2013-2014

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 27: “Ghosts from Wonderland: Jeanette Winterson’s Gut Symmetries and the Visual Pragmatics of Intertextuality.”

Session 27 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 11th June 2014 at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Salle 265E, Halle aux Farines, 17h30-19h30).

“It vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone.”

“It vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone.”

Diane Leblond (Université Paris Diderot) gave a paper entitled “Ghosts from Wonderland: Jeanette Winterson’s Gut Symmetries and the Visual Pragmatics of Intertextuality.” Her respondent was be Pr. Jean-Jacques Lecercle (Université Paris X – Nanterre).

JJ Lecercle et Diane 1

JJ Lecercle et Diane 2

We worked with the following texts:

– Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871). Alice in Wonderland excerpts

– Lewis Carroll, The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in 8 Fits) (London: Macmillan, 1876). Lewis Caroll, The hunting of the Snark

– Jean-Jacques Lecercle, “Mais qu’apprend donc Alice?”, conférence Symposium international “A VOYAGE TOWARDS WORDS”. Representing the Sensations of Early Childhood and the Acquisition of Language, 14 décembre 2013, (Université Paris X – Nanterre). JJ Lecercle, Mais qu’apprend donc Alice

– Jean-Jacques Lecercle, Interpretation as Pragmatics (London: MacMillan, 1999). JJ Lecercle, Interpretation as Pragmatics

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 26: “Fictions of the Press: Gissing’s Lost Illusions.”

Session 26 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 21st May 2014 at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Salle 165, Bâtiment Olympe-de-Gouges, 17h30-19h30).

Edgar Degas, At the Café Châteaudun (1869-71), The National Gallery

Edgar Degas, At the Café Châteaudun (1869-71), The National Gallery

Edmund Birch (University of Cambridge) gave a paper entitled “Fictions of the Press: Gissing’s Lost Illusions.” His respondent was Pr. Nicholas White (University of Cambridge).

Edmund Birch and Nick White talking about Maupassant's Bel-Ami and Gissing's New Grub Street

Edmund Birch and Nick White talking about Maupassant’s Bel-Ami and Gissing’s New Grub Street

We worked with the following texts:

– George Gissing, New Grub Street (1891). Chapter VIII, “To the Winning Side.” http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1709/1709-h/1709-h.htm#link2HCH0008

– George Gissing, Charles Dickens: A Critical Study (New York: Dodd, Mead and company, 1898) Chapter XI, Comparisons, Gissing, Charles Dickens, A Critical Study

– Guillaume Pinson, « L’imaginaire médiatique. Réflexions sur les représentations du journalisme au XIXe siècle », COnTEXTES [En ligne], 11 | 2012. URL: http://contextes.revues.org/5306

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 25: “Chartism in Poetry.”

Session 25 of our seminar took place on Tuesday 8th of April 2014 at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Salle 153, Bâtiment “Olympe-de-Gouges”, 17h30-19h30).

John Leech, Cartoon from Punch Magazine, 1848

John Leech, Cartoon from Punch Magazine, 1848

Mike Sanders (University of Manchester) gave a paper entitled “L’aube des prolétaires? Reading Chartist Poetry after Rancière.” Fabienne Moine (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense), gave a paper entitled “A Sense of Belonging/s: Eliza Cook’s Contribution to Chartist Poetry.”  Their respondent was Pr. Fabrice Bensimon (Université Paris-Sorbonne).

Pr. Fabrice Bensimon, Mike Sanders and  Fabienne Moine.

Pr. Fabrice Bensimon, Mike Sanders and Fabienne Moine.

We worked with the following texts:

– Eliza Cook’s poems

– Chartist Poetry a Selection

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 24: “The Emigrant’s Letter: Geographies of Production and Consumption.”

Session 24 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 19th of March 2014 at the Université Paris Diderot (Salle  575F, 17h30-19h30).

