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.


The next session of our seminar will take place on May 31st 2022 at 5.30pm on zoom.

Dr. Jolene Zigarovich (University of Northern Iowa) will give a paper entitled “Missing, Abandoned, and in Legal Limbo: Victorian Presumption of Death Laws and the Novel.” Her respondent will be Dr. Stéphanie Prévost (Université de Paris – LARCA).

To obtain the zoom link, please email estelle_murail@yahoo.fr or clemence.follea@u-paris.fr

All are welcome!

Click here to see our 2021-2022 programme.