2020-2021

Session 69: “Letter-Writing for the Masses in Nineteenth-Century Britain.” 

Session 69 of our seminar took place on 24 April 2021.

Rippingille, Edward Villiers; The Post Office; Leeds Museums and Galleries; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/the-post-office-37639

Dr. Kathrin Levitan (William & Mary, Williamsburg) gave a paper entitled “Letter-Writing for the Masses in Nineteenth-Century Britain.” Her respondent was be Dr. Stéphanie Prévost (University of Paris, LARCA).

Session 68: “Seeking Asylum: Nineteenth-Century Migration, the La Guayrian Emigrants, and Jane Eyre.”

Session 68 of our seminar took place on 24 March 2021 at 5.30pm on zoom.

‘Topo, Houses for Settlers’, water colour by Meinard Retemeyer, 29 x 22 cm.   In Hans P. Rheinheimer, Topo: A Story of a Scottish Colony near Caracas 1825-1827 (Scottish Academic Press, 1988). 

Pr. Josephine McDonagh (University of Chicago) gave a paper entitled “Seeking Asylum: Nineteenth-Century Migration, the La Guayrian Emigrants, and Jane Eyre.” Her respondent was Dr. Sandeep Bakshi (Université de Paris).

‘View of the pass from Quindio, in the province of Popayan, & cargueros (or carriers) who travel it,’ engraving by Edward Francis Finden, 8,3 x 18.3cm. In John Potter Hamilton, Travels through the interior provinces of Columbia …, Vol. II (London: John Murray, 1827).

You can watch the session here.

Session 67: “Of Water and Women in the Victorian Imagination”

Session 67 of our seminar took place on zoom on Friday the 22nd of January 2021 at 5pm.

John William Waterhouse, Undine (1872)

Pr. Béatrice Laurent (Université Bordeaux-Montaigne) gave a paper entitled “Of Water and Women in the Victorian Imagination”.

Her respondent was Pr. Hilary Fraser (Birkbeck, University of London).

You can rewatch the session here:

Béatrice LAURENT is Professor of Victorian Studies at the Université Bordeaux-Montaigne. A Pre-Raphaelite scholar, she has edited a volume of essays on William Morris’s News from Nowhere (Le Temps, 2004), and authored La Peinture anglaise (Le Temps, 2006), as well as numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, Visual Culture in Britain, Cahiers Victoriens et Édouardiens. Béatrice Laurent studies art through its interactions with theoretical discourses in Provence and the British Imagination (co-edited, Ledizioni, 2013), and in Sleeping Beauties in Victorian Britain: Cultural; Literary and Artistic Explorations of a Myth (edited, Peter Lang 2015).Her broader field of research covers the zones of conceptual overlapping between art, literature, science and society, particularly in Victorian Britain.

 Hilary Fraser is Professor Emerita of Birkbeck, University of London, where she held the Geoffrey Tillotson Chair of Nineteenth-Century Studies from 2002–2020. She was for more than a decade Director of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, and was Founding Editor of its open-access e-journal 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century (www.19.bbk.ac.uk). From 2015-2018 she was President of the British Association for Victorian Studies. She has written monographs on women’s writing about art, the Victorians and Renaissance Italy, aesthetics and religion in Victorian literature, nineteenth-century non-fiction prose, and gender and the Victorian periodical press. She is now working on a book on art writing and preparing a scholarly edition of The Renaissance by Walter Pater, both for Oxford University Press.

Session 66: “George Eliot’s Italian Journeys: Historical Place Writing and Chronotopes in Romola and Middlemarch

Session 66 of our seminar took place on zoom on the 13th of October 2020 at 1pm.

Frederic Leighton, ‘Drifting Away’ (1863). Cornhill Magazine VII (June 1863), opp. p. 681.

Dr. Julia Kuehn (Professor at the University of Hong Kong) gave a paper entitled “George Eliot’s Italian Journeys: Historical Place Writing and Chronotopes in Romola and Middlemarch”.

Her respondent was Pr. Sara Thornton (Université de Paris, LARCA).