James Collinson, Answering the Emigrant’s Letter, 1850. Oil on panel, 70.1 x 91.2 cm, Manchester City Galleries

James Collinson, Answering the Emigrant’s Letter, 1850. Oil on panel, 70.1 x 91.2 cm, Manchester City Galleries

Pr. Elleke Boehmer

Pr. Elleke Boehmer

Fariha Shaikh (King’s College London) gave a paper entitled “The Emigrant’s Letter: Geographies of Production and Consumption.” Her respondent was Pr. Elleke Boehmer (University of Oxford).

We worked with the following texts:

– Smith, Benjamin (ed.), Twenty-four Letters from Labourers in America to their Friends in England (London: Edward Rainford, 1829) 24 Letters

– Miles Ogborn and Charles W.J. Withers (eds), Geographies Of The Book (Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2010) Geographies of the Book, introduction

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 23: “Landscape, Development and Mid-Nineteenth-Century America.”

Session 23 of our seminar took place on Tuesday 18th of February 2014 at the Université Paris Diderot (17h30-19h30, salle 515 B, Halle aux Farines).

Frederic Edwin Church, Mount Ktaadn, 1853, Yale University Art Gallery

Frederic Edwin Church, Mount Ktaadn, 1853, Yale University Art Gallery

Pr. David Peters Corbett (Professor of Art History and American Studies, University of East Anglia) gave a paper entitled “Landscape, Development and Mid-Nineteenth-Century America.” His respondent was Pr. François Brunet (Professor of Art and American Literature, Université Paris Diderot).

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 22: “At the Margins of Mystery: Sensational Difference in the Novels of Wilkie Collins.”

Session 22 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 5th of February 2014 at the Université Paris Diderot (Salle des thèses – 580 F, 17h30-19h30).

VP, Image Clare Walker Gore

Kathryn and Clare talking about disabled bodies in Wilkie Collins's novels

Kathryn and Clare talked about disabled bodies in Wilkie Collins’s novels

Clare Walker-Gore (University of Cambridge) gave a paper entitled “At the Margins of Mystery: Sensational Difference in the Novels of Wilkie Collins.” Her respondent was Kathryn Maude (King’s College London).

We worked with the following texts:

– Wilkie Collins, The Law and the Lady. Chapter 24Chapter 25Chapter 35

– D. A. Miller, “Cage aux Folles: Sensation and Gender in Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White.” In Representations, No. 14, Spring 1986. Cage Aux Folles

– Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997. Extraordinary Bodies

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 21: “Visual Persistence: The Appearance(s) of Emily Dickinson’s Poetry.”

Session 21 of our seminar took place on Thursday 9th of January 2014 at the Université Paris Diderot (Salle 253 E, 17h30-19h30).

Black-white_photograph_of_Emily_Dickinson

VP 21 Emily Dickinson

Pr. Antoine Cazé (Université Paris Diderot) and Pr. Cristanne Miller (University at Buffalo, titulaire de la Chaire Tocqueville Fulbright) gave a joint paper entitled “Visual Persistence: The Appearance(s) of Emily Dickinson’s Poetry”.

We worked with the following texts:

– MITCHELL, Domhnall. Mesaures of Possibility. Emily Dickinson’s Manuscripts. Amherst & Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2005. Mitchell, Measures of Possibility. Prologue.

– HOWE, Susan. “These Flames and Generosities of the Heart: Emily Dickinson and the Illogic of Sumptuary Values.” in The Birth-Mark. Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History. Hanover & London: Wesleyan University Press, 1993, p.131-153.

– SOCARIDES, Alexandra. “Introduction” to Dickinson Unbound. Paper, Process, Poetics. Oxford: OUP, 2012, p. 3-19.

– Cotter, Holland, New York Times, 5/12/2013, “A Poet Who Pushed (and Recycled) the Envelope ‘The Gorgeous Nothings’ Shows Dickinson’s ‘Envelope Poems’”: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/06/books/the-gorgeous-nothings-shows-dickinsons-envelope-poems.html?_r=1&

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 20:  “‘The asylum and the community’: The Prestwich and Rainhill asylums in the local press, 1851-1901.”

Session 20 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 4th of December 2013 at the Université Paris Diderot (Salle 580 F, 17h30-19h30).

