“Thoreau’s Wild Thinking” (Michael Jonik), Friday, Sept. 27 2019, 2pm, room 131 (Olympe de Gouges, Paris Diderot)

A19 invites Michael JONIK (Univ. of Sussex) on Friday, September 27, 2019, @ Univ. Paris Diderot (room ODG 131)

Michael’s talk is titled:


Michael Jonik teaches American literature and contemporary critical theory at the University of Sussex. He recently published Herman Melville and the Politics of the Inhuman (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and he writes on pre-1900 American literature, continental philosophy, and the history of science. Michael was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Cornell University Society for the Humanities. He has won research grants from the Spanish government, the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Leverhulme Trust. He is founding member of The British Association of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (BrANCA), and Reviews and Special Issues editor for the journal Textual Practice



Plan Paris Campus Rive Gauche

Friday, May 17, 2019, 2.30pm, OdG 202, Université de Paris New Perspectives on the Nineteenth-Century

A19 is pleased to announce its next session to be held on Friday, May 17, at 2. 30pm. We have invited two colleagues to talk about their current projects on the nineteenth-century.

Philipp Löffler (Université de Heidelberg): “Hawthorne and his Mosses: Reading Pace and Literary Value in Antebellum America”

Philipp Löffler is assistant professor of American literature. His work concentrates on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American fiction and poetry, with a particular interest in the uses of history in literature, the history of reading, and the connection between literature and education. He has published on Henry David Thoreau, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Roth, and Richard Powers, amongst others, and has edited two books on the connections between institutionalized reading habits and the production of literary value:  Reading Practices (Narr)and Reading the Canon(Winter). His first monograph is Pluralist Desires: Contemporary Historical Fiction and the End of the Cold War (Camden House). His next book will be a cultural history of US literary professionalism in the nineteenth century, tentatively titled Publishing Scoundrels: American Literature and the Professionalization of Authorship, 1790-1915.


Edward Sugden (King College, London): “The Genealogy of Beyond”

Edward Sugden joined King’s in September 2013 after completing his PhD at the University of Oxford. His first book Emergent Worlds: Alternative States in Nineteenth-Century American Culture was published by New York University Press in 2018. His work has appeared in journals such as J19 and Leviathan, and in a number of essay collections. His “Marginal States: Herman Melville in the Marquesas, 1842” was recently published in The New Herman Melville Studies (dir. Cody Marrs, Cambridge UP, 2019) and he has an essay in the forthcoming edited collection Neither The Time Nor The Place (dir. Susan Gillman et Christopher Castiglia, University of Pennsylvania Press)



Emergent Worlds

Friday, October 19- Making Oscar Wilde — Michèle Mendelssohn (Oxford). 2.30pm, OdG 165, Université Paris Diderot

The next session of our seminar will take place on Friday 19th October, 14h30-16h30 at the Université Paris Diderot (bâtiment Olympe de Gouge, room 165).

The session is open to all and is a jointly-organized collaboration between A19 and Victorian Persistence.

Michèle Mendelssohn (University of Oxford) will present her new book “Making Oscar Wilde” (Michèle Mendelssohn, Making Oscar Wilde, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).


Her respondents will be Camille Martin-Payre (Université Paris Diderot, LARCA) and Pr. Sara Thornton (Université Paris Diderot, LARCA.

Dr Michèle Mendelssohn is Associate Professor in English Literature; Deputy Director, Rothermere American Institute and Fellow of Mansfield College. Dr Mendelssohn’s research ranges from the late 19th century to the present day and covers both sides of the Atlantic. It encompasses British, American and Canadian literature. She has published widely on Victorian literature, 20th century cultural history, and contemporary writing. She is the author of Henry James, Oscar Wilde and Aesthetic Culture (Edinburgh UP, 2007 ; 2014). Dr. Mendelssohn is also the co-editor with Laura Marcus and Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr of Late Victorian into Modern (2016). She is the co-editor with Denis Flannery of Alan Hollingshurst: Writing Under the Influence (Manchester UP, 2016).

Making Oscar Wilde draws on new archives and rare documents to tell the story of Oscar Wilde’s life tumultuous rise, fall, and resurrection. It explores the social trends and controversies that rocked nineteenth century Britain, Ireland, and the United States as they moved towards modernity and exposes the intimate connections that bind together national histories.




