Session 44: “The Staplehurst Railway Accident as a Gothic Motif in Dan Simmons’s Drood”

Session 44 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 11 January 2017 at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Bâtiment Olympes de Gouges, salle 347, 17h30-19h30).


Charlotte Wadoux (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3) gave a paper entitled “The Staplehurst Railway Accident as a Gothic Motif in Dan Simmons’s Drood.” Her respondent was Professor Catherine Lanone (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)


Charlotte Wadoux and Pr. Catherine Lanone discussing the idea of persistence in Neo-Victorian fiction


We worked with extracts from the following texts:

– Nicolas Abraham et Maria Torok, ‘Mourning or Melancholia‘ in The Shell and the Kernel (L’écorce et le noyau, 1987), vol 1. ed. & trans. Nicholas T. Rand, University of Chicago Press: Chicago & London, 1994.

-Dan Simmons, Drood, chapter 1, New York: Little Brown and Company, 2009.

– Charles Dickens, Letter of Charles Dickens to Thomas Mitton, 24 June 1865.

The seminar takes place at 5.30pm the following address: salle 347, Bâtiment “Olympe-de-Gouges”, 8 place Paul-Ricoeur, 75013, métro/RER Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand.

All are welcome!


The Victorian Persistence team at work!

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