2011-2012

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 8: ‘Seeking Asylum: Shifting Paradigms of Psychiatric Knowledge from Victorian novels to Patrick McGrath’

Session 8 of our seminar took place on the 5th of June at the UFR d’Etudes Anglophones Charles V (salle A50, 17h-19h30):

‘Seeking Asylum: Shifting Paradigms of Psychiatric Knowledge from Victorian Novels to Patrick McGrath’

Ana Anastasescu (Université Paris Diderot) hosted the session and introduced the texts.

Her respondent was Jocelyn Dupont (Maître de conférences en littérature et cinéma anglophones, Université de Perpignan): ”Turning the Screw of Psychiatry in Patrick McGrath’s contemporary New Gothic”

Ana and Jocelyn Dupont discussing the following quote: 'No doubt, on the level of appearances, modernity begins when the human being begins to exist within his organism, inside the shell of his head, inside the armature of his limbs, and in the whole structure of his physiology; when he begins to exist at the centre of a labour by whose principles he is governed and whose product eludes him; when he lodges his thought in the folds of a language so much older than himself that he cannot master its significations, even though they have been called back to life by the insistence of his words.' (Michel Foucault, The Order of Things)

Ana and Jocelyn Dupont discussing the following quote: ‘No doubt, on the level of appearances, modernity begins when the human being begins to exist within his organism, inside the shell of his head, inside the armature of his limbs, and in the whole structure of his physiology; when he begins to exist at the centre of a labour by whose principles he is governed and whose product eludes him; when he lodges his thought in the folds of a language so much older than himself that he cannot master its significations, even though they have been called back to life by the insistence of his words.’ (Michel Foucault, The Order of Things)

The Williard Suitcases

Typical ward, Buffalo State Hospital, New York

We worked with the following texts:

– Foucault, Michel, Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason (London: Routledge, 1971), pp. 250-252. 5th june foucault

– Ferguson, Christine, « Dr McGrath’s Disease: Radical Pathology in Patrick McGrath’s Neo-Gothicism », in Glennis Byron and David Punter (eds.), Spectral Readings : towards a Gothic Geography  (Basingstoke and London: Macmillan/New York: St Martin’s, 1999).5th of june ferguson

– McGrath, Patrick, Asylum (London: Penguin Books, 1997), pp.1-2. McGrath extracts

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 7: ‘The Persistence of Eccentricity: Miss Havisham’s Performance of Hysteria – its Afterlife’

Session 7 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 2nd May at the UFR d’Etudes Anglophones Charles V (salle A50, 17h-19h30):

 ‘The persistence of eccentricity: Miss Havisham’s performance of hysteria – its afterlife’

Clémence Folléa, (Université Paris Diderot) hosted the session and introduced the texts. Two respondents were present:

–      Georges Letissier (Professeur à l’Université de Nantes): “Miss Havisham : entre syndrome de répétition et iconolâtrie nostalgique”

–      Renaud Lejosne-Guigon (Université de Poitiers): “L’Hystérie chez Rimbaud” Handout Hystérie Rimbaud

Clémence Folléa (Université Paris Diderot), Renaud Lejosne-Guigon (Université de Poitiers) and Pr. Georges Letissier (Université de Nantes), responding to Clémence’s paper entitled “The persistence of eccentricity: Miss Havisham’s performance of hysteria – its afterlife”

Clémence Folléa (Université Paris Diderot), Renaud Lejosne-Guigon (Université de Poitiers) and Pr. Georges Letissier (Université de Nantes), responding to Clémence’s paper entitled “The persistence of eccentricity: Miss Havisham’s performance of hysteria – its afterlife”

Clémence Folléa (Université Paris Diderot), Renaud Lejosne-Guigon (Université de Poitiers) and Pr. Georges Letissier (Université de Nantes) discussing a quotation from Didi-Hubermann on Hysteria

Clémence Folléa (Université Paris Diderot), Renaud Lejosne-Guigon (Université de Poitiers) and Pr. Georges Letissier (Université de Nantes) discussing a quotation from Didi-Hubermann on Hysteria