A19 June Seminar Series around Chad LUCK (California State University at San Bernardino), invited professor at the LARCA.


A19 is pleased to announce a seminar series around Chad LUCK.

Chad LUCK is Associate Professor at California State University at San Bernardino. His research focuses on 18th- and 19th-Century American Literature and Culture; Literature and Philosophy; Critical Theory; Phenomenology and Phenomenological Criticism; Law and Literature; Property Theory. He is the author of The Body of Property: Antebellum American Fiction and the Phenomenology of Possession (Fordham UP, 2014).

Chad Luck has also published a number of essays, among which

  • “George Lippard and the Rise of the Urban Gothic.” A Companion to American Gothic, ed. Charles Crow. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
  • “Re-Walking the Purchase: Edgar Huntly, David Hume, and the Origins of Ownership.” Early American Literature 44.2 (2009): 271-306.
  • “The Epistemology of the Wonder-Closet: Melville, Moby-Dick, and the Marvelous.” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies1 (2007): 3-23.
  • “A Liberal Inheritance: Biology, Property, and the Limits of the Possessive Individual in Stoddard’s The Morgesons.” The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association1 (2007): 37-48.

  • Wednesday, June 13.    On Interest and the Interesting, 12pm-2pm (OdG 209, Paris Diderot) :

Chad LUCK (Associate Prof., California State University at San Bernardino): The Point of Interest: Economics and Aesthetics in Irving’s The Money-Diggers and Melville’s The Confidence-Man.

  • Friday June 15.  A19/LARCA. SYMPOSIUM, 10.30am-4pm (OdG 164, Paris Diderot)

10.30 am : Chad LUCK (Associate Prof., California State University at San Bernardino) : Sheppard Lee and the Utilitarian Social Body

Respondents : Antoine Traisnel (Assistant Professor, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor) & Stephen Sawyer (Prof., American University of Paris)

14pm-16pm : Giorgio MARIANI (Prof., Sapienza, Roma): Are Stephen Crane and Ambrose Bierce the Inventors  of the American “Anti-War” Story?       

Antoine TRAISNEL (Ann Arbor): The Stock Image: Eadweard Muybridge and the Animal in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility. 

Giorgio MARIANI is Professor of American Literature at the ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome, where he coordinates the Doctoral Programin English-language literatures. His work has concentrated on nineteenth-century American writers (Emerson, Melville, Stephen Crane, and others); on contemporary American Indian literature; on literary theory; on the literary and cinematic representation of war. He has published, edited,and co-edited several volumes, including Spectacular Narratives. Representations of Class and War in the American 1890s (1992), Post-tribal Epics.The Native American Novel between Tradition and Modernity (1996) and Le parole e le armi (Words and Arms), a collection of essays on US discourses of war and violence from the Puritans to the first Gulf War. His essays and reviews have appeared in many journals, including American Literary History, Studies in American Fiction, RIAS, RSA Journal, Stephen Crane Studies. His latest book is titled Waging War on War. Peacefighting in American Literature (University of Illinois Press, 2015).

Antoine TRAISNEL is assistant professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. He has published in the fields of American, French, and German literature and philosophy. He is the author of Hawthorne: Blasted Allegories (2015), coauthor of Donner le change: L’impensé animal (2016), with Thangam Ravindranathan, and translator of Sheppard Lee (2017). He is currently completing a book titled Life in Capture: Animal Pursuits and the New Logic of Life in Early America.


  • Wednesday, June 27. Literature and American (Literary) History. 12pm-2pm (OdG 209, Paris Diderot) :

Chad LUCK (Associate Prof., California State University at San Bernardino), about his book The Body of Property: Antebellum American Fiction and the Phenomenology of Possession (Fordham UP, 2014), more specifically about the chapter “Anxieties of Ownership: Debt, Entitlement, and the Plantation Romance.”

