New seminar in Paris!

The first session of our seminar, which focused on the persistence of Victorian culture in contemporary British writing, took place on November 10th at the UFR d’Etudes Anglophones Charles V. Many people from different universities and fields of study came and joined in discussion, debate and, of course, tea and cakes!

Many thanks to all who came, and stay tuned for the next session on December 14th!

Victorian Persistence: Text, Image, Theory


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 to be the subject of a seminar which will consider 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 will be chosen for each session: 1. theory/philosophy 2. academic criticism and 3. literature/journalism. They will be made available beforehand. 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 will take place at the Université Paris Diderot and is supervised by Sara Thornton, Professor of English studies as part of the LARCA research centre. It will take place on Wednesdays at 5.30pm, at the Université Paris Diderot (UFR d’Etudes Anglophones Charles V, 10 rue Charles V, 75004 Paris, métro Bastille, Sully Morland or Saint-Paul). All are welcome.



For further information, contact Estelle Murail ( or Roisin Quinn-Lautrefin (

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