We worked with extracts from the following texts:

– Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (1861) Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

– René Belletto, Les Grandes Espérances de Charles Dickens, Paris : P.O.L., 1994. -Anny Sadrin, Great Expectations, Charles Dickens, Paris : Editions du Temps, 1999. – Sara Thornton, “The Burning of Miss Havisham : Dickens, Fire and the ‘Fire Baptism’”, Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations : Great Expectations, Harold Bloom (ed.), Chelsea House Publications, april 2010. Belletto, Sadrin, Thornton, fire scene

– Georges Didi-Huberman, Invention de l’hystérie. Charcot et l’Iconographie photographique de la Salpêtrière, Macula, 1982. Didi-Huberman, Invention de l’Hystérie

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 6: “Boys’ Adventure Stories: Persistence of the British Male Identity?”

Session 6 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 4th April at the UFR d’Etudes Anglophones Charles V (salle C330, 17h30-19h30):

Valentine Prévot (Université Paris Diderot) and Edouard Marsouin (Université Paris Diderot), responding to Valentine’s paper entitled “Boys’ Adventure Stories: Persistence of the British Male Identity?”

‘Boys’ Adventure Stories: Persistence of the British Male Identity?’ 

Valentine Prévot, (Université Paris Diderot) hosted the session and introduced the texts. Two respondents will be present:

–      Mark Fitzpatrick (Université Paris 3): “Gender, Genre, and the Genesis of the Adventure Novel”

–      Edouard Marsoin (Université Paris Diderot): ”The Hermaphrodite, by Julia Ward Howe : Persistence of masculine and feminine archetypes in Victorian America”

We worked with the following texts:

– R.M. Ballantyne, The Coral Island, Chapter 19, (London: T. Nelson & Sons, 1858). chapter-xix-the-coral-island-r-m-ballantyne-1857

– Thomas Carlyle, ”Lecture I” in On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History, de (London: James Fraser, 1841). on-heroes-hero-worship-and-the-heroic-in-history-1841-t-carlyle

– Catherine Malabou, préface à l’édition française de La Vie Psychique du pouvoir de Judith Butler, traduit par Brice Matthieussent (Paris: Editions Léo Scheer, 2002). préface, la vie psychique du pouvoir judith butler 1997 c malabou 2002

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 5: “Victorian Obsessions: The Publicity of Violent Crime in the 19th Century”

Session 5 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 21st March at the UFR d’Etudes Anglophones Charles V (salle A50, 17h30-19h30).

Cécile Bertrand (Université Paris Diderot) and Delphine Cadwallader (Docteur en études anglophones (Paris 3), CPGE, Lycée Albert Schweitzer) responding to Cécile’s paper entitled “Victorian Obsessions: The Publicity of Violent Crime in the 19th Century”

“Victorian Obsessions: The Publicity of Violent Crime in the 19th Century”

Cécile Bertrand (Université Paris Diderot) hosted the session and introduced the texts. Respondents:

– Anne Chassagnol (Maître de conférences, Université Paris 8), “When fiction reoffends: the reinvention of victorian crime in contemporary culture”

– Delphine Cadwallader (Docteur en études anglophones (Paris 3), CPGE, Lycée Albert Schweitzer), ”Crime and disease in Collins in Victorian medical discourse”

We worked with the following texts:

– « STRUCTURE DU FAIT DIVERS », Roland Barthes, in Essais critiques (1964). Barthes – Structure du fait divers

– « L’évolution de la notion d’« individu dangereux » dans la psychiatrie légale du XIXe siècle », Michel Foucault in Dits et écrits II, 1976-1988, Paris : Gallimard, 2001, 443-4. Foucault – Individu dangereux

– CURIOSITY HUNTERS, Punch, October 2, 1841. Morbid Sympathy for Criminals

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 4: “The Didactics of Visual Narrative in Adapting for the Small Screen”

Session 4 of our seminar took place on Friday 16th of March at the UFR d’Etudes Anglophones Charles V (salle A50, 17h30-19h30).