Caroline LEVANDER (Carlson Professor in the Humanities, Professor of English, Rice University). De-Ciphering American Literature: 1945-1840-2016

 Caroline LEVANDER is Carlson Professor of Humanities and English at Rice University, and Vice President for Global and Digital Strategy. She is author of, amongst others, Voices of the Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Culture and Literature (Cambridge University Press, 1998, paperback reprint 2009), Cradle of Liberty: Race, the Child and National Belonging from Thomas Jefferson to W.E.B. Du Bois (Duke University Press, 2006), Where is American Literature? (Wiley, 2013) and co-editor of a number of edited collections such as Hemispheric American Studies (Rutgers UP, 2008) and Companion to American Literary Studies (Wiley, 2011), both of them with Robert Levine. Levander’s current book is an alternative cultural history of American political life, entitled Confounding Fathers: The Hidden History of the Men Who Threatened to Make America Great. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Fulbright Program, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Huntington Library, the Brown Foundation, the Moody Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Science’s National Leadership grant. Her latest book, with Matthew Pratt Guterl, Hotel Life: the Story of a Place Where Anything Can Happen (UNC Press, 2015) is about the everyday work of one of the world’s most fascinating and strange institutions.

Friday, May 4, 2018. ODG 163, Université Paris Diderot @ 2pm. American Transcendentalism Revisited

A19 invites

Joseph URBAS (Professor, University Bordeaux Montaigne), author of

Emerson’s Metaphysics : A Song of Laws and Causes (American Philosophy Series, Lexington Books, 2015).

Discussant : Thomas CONSTANTINESCO, LARCA, Paris Diderot.

In this book, Urbas tells the story of the making of a metaphysician and in so doing breaks with the postmodern, anti-metaphysical readings that have dominated Emerson scholarship since his philosophical rehabilitation began in late 1970s. Emerson’s Metaphysics proposes an account of Emerson’s metaphysical thought as it unfolds in his writings, as it informs his philosophy as a whole, and as it reflects the intellectual and religious culture in which he lived and moved and had his being.



Nicholas GUARDIANO, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, author of

Aesthetic Transcendentalism in Emerson, Peirce and Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Painting (American Philosophy Series, Lexington Books, 2016). Nicholas’s talk is entitled:

« Metaphysical Landscapes: The Transcendentalist Philosophy of the Hudson River School. »

Discussant : Joseph URBAS

Nicholas L. Guardiano is a philosopher and research specialist overseeing the American philosophy collection at the Morris Library archives.



Friday, March 16, 2018. A19 invites Elizabeth Duquette (Gettysburg College), OdG 163, 2pm-4pm

bMS Am 188 (365), Houghton Library, Harvard University

Elizabeth Duquette’s talk is entitled

“Melville’s The Confidence-Man Between Genres.”

Elizabeth Duquette received her B.A. in Philosophy from Dartmouth College and her Ph.D. in American Literature from New York University.  Her first book–Loyal Subjects: Bonds of Nation, Race, and Allegiance in Nineteenth-Century America (Rutgers UP, 2010)--explored the idea of loyalty in the postbellum United States. With Gettysburg graduate Cheryl Tevlin, she co-edited Elizabeth Stuart Phelps: Selected Tales, Essays, and Poems (U of Nebraska P, 2014). Her current book project, Napoleonic Codes: Tyranny and Ubiquity in the Nineteenth-Century United States, offers an alternative history of the American political imagination in the nineteenth century, recovering the close, but often ignored, relationship between democracy and tyranny.

Amongst Duquette’s most recent  articles are “The Man of the World,” American Literary History 27:4 (2015), 635-664; “The Pleasures of Occasional Vitriol,” J19 3:2 (2015), 220-228; “The Office of The Dead Letter,” Arizona Quarterly 69:4 (2013), 25-58; “Making an Example: American Literature as Philosophy,” The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature, ed. Russ Castronovo (Oxford UP, 2012), 343-357; and Pierre‘s Nominal Conversions,” Melville and Aesthetics, eds. Samuel Otter and Geoff Sanborn (Palgrave, 2011), 117-135.

With Stacey Margolis, Elizabeth Duquette edits J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists.

Please note that Elizabeth Duquette will also give a talk on Thursday, March 15, 12-14, OdG 830:  “Afterlives of American Racism” https://FLT.hypotheses.org/

Vendredi 16 février, 2018–13h30

La prochaine séance de A19 aura lieu le 26 janvier (salle OdG 163, Université Paris Diderot) exceptionnellement à 13h30. Nous y entendrons:

François BRUNET, LARCA/Paris-Diderot, à propos de son livre : La Photographie, histoire et contre-histoire (PUF, 2017)


Ronan LUDOT-VLASAK, CECILLE/Lille 3, à propos de son livre : Essais sur Melville et l’Antiquité classique – ‘Etranger en son lieu’” (Honoré Champion, 2018), tout juste paru.


