The next session of Victorian Persistence will take place on Wednesday 22 June 2016 at the Université Paris Diderot (Bâtiment « Olympe-de-Gouges », salle 347, 17h30-19h30).
Three Americanists from the A19 research group (LARCA, Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7) will talk about the persistence of the word Victorian in America.
Thomas Constantinesco will give a paper entitled « Victorian America: American Literature and the Transnational Turn »
Michel Imbert will give a paper entitled « A Tale of Two Cities: Transatlantic Twice-told Tales », which will focus on Melville’s « The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids » and Poe’s « The Man of the Crowd ».
(Cécile Roudeau will be the discussant.)
We will work with sections from the following texts, which can be found on our blog: (http://victorianpersistence.wordpress.com/):
– Henry James, « The Jolly Corner » (1908)
– Henry James, « Maud-Evelyn » (1900)
– Herman Melville, « The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids » (1855)
– Edgar Allan Poe, « The Man of the Crowd »(1850)
– Paul Giles, « Virtual Subjects: Transnational Fictions and the Transatlantic Imaginary », in Virtual Americas: Transnational Fictions and the Transatlantic Imaginary, Durham, Duke UP, 2002, 1-21
– Jared Hickman, « On the Redundancy of ‘Transnational American Studies' », in The Oxford Handbook of Ninetenth-Century American Literature, Russ Castronovo ed., New York, Oxford UP, 2012, 269-288.
All are welcome!
The seminar will take place at 5.30 pm the following address: salle 347, Bâtiment “Olympe-de-Gouges”, 8 place Paul-Ricoeur, 75013, métro/RER Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand.
– Wednesday 5 October 2016: Professor Julian Wolfreys (University of Portsmouth): “Victorian Hauntings.”
Victorian Persistence: Text, Image, Theory
The present-day globalization of Victorian writing can be traced back to the extraordinary plasticity of its textual and visual forms, as it travels from place to place and media to media. Such temporal, geographical, cultural and intermedial persistence is the subject of this seminar which considers the different modes of resistance of literature within the nineteenth-century as well as its survival and rebirth in later times. Three texts from the following domains are chosen for each session: 1. theory/philosophy 2. academic criticism and 3. literature/journalism. They are made available on our blog before each session. The idea of the seminar is to allow speakers to discuss their area of research with others through a study of the three texts and chosen images, and thus open out the subject to other corpora, centuries, disciplines.
This seminar takes place at the Université Paris Diderot and is supervised by Professor Sara Thornton as part of the LARCA research centre (UMR 8225 du CNRS).