Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 18: ‘Translation as Persistence: News from Nowhere, the Second International and some Limits of William Morris’s Inter-nationalism.’

Session 18 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 9th October 2013 at the Université Paris Diderot (Salle 265 E, 17h30-19h30).

News from Nowhere, Kelmscott ManorOwen Holland (University of Cambridge) will give a paper entitled  ‘Translation as Persistence: News from Nowhere, the Second International and some Limits of William Morris’s Inter-nationalism.’ His respondent was be Pr. Isabelle Gadoin (Université de Poitiers).

We worked with the following texts:

– Michael Löwy, ‘Fatherland or Mother Earth?: Nationalism and Internationalism’, Fatherland or Mother Earth? Essays on the National Question (London: Pluto, 1998), pp. 51-62. Lowy, Nationalism and Internationalism

–  Walter Benjamin, ‘The Task of the Translator’ (1923), Illuminations, trans. Harry Zohn (London: Fontana, 1973), pp. 69-82. Walter Benjamin, The task of the translator, an introduction to the translation of baudelaires tableaux parisiens

– William Morris, News from Nowhere (1890), chapters 5, 13-4 and 17.

Translation as Persistence handout

Watch some extracts from the seminar below:

The seminar is held monthly on Wednesdays at 5.30pm at the following address:

Halle aux farines, Hall E or Hall F, 5ème étage: accès par le hall E, allée paire, ascenseur F,  accès 9 esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet 75013 Paris ou 10 rue Françoise Dolto 75013 Paris, métro Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand.

All are welcome!

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

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