Il sera donc question d’archives, de statues, et de photographie, entre autres choses!

Veuillez noter que cette séance a été exceptionnellement avancée à 13h30 pour permettre à ceux et celles qui le souhaitent d’aller écouter Thomas Constantinesco au séminaire Arte à Paris Sorbonne.


Vendredi 26 janvier 2018 14h

A19 vous souhaite une excellente année 2018!

La prochaine séance de A19 aura lieu le 26 janvier (salle OdG 163, Université Paris Diderot). Nous y entendrons

Juliette DOROTTE, Le vertige de l’écriture : les premiers romans américains. Le cas de Royall Tyler, The Algerine Captive, 1797.


et, à l’occasion de la parution de son livre aux Presses de l’ENS-Lyon,

Michael ROY, Université Paris Nanterre, Textes fugitifs : le récit d’esclave au prisme de l’histoire du livre.

Le cas du récit de Charles Ball, Slavery in the United States, 1837.


Le détail des prochaines séances sera posté sur le site. En voici déjà un aperçu:


  • Vendredi 16 février, salle 163, 13h30

Ronan LUDOT-VLASAK, Lille 3, à propos de son livre : Essais sur Melville et l’Antiquité classique – ‘Etranger en son lieu’” (Honoré Champion, 2018)

François BRUNET, LARCA/Paris-Diderot, à propos de son livre : La Photographie, histoire et contre-histoire (PUF, 2017)


  • Vendredi 16 mars, salle 163 : séance autour d’Elizabeth DUQUETTE, Gettysburg College, co-rédactrice de J19: The Journal for Nineteenth-Century Americanists.


  • Vendredi 4 mai, salle 163 : Paysages transcendantalistes: peinture et métaphysique

Joseph URBAS, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne, à propos de son livre : Emerson’s Metaphysics: A Song of Laws and Causes (Lexington Books, 2016).

Nicholas GUARDIANO, Southern Illinois University : “Metaphysical Landscapes: The Transcendentalist Philosophy of the Hudson River School.”


  • Vendredi 15 juin, salle 164 : séance autour de Chad LUCK, California State University, San Bernardino (invité du LARCA/ Paris-Diderot)



A19 est aussi partenaire de 3 séminaires ou journées d’études ce semestre :


  • Vendredi 2 février (Paris Diderot) (avec EDLM et FLT) (12h-14h) : Récits d’esclaves-Nouvelles approches. Séminaire de travail avec la participation de Thomas Constantinesco, Sandrine Ferré-Bode et Anne-Laure Tissut, Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, Claire Parfait. voir site:  https://flt.hypotheses.org/


  • Vendredi 9 et samedi 10 février (ENS-Ulm) : Journées d’étude Walt Whitman. Invité A19 : Peter RILEY, University of Exeter : “‘Wet Paper Between Us’”: Whitman, Intimacy, and the Transformations of Labor”
  • Whitman-Programme Symposium Whitman-Ulm


  • Jeudi 28 juin (Paris Diderot) (avec University of East Anglia, the Arts And Humanities Research Council, and CHASE, consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South East England) : Recovering May Alcott Nieriker’s Life and Work: A One-Day Conference.


Friday, December 15, “Translating the American 19th Century, and Beyond”

The A19 workshop at Université Paris-Didérot-LARCA-UMR 8225 invites Pauline Choay-Lescar and Antoine Cazé to discuss their recent translations.

Pauline Choay-Lescar (trad.),  Walt Whitman, Ecrits de jeunesse, Actes Sud, 2015.


Antoine Cazé (trad.), Susan Howe, Mon Emily Dickinson, Ypsilon, 2017.

Antoine Cazé will also discuss his forthcoming translation into French of Howe’s The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the American Wilderness in American Literary History (1993).

The seminar will take place on Friday, November 15, at 2.30pm (Room 164, bâtiment Olympe de Gouges, Université Paris Diderot, 8, Place Paul Ricoeur, 75013 Paris).


Vendredi 15 décembre, “Traduire le XIXe siècle américain, et au-delà”, 14h30, ODG 164

La deuxième séance de l’atelier A19 (LARCA-UMR 8225) aura lieu le vendredi 15 décembre à l’université Paris Diderot, en salle 164, bâtiment Olympe de Gouges.

