2016-2017

Session 46: “The Nineteenth-Century Idée Fixe: The Concept of Monomania and its Influence on Literature”

Session 46 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 7 June 2017 at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Bâtiment Olympes de Gouges, salle 347, 17h30-19h30).

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Théodore Géricault, La Monomane de l’envie (The Mad Woman), 1819-1821, oil on canvas, 72 × 58 cm, Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon

Mathilde Vialard (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7) gave a paper entitled “The Nineteenth-Century Idée Fixe: The Concept of Monomania and its Influence on Literature.” Her respondent was Pr. Christine Berthin-Murphy (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense).

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Pr. Christine Murphy Berthin and Mathilde Vialard discussing Dickens’s Graphomania

We worked with extracts from the following texts:

– Esquirol, Étienne, Mental Maladies; a Treatise on Insanity. Translated from the French by Ebenezer Kingsbury Hunt (1845) [1838 (original French edition)]. p320-323
– De Saussure, Raymond, “The Influence Of The Concept Of Monomania On French Medico-Legal Psychiatry (From 1825 To 1840)”. Journal Of The History Of Medicine And Allied Sciences, vol 1, no. 3, 1946, pp. 365-397. Oxford University Press (OUP), doi:10.1093/jhmas/1.3.365. p365-369 The Influence Of The Concept Of Monomania On French Medico-Legal Psychiatry (From 1825 To 1840)
– Braddon, M.E, and Lyn Pykett. Lady Audley’s Secret. 1st ed., Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012,. p223-305

Session 45: “Medical Technologies and Listening to the Body”

Session 45 of our seminar took place on Tuesday 21 February 2017 at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Bâtiment Olympes de Gouges, salle 347, 17h30-19h30).

Dr. Melissa Dickson (University of Oxford) gave a paper entitled “Medical Technologies and Listening to the Body.” Her respondent was Dr. Sophie Vasset (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7).

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L0058191 Diorama showing René Laennec examining a patient at the Neck Credit: Science Museum, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk

We worked with extracts from the following texts:

– Michel Foucault, The Birth of the Clinic, trans. A.M. Sheridan (London: Routledge, 1978), pp. 159-170. foucault_birth-of-clinic
– Jonathan Sterne, ‘Mediate Auscultation, the Stethoscope, and the “Autopsy of the Living”: Medicine’s Acoustic Culture, Journal of Medical Humanities, 22.1 (2001): 115-136. (pp. 130-135). sterne_mediate-ausculation
– Oliver Wendell Holmes, ‘The Stethoscope Song; A Professional Ballad’, The Poems of Oliver Wendell Holmes (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1862), pp. 182-5. wendell-holmes_stethoscope-song

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).

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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)

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

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The Victorian Persistence team at work!

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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. http://www.univ-paris-diderot.fr/DocumentsFCK/implantations/File/Plan_A3_GE_2012-2013.pdf

All are welcome!

Session 43: “Victorian Hauntings: reflections on forms of persistence”

Session 43 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Bâtiment Olympes de Gouges, salle 347, 17h30-19h30).

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Pr. Julian Wolfreys (University of Portsmouth) gave a paper entitled “Victorian Hauntings: reflections on forms of persistence”.

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