Florence Bigo (Université Paris Diderot), with Ariane Hudelet (Maître de conférence, Université Paris Diderot) and Jeremy Tambling (Professor of Literature, University of Manchester) responding to Florence’s paper entitled ‘The Didactics of Visual Narrative in Adapting for the Small Screen’

‘The Didactics of Visual Narrative in Adapting for the Small Screen’

Florence Bigo (Université Paris Diderot) hosted the session and introduced the texts. Two respondents were present:

– Ariane Hudelet (Maître de conférence, Université Paris Diderot): ”Film adaptation –  aesthetic and moral issues”

– Jeremy Tambling (Professor of Literature, University of Manchester)

We worked with the following texts, which are avaialable here: victorian persistence Florence Bigo

–         Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit (1855-57), Chapter 10.

–         H.R. Jauss, Pour une Esthétique de la réception. De l’Iphigénie de Racine à celle de Goethe (Paris: Gallimard, 1978), postface, 243-263.

–         Jeremy Tambling, ‘A Paralysed Dumb Witness’: Allegory in Bleak House’, Dickens, Violence and the Modern State, dreams of the Scaffold (London: Macmillan, 1995), chapter 3,71-97.

Victorian Persistance Seminar, session 3: “The Flâneur revisited: Paradoxes, Polymorphism, Persistence in Paris and London”

Session 3 of our seminar took place this Wednesday January 11 at the UFR d’Etudes Anglophones Charles V (salle C330, 17h30-19h30):

‘The Flâneur Revisited: Paradoxes, Polymorphism, Persistence in Paris and London’

Estelle Murail (Université Paris Diderot) hosted the session and introduced the texts. Two respondents were present:

Dr. Tom Stammers (Research Fellow and Assistant Lecturer in History, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge): The collector and the flâneur: the typologies of sensation in nineteenth-century Paris

– Tatiana  Michoud – Pogossian (Université Paris Diderot): The Persistence of Flânerie in the Quest for London (Peter Ackroyd, Iain Sinclair)

We worked with the following texts:

– Thomas De QuinceyConfessions of an English Opium Eater (1821), ‘The Pleasures of Opium’ [download here]

– Walter BenjaminCharles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism, II. The Flâneur [download here]

– Arcades Project, Section M, ‘The Flâneur’: http://arcadesawakening.wordpress.com/category/m-the-flaneur/

– Michael Hollington, ‘“Petrified unrest”: Dickens and Baudelaire on London and Paris 1855-56’,  Synergies Royaume-Uni et Irlande n°3, 2010. [download here]

Estelle Murail and Tom Stammers talking about the emergence of the flâneur in the nineteenth century

Estelle Murail (Université Paris Diderot) and Tom Stammers (University of Cambridge) talking about the emergence of the flâneur in the nineteenth century

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 2: “Production, consumption and subjectivity in the age of industry”

The second session of our seminar took place on Wednesday December 14th, 2011, 5:30-8pm.

George Cruikshank, Our Own Time, 1846

George Cruikshank, Our Own Time, 1846


Venue: Room SAV, Institut d’Etudes Anglophones, 10, Rue Charles, 75004 Paris (Metro : Sully-Morland or Saint Paul)
Speakers:
Róisín Quinn-Lautrefin: “Fractions of men”: machines and prosthetic selves in Victorian literature and culture.
Loïc Prud’homme: Le travailleur Victorien: une approche historique.
Cécile Beaufils: Persisting anxieties in print: Granta and horror.
Texts for study:
– Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present (1843) [download]
– Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South (1855) [download]

– Erin O’Connor, Raw Material (2000) [download]

Loïc Prud’homme, Róisín Quinn-Lautrefin and Cécile Beaufils discussing production in the Victorian era

Loïc Prud’homme, Róisín Quinn-Lautrefin (Université Paris Diderot) and Cécile Beaufils (Université Paris Diderot) discussing production in the Victorian era

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 1: Introductory Session

The first session of our seminar, which focused on the persistence of Victorian culture in contemporary British writing, took place on November 10th at the UFR d’Etudes Anglophones Charles V. We also announced the programme for the year.

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