Wellcome Images

Wellcome Images

Claire Deligny (Université Paris Diderot) gave a paper entitled “‘The asylum and the community’: The Prestwich and Rainhill asylums in the local press, 1851-1901.” Her respondent was Catherine Cox (University College, Dublin).

Claire Deligny and Catherine Cox

Claire Deligny and Catherine Cox

We worked with the following texts:

– John C. Bucknill and Daniel H. Tuke, A Manual for Psychological Medicine: Containing the History, Nosology, Description, Statistics, Diagnosis, Pathology, and Treatment of Insanity with and Appendix of Cases (London: John Churchill, 1862), pp. 72-76. Doc 1 – Definitions of insanity

– Thomas Bewley, Madness to Mental Illness: A History of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych Publications: London, 2008), pp. 4-7. Doc 2 – Public asylum provision in Britain

– Peter McCandless, ‘Liberty and lunacy: the Victorians and wrongful confinement’, Journal of Social History, 1978, vol. 11, no 3, pp. 366-386. Doc 3 – Wrongful confinement

Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 19: “‘A rare and beautiful hand’: collecting the colonial body.”

Session 19 of our seminar took place on Thursday 21st October 2013 at the Université Paris Diderot (Salle 265 E, 17h30-19h30).

Seth Holt et Michael Carreras, "Blood from the Mummy's Tomb", 1971 (adaptation of The Jewel of Seven Stars)

Seth Holt et Michael Carreras, “Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb”, 1971 (adaptation of The Jewel of Seven Stars)

Paul Dominique Philippotaux, "Examen d'un momie - Une prêtresse d'Ammon", c. 1895-1910, private collection

Paul Dominique Philippotaux, “Examen d’un momie – Une prêtresse d’Ammon”, c. 1895-1910, private collection

Nolwenn Corriou (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) gave a paper entitled “‘A rare and beautiful hand’: collecting the colonial body.” Her respondent will be Dr. Stefano Evangelista (Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow at Trinity College, Oxford).

We worked with the following texts:

– Patrick Brantlinger, ‘About Imperial Gothic’, Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830-1914 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988). Patrick Brantlinger – Rule of Darkness – About Imperial Gothic

– Aviva Briefel, ‘Hands of Beauty, Hands of Horror  – Fear and Egyptian Art at the Fin de Siècle’. Victorian Studies, 2008, vol. 50. Aviva Briefel. Hands of Beauty, Hands of Horror – Fear and Egyptian Art at the Fin de Siècle. Victorian Studies, 2008, vol. 50

– Excerpts from books by H.D. Everett, Bram Stoker, H. Rider Haggard. Mummy’s hand – excerpts from various texts

The seminar is held monthly at the following address:

Hall E ou F, 5ème étage: accès par le hall E,  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 18:  ‘Translation as Persistence: News from Nowhere, the Second International and some Limits of William Morris’s Inter-nationalism.’

Session 18 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 9th October 2013 at the Université Paris Diderot (Salle 265 E, 17h30-19h30).

News from Nowhere, Kelmscott ManorOwen Holland (University of Cambridge) gave a paper entitled ‘Translation as Persistence: News from Nowhere, the Second International and some Limits of William Morris’s Inter-nationalism.’ His respondent was Pr. Isabelle Gadoin (Université de Poitiers).

We worked with the following texts:

– Michael Löwy, ‘Fatherland or Mother Earth?: Nationalism and Internationalism’, Fatherland or Mother Earth? Essays on the National Question (London: Pluto, 1998), pp. 51-62. Lowy, Nationalism and Internationalism

–  Walter Benjamin, ‘The Task of the Translator’ (1923), Illuminations, trans. Harry Zohn (London: Fontana, 1973), pp. 69-82. Walter Benjamin, The task of the translator, an introduction to the translation of baudelaires tableaux parisiens

– William Morris, News from Nowhere (1890), chapters 5, 13-4 and 17. http://morrisedition.lib.uiowa.edu/Images/NewsFromNowhere/News1891/News1891pageflip1-50.html

– Translation as Persistence handout

Watch some extracts from the seminar below:

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