2012-2013

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 17:  ‘The Ethics of the Signifier: Wilde with Lacan’

Session 17 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 12th June 2013 at the Université Paris Diderot (Salle 575F, 17h30-19h30).

salome, severed head 2

Helena Gurfinkel (Assistant Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) gave a paper entitled ‘The Ethics of the Signifier: Wilde with Lacan’. Pr. Sara Thornton (Université de Paris Diderot) was her respondent.

Pr. Sara Thornton and Helena Gurfinkel

Pr. Sara Thornton and Helena Gurfinkel

We worked with the following texts:

– Oscar Wilde, Salome (1891) http://archive.org/stream/salometragedyino00wilduoft#page/n7/mode/2up

– Jacques Lacan, ’Splendor of Antigone’, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis, Seminar VII, (1959–60). Lacan, Seminar VII The Ethics of Psychoanalysis, Splendor of Antigone

The seminar is held monthly on Wednesdays at 5.30pm at the following address:

Salle 575F, suivre ‘Salle des thèses’, Halle aux farines, Hall F, 5ème étage: accès par le hall E, allée paire, ascenseur F,  accès 9 esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet 75013 Paris ou 10 rue Françoise Dolto 75013 Paris, métro Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand.

All are welcome!

For further information, contact Estelle Murail (estelle_murail@yahoo.fr) or Róisín Quinn-Lautrefin (roisinql@hotmail.fr)

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 16:  ‘Persisting? Resisting? Persistent Figures, Actions and Visions in Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith’

Session 16 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 15th May 2013 at the Université Paris Diderot (Salle 575F, 17h30-19h30).

‘Persisting? Resisting? Persistent Figures, Actions and Visions in Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith’

‘Persisting? Resisting? Persistent Figures, Actions and Visions in Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith’

Marina Poisson (Doctorante Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – ATER Université Paris Diderot) gave a paper entitled  ‘Persisting? Resisting? Persistent figures, actions and visions in Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith.’ Pr. Alain Jumeau (Université Paris IV-Sorbonne) was her respondent.

Marina Poisson and Alain Jumeau discussing persistence and George Meredith

Marina Poisson and Pr. Alain Jumeau discussing persistence and George Meredith

We worked with the following texts:

– Maurice Blanchot, La part du feu, 1949. Blanchot

–  George Meredith, Diana of the Crossways, 1885. George Meredith – excerpts

– Jacques Rancière, Le partage du sensible, 2000. Rancière, Partage du sensible, Des arts mécaniques et de la promotion esthétique et scientifique des anonymes.

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 15:  Overpopulation in Victorian England

Session 15 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 17th April 2013 at Université Paris Diderot (Salle 575F, 17h30-19h30).

George Cruikshank,  Probable Effects of Over Female Emigration. D. Bogue, 1886.

George Cruikshank, Probable Effects of Over Female Emigration. D. Bogue, 1886."When Bradlaugh Triumphs." Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh dance in the streets in an imagined England in whichbirth control is practiced.“When Bradlaugh Triumphs.” Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh dance in the streets in an imagined England in which birth control is practiced.

Marie Ruiz (Université Paris Diderot) gave a paper entitled ‘“Surplus Women”: Emigration as the nineteenth-century solution to female overpopulation’, and Marie Terrier (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) gave a paper entitled ‘Annie Besant and nineteenth-century Neomalthusianism: “family limitation” or “birth-restricting checks” as remedy to overpopulation and poverty’. Pr. Myriam Boussahba Bravard (Université Paris Diderot) was their respondent.

We worked with the following texts:

– BESANT, Annie. The Law of Population: its Consequences and its Bearing upon Human Conduct and Moral. 1877. http://archive.org/details/lawofpopulationi00besarich

– CHIVERS, Tom. “World population reaches seven billion: predictions of doom are nothing new”, The Telegraph. October 2011. 2011-Telegraph Pop

– GREG, William Rathbone. Why Are Women Redundant? London: N. Trübner, 1869. Why_are_Women_Redundant

All are welcome!

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 14:  ‘Virginia Woolf’s Victorians’

Session 14 of our seminar will take place on Thursday  21st March at Université Paris Diderot, (Salle 580, ‘Salle des thèses’, 17h-19h).

