2014-2015

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 36: “Humour in British and French bicycling literature and culture, 1880-1914”

Session 36 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 10 June at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Bâtiment Olympes de Gouges, salle 347, 17h30-19h30).

Edward Tennyson Reed, A warning to enthusiasts published in Punch or the London Charivari, July 6, 1889. Mountain Scorchers, Punch.

Edward Tennyson Reed, ‘A warning to enthusiasts,’ Punch or the London Charivari, July 6, 1889. Mountain Scorchers, Punch.

Una Brogan (Université Paris Diderot) gave a paper entitled “Humour in British and French bicycling literature and culture, 1880-1914.” Her respondent was Will Noonan (Université de Bourgogne).

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We worked with sections from the following texts:

– Grant Allen, Miss Cayley’s Adventures. London: Grant Richards, 1899. Grant Allen, Miss Cayley

– J.W. Allen, Wheel Magic; or, Revolutions of an Impressionist. London: The Bodley Head, 1909.

– Henri Bergson, Le rire : essai sur la signification du comique. Paris: PUF, 1981 (1900).

– Alfred Jarry, Le surmâle: roman moderne. Paris: Editions de la revue blanche, 1902 (whole text available on Gallica http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k1139650)

– Jerome K. Jerome, H.G. Wells et al., The Humours of Cycling. London: James Bowder, 1897.

– R.J. Mecredy, The Art and Pastime of Cycling. Dublin: Mecredy and Kyle, 1890.

– R.J. Muir, Plato’s Dream of Wheels. London: T.F. Unwin, 1902.

– Frédéric Régamey, Vélocipédie et automobilisme. Tours, Alfred Mame et fils, 1898 (whole text available on Gallica http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k1187706)

– H.G. Wells, The Wheels of Chance. London: J.M. Dent, 1896.

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Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 35: “Narrative Lines in Elizabeth’s Gaskell’s North and South

Session 35 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 20 May at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Bâtiment Olympes de Gouges, salle 347, 17h30-19h30).

Ardwick junction, from John Airey, Railway Junction Diagrams: Complete Work Showing All the Connecting Points between Railways in Great Britain (London: W. W. Coard, 1867).

Ardwick junction, from John Airey, Railway Junction Diagrams: Complete Work Showing All the Connecting Points between Railways in Great Britain (London: W. W. Coard, 1867).

Nicola Kirkby (King’s College London) gave a paper entitled Railways and ‘Narrative Lines in Elizabeth’s Gaskell’s North and South.’ Pr. Sara Thornton (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7) was her respondent.

Nicola Kirkby and Pr. Sara Thornton

We worked with the following material:

– Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South (1855), chapter 32, ‘Mischances’

– Sandy Welch, North and South (2004), episode 4

– Zemka, S., ‘Brief Encounters: Street Scenes in Gaskell’s Manchester’ ELH 73.3 (2009): 793-819. Zemka, Brief encounters

Screenshot from Sandy Welch's 2004 BBC adaptation of North and South

Screenshot from Sandy Welch’s 2004 BBC adaptation of North and South

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 34: “’As I cannot write’: stitching self and soul in Elizabeth Parker’s sampler.”

Session 34 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 15 April at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Bâtiment Olympes de Gouges, salle 347, 17h30-19h30).

Róisín Quinn-Lautrefin gave a paper on Elizabeth Parker's sampler, which was made after 1830, and which is held at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Róisín Quinn-Lautrefin talked to us about Elizabeth Parker’s sampler, which was made after 1830, and which is held at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Ariane Fennetaux gave a paper on women's tie-on pockets in Britain between the 18th and the 19th century

Ariane Fennetaux told us about women’s tie-on pockets in Britain between the 18th and the 19th century

Róisín Quinn-Lautrefin (Université Paris Diderot) gave a paper entitled “’As I cannot write’: stitching self and soul in Elizabeth Parker’s sampler.” Her respondent was Ariane Fennetaux (Université Paris Diderot).

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We worked with the following texts:

– Transcript from Elizabeth Parker’s sampler. Transcript of Elizabeth Parker’s sampler

– Sarah Stickney Ellis, Women of England (1839), Ch. 1 Sarah Stickney Ellis The women of England

– Rozsika Parker, The Subversive Stitch (1984), Ch. 1. Rozsika Parker

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 33: “Exploring persistence in humour: Cartoons and comic dialogues in the late Ottoman Empire.”

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Dr. Michael Talbot (Université Paris 1) gave a paper entitled “Exploring persistence in humour: Cartoons and comic dialogues in the late Ottoman Empire.” His respondent was Sam Dolbee (NYU).

Sam Dolbee (New York University) and Dr. Michael Talbot (Université Paris 1)

Sam Dolbee (New York University) and Dr. Michael Talbot (Université Paris 1)

We worked on the following texts :

– Ottoman primary sources : Cartoons and Jokes

– Palmira Brummett, Image and Imperialism in the Revolutionary Ottoman Press, 1908-1911 (New York: SUNY, 2000), chapter 7 : The Comic Culture

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 32: “Persistance et systémique : romantique et victorien, et cetera.”

