Victorian Persistence 2012-2013 Programme

Programme 2012-2013:

– 3rd October 2012           : Sonia Ouaras (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), ‘The Mind in Distress: Investigation into the Uncanny in Victorian Fiction’. François Vergne (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) will be her respondent.

– 14th November 2012     : Céline Prest (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), ‘Circulation, Saturation and Implosion: the Dynamics of Paper in Dickens’s Novels’

– 5th December 2012        : Sarah Gould (Université Paris Diderot), ‘The Texture of Victorian Painting’

– 16th January 2013          : Shannon Delorme (Oxford University / Université Paris Diderot), ‘Natural history in 19th-century Britain: the influence of the Anglican community on popularising evolutionary ideas in Victorian Britain’

– 27th February 2013      : Mathieu Duplay (Université Paris Diderot) and Jagna Oltarzewska (Université Paris-Sorbonne), ‘From Emerson to Eminem’

– 20th March 2013           : Marie Laniel (Maître de Conférence, Université d’Amiens – Picardie-Jules-Verne), ‘Virginia Woolf’s Victorians’. Catherine Bernard (Professeur de littérature britannique et d’histoire de l’art, Université Paris Diderot) will be her respondent.

– 17th April 2013              : Marie Ruiz (Université Paris Diderot), Overpopulation in Victorian England: ‘“Surplus Women”: Emigration as the nineteenth-century solution to female overpopulation’, Marie Terrier (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), ‘Annie Besant and nineteenth-century Neomalthusianism: “family limitation” or “birth-restricting checks” as remedy to overpopulation and poverty’

– 15th May 2013               : Marina Poisson (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), ‘Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith: Persisting Figures, Persistent Visions’

– 12th June 2013               : Helena Gurfinkel (Assistant Professor from Illinois), ‘The Ethics of the Signifier: Wilde with Lacan’

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 5pm, 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 Róisín Quinn-Lautrefin (

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