Image Virginia Woolf's Victorians

Marie Laniel (Maître de Conférence, Université d’Amiens – Picardie-Jules-Verne) gave a paper entitled ‘Virginia Woolf’s Victorians’. Catherine Bernard (Professor of English literature and history of art, Université Paris Diderot) was her respondent and kindly allowed to publish her paper on our blog: Victorian Persistence Woolf 2013-03-21

We worked with the following texts:

– Leslie Stephen, Sketches from Cambridge (London and Cambridge: Macmillan, 1865). Sketches from Cambridge – Leslie Stephen (1865)

– Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own (1929) A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf (1929)

Marie Laniel et Professor Catherine Bernard talking about Woolf's Victorians

Marie Laniel et Professor Catherine Bernard talking about Virginia Woolf’s Victorians

Marie Laniel and Catherine Bernard talking about Woolf's Victorians

Marie Laniel and Catherine Bernard talking about Virginia Woolf’s Victorians

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 13: ‘From Emerson to Eminem’.

Session 12 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 27th February at Université Paris Diderot (17h30-19h30).

From Emerson to Eminem, Victorian Persistence

Mathieu Duplay (Université Paris Diderot) gave a paper entitled ‘Emerson/Marx: la révolution et ses doubles’. Jagna Oltarzewska (Université Paris-Sorbonne) gave a paper entitled ‘Eminem : the political unconscious of a linguistic moment’.

Mathieu Duplay talking about Emerson and Marx

Mathieu Duplay talking about Emerson and MarxJagna Oltarzewska talking about Eminem's languageJagna Oltarzewska talking about Eminem’s language

We worked with the following texts and clips:

– Emerson, R. W., “Nature”, in Emerson’s Prose and Poetry, dir. Joel Porte & Saundra Morris, New York, W. W. Norton, 2001 (1836), 27-55. http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl302/texts/emerson/nature-contents.html

– Emerson, R.W., “Experience”, in Emerson’s Prose and Poetry, dir. Joel Porte & Saundra Morris, New York, W. W. Norton, 2001 (1844), 198-212. http://user.xmission.com/~seldom74/emerson/experien.html

– Marx, Karl, Le manifeste communiste, trad. Maximilien Rubel et Louis Evrard, Paris, Gallimard, collection “Folio”, 1994 (1848). http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/

– Marx, Karl, Le 18 brumaire de Louis Bonaparte, trad. Grégoire Chamayou, Paris, Flammarion, 2007 (1852). http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1852/18th-brumaire/

– Derrida, Jacques, Spectres de Marx, Paris, Galilée, 1993.

– Macherey, Pierre, Marx 1845. Les “thèses” sur Feuerbach, Paris, Editions Amsterdam, 2008.

– Emerson, R. W., “Wealth”: http://www.emersoncentral.com/wealth.htm

– Eminem, “No Love” ft Lil Wayne (2.42′ – 4.13′): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV2ssT8lzj8

– Riley, Denise, “Bad Words” in Lecercle, J.-J. and Denise Riley, The Force of Language, The Force of Language (New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004): Denise Riley, Bad Words

– Arrighi, Giovanni, The Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times [1994], Verso, 2010.

– Boltanski, Luc et Eve Chiapello, Le nouvel esprit du capitalisme, Gallimard, 1999.

– Hardt M. and Antonio Negri, Declaration, Argo Navis, 2012.

– Jameson, Fredric, The Cultural Turn: Selected Writings on the Postmodern 1983-1998, Verso, 1998.

– Lecercle, J.-J. The Violence of Language, Routledge, 1990.

– Perry Imani, Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop, Duke 2004.

– Polanyi, Karl, The Great Transformation: the Political and Economic Origins of Our Time [1944], Beacon, Mass., 2001.

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 12: ‘Physiology or Psychic powers? William Carpenter and the debate over Spiritualism in Mid-Victorian Britain’.

Session 12 of our seminar took place place on Wednesday 16th January at Université Paris Diderot (17h30-19h30):

‘Physiology or Psychic powers William Carpenter and the debate over Spiritualism

Shannon Delorme (Université Paris Diderot / University of Oxford) gave a paper entitled ‘Physiology or Psychic powers? William Carpenter and the debate over Spiritualism in Mid-Victorian Britain’.

Thibaud Trochu (Université Paris 1) was her respondent. We worked with the following texts:

– George M. Beard, ‘Spiritualism, The Counterfeits of science and how to detect them’, New York Times, 20th November 1874. George Beard, Spiritualism, The Counterfeits of science, New York Times, 20th Nov1874

– William B. Carpenter, Mesmerism, Spiritualism, &c., Historically and Scientifically Considered, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1877, preface, pp.v-iv. William B. Carpenter, Mesmerism & Spiritualism, preface, 1978.

– Alfred Russell Wallace, Psycho-physiological Sciences and their Assaillants, Being a Response to the attacks of Prof. W. B. Carpenter of England and others, Boston: Colby & Rich publishers, 1883, pp.1-26. A R Wallace, Psycho-physiological Sciences and their Assaillants, 1883

Shannon and Thibaud talking about ectoplasm, the otherwordly substance believed to emanate from the body of a medium during communication with the dead.

