Dickens and the Idea of the ‘Dickensian’ City

Hosted by University Paris-Diderot, UFR d’Etudes Anglophones (Marais district of Paris)
2-3 February 2012

Thursday 2 February

Welcome and Official Opening
Sara Thornton – Université Paris-Diderot
Jean-Marie Fournier, Head of the English Department – Université Paris-Diderot

Session 1: The Romantic and Gothic City: twistings, labyrinths, wastelands
Chair: Victor Sage

Nightmares of Urban Life: The City as Frozen Deep
Catherine Lanone
Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris 3 (France)

London as Labyrinth and/or Maze
Marianne Camus
Université de Bourgogne, Dijon (France)

Criminal Geography in London: Dickens’s Twisted Underworld
Cécile Bertrand
Université Paris-Diderot (France)

Session 2: The Poetics of Urban Space: Tropes of Flow or Restriction
Chair: Michael Hollington
‘One Hundred and Five North Tower’: Writing the City as a Prison Narrative in Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
Divya Athamamthan
Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

The Role of Hypallages in Dickens’s Poetics of the City
Françoise Dupeyron-Lafay
Université Paris Est Créteil (France)

Re-envisioning Dickens’s City: London Through the Eyes of the Flâneur and Asmodeus
Estelle Murail
University of Paris-Diderot (France), King’s College London (UK)

Plenary Lecture
Dickens, and City-History: The View from the Arcades
Jeremy Tambling
University of Manchester (UK)

Walking through Revolutionary Paris with Dickens
starting at 10, rue Charles V and ending at the Hôtel de Ville

Welcome Cocktail
7.00 pm – Reception at the Hôtel de Ville : Mairie de Paris, Hôtel de Ville de Paris, Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris. Welcome from the deputy Mayor of Paris, Jean-Louis Missika, and from the President and Vice-President of Sorbonne Paris Cité (the consortium of Universities of which Paris-Diderot is a part).

Friday 3 February

Session 3: The polis in Dickens: Community and Cohesion or Violence and Struggle
Chair: William Cohen

‘With a Solemn Interest in the Whole Life and Death of the City’: Modern Isolation, Urban Violence and Sydney Carton’s Affective Community in A Tale of Two Cities
Patricia Cove
Dalhousie University (Canada)

Dickens and the City: Praxis
David Parker
Kingston University (UK)

Une populace effrénée: The Carlylean Origins of the Dickensian City
David Sorensen
Saint Joseph’s University (USA)

Session 4: The Dickens City among Other Literary Imaginings (Hugo, Prus, Dostoevsky, Rushdie, T.S. Eliot)
Chair: Jeremy Tambling

‘A river runs through it’: River Imagery in Dickens, Dostoevsky and Prus
Aleksandra Budrewicz-Beratan
Pedagogical University of Krakow (Poland)

Rereading Dickens/Rereading the City: Another Look at Dickens’ London with Les Misérables
Efraim Sicher
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel)

‘Our Mutual City’: The Posterity of the Dickensian Urbanscape
Georges Letissier
University of Nantes (France)

Lunch Break

Session 5: Illustrating Dickens: Modes of (Re)producing the Urban Backdrop in London and America
Chair: Robert Patten

‘Arranged for modern viewing’? Bleak House’s London by Dickens’s Illustrators
Laurent Bury
University Lumière – Lyon 2 (France)

Dickens’s Tale: A Production of Two Cities (London and New York), of Four Illustrators, and the Dickensian Metropolis
Philip Allingham
Lakehead University, Ontario (Canada)

Session 6: The City in Time: Change, Chance, Past and Present
Chair: Paul Vita

Transformation and the Threshold in the Dickensian City
Ben Moore
University of Manchester (UK)

“Pleated Time” and Urban Space: The City and the Traveller, Post-America
Nancy Metz
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (USA)

Layers of Time and Space: The Thames and the Medway in Edwin Drood
Ella Westland
University of Exeter (UK)

Plenary Lecture
Longing and the Dickensian City: Place, Popularity and the Past
Juliet John
Royal Holloway, University of London (UK)

Exhibition: Hugo reçoit Dickens
6.45 pm – Maison de Victor Hugo, 6, Place des Vosges, 75004, Paris

An exhibition to commemorate the reception Hugo gave for Dickens at Hugo’s house in the place des Vosges (then ‘place Royale’) in 1847. Exhibition organised in collaboration with The Charles Dickens Museum including material brought from London and also discovered in the reserve archives of the Maison Victor Hugo.

Victorian Dinner: 5 courses – each dish from a Dickens novel
8.00-11.00 pm – Place Des Vosges, 75004 Paris.

The menu was designed and discussed with chef cuisinier Arnaud Lessatini: Victorian Menu, A Tale of Four Cities (designed by Róisín Quinn-Lautrefin)

Victorian Menu A Tale of Four Cities 1Victorian Menu A Tale of Four Cities 2

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