C’est une séance autour de la traduction que nous vous proposons autour de deux interventions :

Pauline Choay-Lescar viendra nous parler de sa traduction de

Walt Whitman, Ecrits de jeunesse, Actes Sud, 2015.



Antoine Cazé présentera sa traduction de

Susan Howe, Mon Emily Dickinson, Ypsilon, 2017,

ainsi que de sa traduction en cours de The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the American Wilderness in American Literary History.


La séance sera suivie du traditionnel pot.

Friday, November 24, 2017 –The Global Nineteenth-Century

The A19 workshop at Université Paris-Didérot-LARCA-UMR 8225 invites Dr. Mark STOREY, assistant professor at the University of Warwick, who will give a talk entitled :

“Local Color, World-System; or, American Realism at the Periphery.”

Dr. Storey teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies programmes.
His first book, Rural Fictions, Urban Realities: A Geography of Gilded Age American Literature (OUP, 2013), examined the effects of late nineteenth-century modernisation and urbanisation on the literary representation of rural America, and argued for a reconceptualisation of ‘American regionalism’.
His current research focuses on two areas: U.S. imperialism, and time studies. His project attempts to bring U.S. imperialism and time studies together by looking at the concept of ‘imperial time’ and how it relates to literary culture in America from the late 18th century to the present. Through this work, Dr. Storey is interested in classical reception in America, the philosophical and political uses of historical analogy, the place of the historical novel in American literary history, travel writing about the Mediterranean, and the racial/religious aspects of U.S. imperialism.

We will also discuss the turn to the global in ninetenth-century studies, especially among historians, with the recent publication of Histoire du monde au XIXe siècle, edited by Pierre Singaravélou et Sylvain Venayre (Fayard, 2017) in the wake of The Transformation of the World. A Global History of the Nineteenth by Jürgen Osterhammel (trad. Patrick Camiller), Princeton UP, 2014. What do we have to say about this globalization of nineteenth-century studies as literary scholars?



The seminar will take place on Friday, November 24, at 2pm (room 009, bâtiment Sophie Germain)

Next seminar : Friday, December 15. Guest speakers : Pauline Choay-Lescar, translator of Whitman’s early writings ; Antoine Cazé (Université Paris Diderot), translator of Susan Howe’s My Emily Dickinson (Ypsilon, 2017) and The Birthmark (forthcoming).


La prochaine séance de l’atelier A19 (LARCA-UMR 8225) aura lieu le vendredi 24 novembre à Paris Diderot (salle 009, bâtiment Sophie Germain) autour de la venue de Mark Storey, assistant professor à l’université de Warwick (UK), auteur de Rural Fictions, Urban Realities: A Geography of Gilded Age American Literature (OUP, 2013), qui fera une communication intitulée:

“Local Color, World-System; or, American Realism at the Periphery.”


Nous discuterons également à cette occasion d’une certaine actualité du dix-neuvième siècle “global” autour de la parution, sous la direction de Pierre Singaravélou et Sylvain Venayre, d’Histoire du monde au XIXe siècle (Fayard, 2017) dans le sillage de The Transformation of the World. A Global History of the Nineteenth Century de Jürgen Osterhammel (trad. Patrick Camiller), Princeton UP, 2014. Quel est l’impact de ce tournant global pour les études littéraires?

PJ: l’introduction de Histoire du monde au XIXe siècle et The Transformation of the World. A Global History of the Nineteenth Century.



La séance sera suivie du traditionnel pot.

Veuillez noter dès à présent que le prochain atelier aura lieu le vendredi 15 décembre. Ce sera une séance consacrée à la traduction, avec la participation de Pauline Choay-Lescar, traductrice des écrits de jeunesse de Walt Whitman (Actes Sud, 2015) et d’Antoine Cazé, traducteur de Susan Howe (My Emily Dickison, Ypsilon, 2017, et The Birthmark, en préparation).







Friday, April 28- Literature and Politics- A19 and Paris Diderot LARCA invite George Shulman and Juliette Utard.

A19 and LARCA (Research Laboratory in Anglophone Culture, Paris Diderot) invite George Shulman (Gallatin School, NYU) and Juliette Utard (Paris Sorbonne, VALE, LARCA-CNRS) on Friday, April 28, 2017.