Screenshot from Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights

Screenshot from Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights

Session 32 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 4 February 2015 at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Bâtiment Olympes de Gouges, salle 347, 17h30-19h30). The seminar was a collaboration with the Romantic Commons research group, which is also part of the LARCA research centre.

Pr. Roger Chazal (Emeritus Professor, Paris 8 University) gave a paper entitled “Persistance et systémique : romantique et victorien, et cetera.” Pr. Jean-Marie Fournier (Université Paris Diderot) was his respondent.

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Professor Jean-Marie Fournier and Professor Roger Chazal

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 31: “Scratches in the Window: Education and Discipline in Wuthering Heights.”

Session 31 of our seminar took place on Thursday 29th January 2015 at the Université Paris Diderot (Bâtiment “Olympe-de-Gouges”, salle 347, 17h30-19h30).

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Katherine Osborne (King’s College London) gave a paper entitled “Scratches in the Window: Education and Discipline in Wuthering Heights.” Professor Catherine Bernard (Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7) was her respondent.

Kate Osborne (King's College London) and Professor Catherine Bernard (Université Paris Diderot)

Kate Osborne (King’s College London) and Professor Catherine Bernard (Université Paris Diderot)

We worked with the following texts:

– Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, 1847. Extracts Wuthering Heights

– Margaret Homans, ‘Repression and Sublimation of Nature in Wuthering Heights’, PMLA, Vol. 93, No. No. 1 (Jan., 1978), pp. 9-19. Homans

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Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 30: “Outside the Laboratory Door: Narrative Medicine in Wilkie Collins’s Heart and Science.”

Session 30 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 10th December 2014 at the Université Paris Diderot (Bâtiment “Olympe-de-Gouges”, salle 119, 17h30-19h30).

Verity Burke

Verity Burke (University of Reading) gave a paper entitled “Outside the Laboratory Door: Narrative Medicine in Wilkie Collins’s Heart and Science.” Dr. Andrew Mangham (University of Reading) was her respondent.

Verity Burke and Andrew Mangham discussing the links between science and literature during the seminar

Verity Burke and Andrew Mangham discussing the links between science and literature during the seminar

Verity Burke and Dr. Andrew Mangham

Dr. Andrew Mangham and Verity Burke

We worked with the following texts:

– Wilkie Collins, Heart and Science : A Story of the Present Time, 1883 Collins

– Claude Bernard, Experimental Medicine, 1865 Bernard

– George Levine, Dying to Know: Scientific Epistemology and Narrative in Victorian England, 2002 Levine

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Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 29: “The persistence of the criminal theme: the Newgate Novel and the popularity of literary transgression.”

Session 29 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 26 November 2014 at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Bâtiment Olympes de Gouges, salle 119, 17h30-19h30).

George Cruikshank, “Mr Wood Offers to Adopt Little Jack Sheppard”, and “The Name on the Beam”, 1839.

George Cruikshank, “Mr Wood Offers to Adopt Little Jack Sheppard”, and “The Name on the Beam”, 1839.

Hubert Malfray (Université Paris-Sorbonne) gave a paper entitled “The persistence of the criminal theme: the Newgate Novel and the popularity of literary transgression.” His respondent will be Pr. Nathalie Vanfasse (Université d’Aix-Marseille).

Hubert Malfray and Nathalie Vanfasse dicussing the reason for the popularity of crime in fiction

Hubert Malfray and Nathalie Vanfasse dicussing the reasons for the popularity of crime in fiction

Hubert Malfray and Nathalie Vanfasse

Hubert Malfray and Nathalie Vanfasse

We worked with the following text:

– William H. Ainsworth, Jack Sheppard, “The Procession to Tyburn”, 1839.

– William H. Ainsworth, Rookwood, 1834. Ainsworth

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 28: “Imaginary terrors, unpleasant consequences: scurvy and same-sex affairs during polar exploration.”

Session 28 of our seminar took place on Thursday 23rd October at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Bâtiment Olympes de Gouges, salle 347, 17h30-19h30).

The Advance and Rescue entering Lancaster Sound, Elisha Kent Kane, The U.S. Grinnell Expedition, 1854.

The Advance and Rescue entering Lancaster Sound, Elisha Kent Kane, The U.S. Grinnell Expedition, 1854.

Tomek Mossakowski (King’s College London) gave a paper entitled “Imaginary terrors, unpleasant consequences: scurvy and same-sex affairs during polar exploration.” Pr. Frédéric Regard (Université Paris-Sorbonne) was his respondent.

Tomek Mossakowski and Professor Frédéric Regard

Tomek Mossakowski and Professor Frédéric Regard

We worked with the following texts:

– Markham, Clements. Franklin’s Footsteps, A Sketch of Greenland, Along the Shores of which His Expedition Passed, and of the Parry Isles, Where the Last Traces of It Were Found. London: Chapman and Hall, 1853. Markham

– Parry, William. Three Voyages for the Discovery of a Northwest Passage, and Narrative of an Attempt to Reach the North Pole. Gloucester: Dodo Press, 1844. Parry

– Anderson, Warick. Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race and Hygiene in the Philippines. London: Duke University Press, 2006. 

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