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 Tuesday 21 February 2017 at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Bâtiment Olympes de Gouges, salle 347, 17h30-19h30).

Dr. Melissa Dickson (University of Oxford) will give a paper entitled “Medical Technologies and Listening to the Body.” Her respondent will be Dr. Sophie Vasset (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7).

L0058191 Diorama showing René Laennec examining a patient at the Neck

Diorama showing René Laennec examining a patient at the Necker Hospital, England, made c. 1945-1960.

We will work with extracts from the following texts:

– Michel Foucault, The Birth of the Clinic, trans. A.M. Sheridan (London: Routledge, 1978), pp. 159-170. foucault_birth-of-clinic
– Jonathan Sterne, ‘Mediate Auscultation, the Stethoscope, and the “Autopsy of the Living”: Medicine’s Acoustic Culture, Journal of Medical Humanities, 22.1 (2001): 115-136. (pp. 130-135). sterne_mediate-ausculation
– Oliver Wendell Holmes, ‘The Stethoscope Song; A Professional Ballad’, The Poems of Oliver Wendell Holmes (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1862), pp. 182-5. wendell-holmes_stethoscope-song

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