The seminar will take place at 2 pm, at Université Paris Diderot, Bât. Olympe de Gouges, room 163..

George Shulman (Gallatin School of NYU): “Postmortem Effects: Impasse and Genre in American Politics and Literature”

“At a moment of historical impasse and national division, George Shulman claims that profound insight is found not in the texts typically canonized as “American Political Thought,” but in the fictions and poetry of literary artists from Melville and Whitman to Faulkner, Ellison, and Morrison. To explore what is unspeakable in American politics, its unsaid axioms and disavowed conditions of possibility, the literature repeatedly forgoes a realist aesthetic; instead, literary artists use genres of fabulation to dramatize how national romances of self-making and more perfect union generate tragedy, ghosts, horror, and farce. Representing the return of what is repressed by prevailing political languages of liberalism, nationalism, and individualism, such fictions at once probe and embody the meaning of the political by dramatizing the fictionality at its core.”

George Shulman teaches Political Theory and American Studies at The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. He received his PhD in Political Science and American Studies from University of California, Berkeley, in 1982. The American Political Science Association awarded his second book, American Prophecy: Race and Redemption in American Politics (2008, Minnesota) the David Eastman Prize for “best book in political theory.” He has published essays relating political theory and literary studies, as well as Political Theology and Critical Race Theory.


Juliette Utard (Paris-Sorbonne, VALE, LARCA-CNRS): The American Poetry Collection and the Trials of Federal Democracy: “Necro Citizenship” in Spoon River Anthology (1915) by Edgar Lee Masters
Looking at American poetry from the vantage point of the US model of federal democracy, this talk undertakes a (political) reading of Edgar Lee Masters’ striking collection of epitaph-poems Spoon River Anthology (1915, 1916) a hundred years after it was first published. Not quite the nostalgic, agrarian myth of rural Midwest it has come to embody, Spoon River Anthology uncovers a vast necropolis where the (dis)united dead of America lie side by side as “necro citizens.” “[T]he only democracy—the graveyard” then, as one of the poems suggests? Russ Castronovo reminds us that “Not all subjects lie still in democracy’s graveyard.” In fact a hundred years on, Spoon River Anthology reads as a critical laboratory of democracy that repeatedly challenges the US political model, investigating modes of poetic assemblage together with new forms of political assembly.

Juliette Utard teaches American literature at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and is currently on leave at LARCA. She is the author of Wallace Stevens : Une poétique du fini (forthcoming, Honoré Champion) and co-editor of Wallace Stevens, Poetry and France (forthcoming, “Actes de la Recherche,” Éditions rue d’Ulm). Her current research focuses on the American poetry book and its editorial, critical and political issues in the digital age.

LIterature and Politics- April 28


The Bible in Nineteenth-Century American Literature – March 31

A19 invites Agnès Derail (Ecole normale supérieure, Paris), Michel Imbert (Paris Diderot/LARCA) and Bruno Monfort (Nanterre University) who contributed to the section devoted to nineteenth-century American Literature in Sylvie Parizet (ed.)  La Bible dans les littératures du monde, Editions du Cerf, 2016.

The seminar will take place on Friday, March 31, at 2 pm, at Université Paris Diderot, Bât. Olympe de Gouges, room 103.

Vendredi 3 mars, 14h30, Université Paris Diderot, Bât ODG, salle 103

Le vendredi 3 mars, A19 tient une séance double et doublement internationale autour des travaux d’Erica Fretwell (University at Albany-SUNY) et Michael Collins (School of English, University of Kent).

Erica Fretwell, actuellement « junior fellow » au Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, est sur le point d’achever un ouvrage intitulé With Feeling: The Senses and Social Life in Nineteenth-Century America. Elle est notamment l’auteur de

  • “Stillness Is a Move: Helen Keller and the Kin-aesthetics of Autobiography” American Literary History 25.3 (Fall 2013): 563 – 587
  • “Emily Dickinson in Domingo” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 1.1 (Spring 2013): 71 – 96.

Sa communication est intitulée  « Body Images ». Il y sera question de membres fantômes dans la littérature et la photographie américaines du milieu du XIXe siècle.

Michael Collins vient de publier The Drama of the American Short Story, 1800 – 1865 (University of Michigan Press, 2016) dont il viendra nous parler.


