine Berthin-Murphy (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense).


Théodore Géricault, La Monomane de l’envie (The Mad Woman), 1819-1821, oil on canvas, 72 × 58 cm, Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon

We will work with extracts from the following texts:

– Esquirol, Étienne, Mental Maladies; a Treatise on Insanity. Translated from the French by Ebenezer Kingsbury Hunt (1845) [1838 (original French edition)]. p320-323
– De Saussure, Raymond, “The Influence Of The Concept Of Monomania On French Medico-Legal Psychiatry (From 1825 To 1840)”. Journal Of The History Of Medicine And Allied Sciences, vol 1, no. 3, 1946, pp. 365-397. Oxford University Press (OUP), doi:10.1093/jhmas/1.3.365. p365-369 The Influence Of The Concept Of Monomania On French Medico-Legal Psychiatry (From 1825 To 1840)
– Braddon, M.E, and Lyn Pykett. Lady Audley’s Secret. 1st ed., Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012,. p223-305

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