Shannon and Thibaud talking about ectoplasm, the otherwordly substance believed to emanate from the body of a medium during communication with the dead…Shannon and Thibaud talking about American neurologist George Miller BeardShannon and Thibaud talking about American neurologist George Miller BeardShannon and Thibaud talking about William CarpenterShannon and Thibaud talking about William Carpenter

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 11: ‘From “Sir Sloshua” to significant surface: the approach to texture in Rossetti’s Ecce Ancilla Domini and early Pre-Raphaelite painting’.

Session 11 of our seminar took place place on Wednesday 5th December at the UFR d’Etudes Anglophones Charles V (salle A50, 17h30-19h30):

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ecce Ancilla Domini! (1850), oil on canvas, 73 × 41.9 cm, Tate Britain.

From “Sir Sloshua” to significant surface: the approach to texture in Rossetti’s Ecce Ancilla Domini and early Pre-Raphaelite painting.’

Sarah Gould (Université Paris Diderot) hosted the session and introduce the texts. David Peters Corbett (Professor of Art History and American Studies, University of East Anglia) was her respondent.

We worked with the following texts:

– Georges Didi-Huberman, ‘The art of not describing: Vermeer – the detail and the patch,’ History of the Human Sciences, 1989; 2; 135. Didi-Huberman, The art of not describing Vermeer

– John Ruskin, letter in defence of the PRB, 26 May 1851. Ruskin, letter in defence of the PRB, 26 May 1851.

– Charles Dickens, “Old Lamps for New Ones,” Household Words 12 (15 Jun. 1850), 12-14. Dickens, Old Lamps for New Ones, Household Words.

David Peters Corbett and Sarah Gould

David Peters Corbett and Sarah GouldVP11David responding to Sarah’s paperDavid Peters Corbetts and Sarah GouldDavid Peters Corbetts and Sarah Gould

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 10: ‘Circulation, Saturation and Implosion: the Dynamics of Paper in Dickens’s Novels’

Session 10 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 14th November at the UFR d’Etudes Anglophones Charles V (salle A50, 17h30-19h30):

The Circumlocution Office, Little Dorrit, BBC, 2008.

‘Circulation, Saturation and Implosion: the Dynamics of Paper in Dickens’s Novels’

Céline Prest (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), hosted the session and introduced the texts.

André Topia (Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) was her respondent. He gave a paper entitled « Paper and Printing as Symbolic Economy in Charles Dickens’s “A Paper-Mill” (Household Words, 31 August 1850) and “H. W.” (Household Words, 16 April 1853) ».

We worked with the following texts:

– Charles Dickens, ‘Bill-Sticking’, Household Words, March 1851. http://charlesdickenspage.com/bill-sticking.html

– Charles Dickens, “A Paper-Mill” (Household Words, 31 August 1850): Dickens, ‘A Paper-Mill’, Household Words, 31 August 1850

– Charles Dickens, “H. W.” (Household Words, 16 April 1853): Dickens, ‘H.W.’ Household Words, 16 April 1853

– Andrew M. Stauffer, Ruins of Paper: Dickens and the Necropolitan Library, Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, Numéro 47, août 2007. http://www.erudit.org/revue/ravon/2007/v/n47/016700ar.html

Céline Prest (Université Sorbonne nouvelle) talking about the dynamics of paper in Dickens’s novels.

Professor André Topia (Université Sorbonne nouvelle) talking about paper and printing in Dickens’s articles.

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 9: ‘The Mind in Distress: Investigation into the Uncanny in Victorian Fiction’

Session 9 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 10th October at the UFR d’Etudes Anglophones Charles V.

Gary Cooper & Ann Harding in Peter Ibbetson (1935)

Sonia Ouaras (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) hosted the session and introduced the texts.

François Vergne (Maître de conférences, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) was her respondent and gave a paper entitled ‘”Peter Ibbetson” – an oneiric investigation’.

Sonia Ouaras and François Vergne discussing the Uncanny

We worked with the following texts:

–         Tvetan Todorov, Introduction à la littérature fantastique. Paris: Seuil, 1970, pp. 46-62. Todorov Chapitre 2

–         Wilkie Collins, ‘Mad Monkton’ [1855]. Wilkie Collins ‘Mad Monkton’ followed by ‘The Ostler, or The Dream Woman’

–         Jean-François Lyotard, « voix : Freud » (pp.129-153), Lectures d’enfance. Paris : Galilée, 1991, p.130. Lyotard, Lectures d’enfance extrait

Charles Dickens, ‘The Haunted Man’, illustration

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