M. Collins travaille actuellement sur un autre livre centré sur la fiction réaliste et provisoirement intitulé After Haymarket: Class and Culture in the American Gilded Age. 

Le titre de sa communication : « The Gestural Politics and Poetics of the Short Story. »

Le séminaire se tiendra à partir de 14h 30 en salle 103, Bâtiment Olympe de Gouges, et sera suivi du traditionnel pot.

La prochaine séance aura lieu le vendredi 31 mars où les auteurs de la partie consacrée à la Bible dans la littérature américaine du XIXe siècle dans l’ouvrage récemmen paru, La Bible dans les littératures du monde (dir. Sylvie Parizet, Editions du Cerf, 2016), viendront nous présenter les résultats de leurs investigations.


A19 (https://a19.hypotheses.org/) invites Erica Fretwell (University at Albany-SUNY) and Michael Collins (School of English, the University of Kent).

Erica Fretwell will give a talk entitled “Body Images” in which she will be discussing phantom limbs and theories of disembodiment across mid-nineteenth century literature and photographs.

Erica Fretwell is currently completing a book project, With Feeling: The Senses and Social Life in Nineteenth-Century America, that brings together the philosophical, scientific, and materialist histories of sense perception to understand how the five senses functioned in the era of Jim Crow. She is the author of (for example) of “Stillness Is a Move: Helen Keller and the Kin-aesthetics of Autobiography” (American Literary History (Fall 2013)) and “Emily Dickinson in Domingo” (J19 (Spring 2013)).

Michael Collins’s talk will follow: “The Gestural Politics and Poetics of the Short Story.”

Michael Collins’s first monograph, entitled The Drama of the American Short Story, 1800 – 1865, came out in October 2016 with University of Michigan Press. In the book he develops a new generic theory of the antebellum short story by utilising performance and ritual theory. https://www.press.umich.edu/9241322/drama_of_the_american_short_story_1800_1865

His second area of research concerns how realist fiction explores the effect of emergent theories of culture upon radical, transnational conceptions of class solidarity. The planned monograph is entitled After Haymarket: Class and Culture in the American Gilded Age. 

The seminar will take place at 2.30 pm, room 103, Bâtiment “Olympe-de-Gouges”, Université Paris Diderot, 8 place Paul-Ricoeur, 75013, métro/RER Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand, Paris. plan-olympe-de-gouges

Contact: cecile.roudeau@gmail.com

“The Divine Magnet”- Friday, January 20, 2.30pm, Paris-Diderot, Bâtiment Sophie Germain, Université Paris Diderot, salle 0010

La prochaine séance de l’atelier A19 (LARCA-UMR 8225) aura lieu le vendredi 20 janvier à 14h30 (salle 0010, bâtiment Sophie Germain) à Paris Diderot autour de la récente publication de dix lettres de Melville à Hawthorne, dans une édition de Mark Niemeyer (Orison Books, 2016)

La séance sera consacrée à une conversation autour de cet ouvrage.

Mark Niemeyer (Université de Bourgogne): “The Divine Magnet: Melville’s Writings to and about Hawthorne”

Michel Imbert (Paris Diderot, LARCA) et Bruno Monfort (Paris Ouest-Nanterre) seront discutants.


The A19 workshop at Université Paris-Didérot-LARCA-UMR 8225 will host a seminar on Mark Niemeyer’s edition of Herman Melville’s Letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne (Orison Books, 2016) with Agnès Derail (ENS) as respondent.

Mark NIEMEYER is is professor of American literature and American history at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France. His research focuses on nineteenth-century writings of the antebellum period and is frequently concerned with questions related to cultural nationalism and national identity. He has published numerous articles and is co-editor of several editions of works by Herman Melville, including the French “Folio Classique” edition of Mardi (2011), the Norton Critical edition of The Confidence-Man (2005), and the French “Pléiade” editions of Mardi (1997) and Moby-Dick (2006)

The seminar will take place on Friday, January 20 at 2.30 pm, Bâtiment “Sophie GERMAIN”, Université Paris Diderot, métro/RER Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand, Paris. plan-olympe-de-gouges

The Divine Magnet:
Herman Melville’s Letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne

edited with an introduction by
Mark Niemeyer

foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist
Paul Harding

105 pp


“The divine magnet is in you, and my magnet responds. Which is the biggest? A foolish question—they are One.”—Melville to Hawthorne