Friday, November 10th, 2pm, ODG 829 / Zoom Matthew Redmond, “Between Worlds: Revolutionary Time in American Literature.”

On November 10th, at 2pm, we are inviting Matthew Redmond for a talk entitled “Between Worlds: Revolutionary Time in American Literature.”

Pauline Pilote (UBS) will be respondent.

Matthew Redmond is a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Université de Lille. He holds a PhD from Stanford University (Living Too Long: The Politics of Lifespan in American Literature). His research explores the intersection of temporality, republican politics, and literary culture in America throughout the long nineteenth century. His work has appeared in English Literary History, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Textes et Contextes, among other sources.

 

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Friday, Oct. 6th, 2023, 2pm: Prof. Nicholas Bromell (UMass):  “Another Frederick Douglass: Tracing the “Strange, Mysterious, and Indescribable” in Douglass’s Political Philosophy.” (OdG, Room 830/Zoom)–Respondent: Marie-Jeanne Rossignol (LARCA)

Prof. Nicholas Bromell is Emeritus Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Nick Bromell works at the intersection of literary and cultural studies and philosophy, with a consistent interest in historical and cultural constructions of what counts as “knowledge” and “knowing.”  His first book, By the Sweat of the Brow: Literature and Labor in Antebellum America (Chicago: 1992), uncovers and analyzes an antebellum struggle over the meaning of manual and mental work and the relative values of bodily “know-how” and mental “knowledge.” In Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock and Psychedelics in the 1960s (Chicago: 2000), he explores the ways music and psychedelics were felt by many youth to be forms of knowing that constituted a counter-public sphere with which to resist “the system.” In The Time Is Always Now: Black Thought and the Transformation of US Democracy (Oxford: 2013), he starts from W.E.B.  Du Bois’s well-known claim that “there are … no truer exponents of the pure human spirit of the Declaration of Independence than …American Negroes” and approaches Black cultural production as an indispensable resource for U.S. democracy and its self-understanding.  `

In his most recent book, The Powers of Dignity: The Black Political Philosophy of Frederick Douglass (Duke: 2021) (https://www.dukeupress.edu/the-powers-of-dignity), he tries to fully unpack what Douglass might have meant when he claimed that “from this little bit of experience, slave experience, I have elaborated quite a lengthy chapter of political philosophy applicable to the American people.”  As well, Bromell is the editor of A Political Companion to W.E.B. Du Bois (Kentucky, 2018) and co-editor of The Norton Critical Edition of Frederick Douglass’s “My Bondage and My Freedom” (Norton: 2020).  His research has appeared in numerous academic journals, including American Quarterly, American Literary History, American Literature, Critical Philosophy of Race, and Political Theory.  His essays have been published in The Boston Globe, Harper’s, Raritan, Sewanee Review, The Georgia Review, The American Scholar, and on-line at Alternet and Salon. The founding editor of The Boston Review and a former president of the New England American Studies Association, he has received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Charles Warren Center at Harvard.

His paper proposes that Frederick Douglass developed a theory of the relation between aesthetics and politics that has powerful implications for our understandings of resistance, Black subjectivity, and democracy. In giving expression to these ideas, he often found the conventional political lexicon of his time inadequate and turned instead to a distinctive mode of rhetoric,   his “soul language.”  

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Americanists Abroad Virtual Book Launch, Friday, Sept, 29, 1pm-2pm around New Perspectives on Mary E. Wilkins Freeman: Reading With and Against the Grain (Edinburgh UP, 2023)

The Americanists Abroad cluster’s third virtual book launch will be in honour of the publication of Stephanie Palmer, Myrto Drizou and Cécile Roudeau’s New Perspectives on Mary E. Wilkins Freeman: Reading With and Against the Grain (Edinburgh UP, 2023), on  Friday, Sept, 29, , from 12-1 pm (BST).

To RSVP, please emai j.michelle.coghlan@manchester.ac.uk for the zoom link and a link to the introductions on Dropbox.

Topic: Americanists Abroad Virtual Book Launch (New Perspectives on Freeman)

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Friday, March 17, 2023, 2pm, Pauline Pilote (UBS/HCTI), Wizard of the West: Walter Scott et le roman historique américain; 3pm, Tom Nurmi (NTNU, Trondheim): “Waylaying Light: Emily Dickinson and the Sun”, Université Paris Cité, ODG 830 /Zoom

Wizards of the West : Walter Scott et le roman historique américain

Bruno Monfort, Université Paris Nanterre, sera discutant.

Pendant la première moitié du XIXe siècle, le roman historique est un genre en plein essor, notamment dans le sillage de James Fenimore Cooper et de sa célèbre série des Leatherstocking Tales. Si beaucoup y ont vu l’acte de naissance de la littérature états-unienne, que viendrait consolider le « grand roman américain » des années 1850, le livre présenté ici cherche à décentrer cette lecture de l’histoire littéraire des États-Unis. Dès son titre, l’ouvrage assume un cadre transatlantique qui place l’écrivain écossais Walter Scott aux côtés de trois contemporains américains – James Fenimore Cooper, Washington Irving et Catharine Maria Sedgwick, tous trois reconnaissant un lien avec l’auteur britannique. Plutôt que de lire la « naissance » du roman américain comme l’expression littéraire d’un exceptionnalisme états-unien, ce travail cherche à montrer que ce dernier est à considérer à l’aune des échanges transatlantiques florissants qui subsistent tout au long du premier XIXe siècle, malgré l’Indépendance politique et malgré la rhétorique de rupture que met en avant l’ère jacksonienne.

En lisant ensemble des textes qui se répondent et reprennent les uns aux autres un certain nombre de traits, l’ouvrage, sorti en août 2022, étudie la composition d’un discours cohérent et rassembleur et la construction d’une mémoire collective. Cette présentation explorera la circulation de textes et de motifs dans l’espace atlantique et sur la scène littéraire américaine afin d’étudier le rôle du roman historique dans la construction de l’imaginaire collectif américain, tout en réfléchissant à la formation et à la diffusion du roman national dans un cadre transnational.

 

 

Tom Nurmi  (Norwegian University of Science and Technology [NTNU, Trondheim])  is the author of Magnificent Decay: Melville and Ecology (University of Virginia Press, 2020), “Melville’s Foams” (Oxford Companion of Herman Melville, 2022), “Mineral Melville” (J19, 7:1, 2019). He is currently working on a book titled “Uranium Cadillac: Energy and the Work of Comparative Literature.”

He will give a talk titled “Waylaying Light: Emily Dickinson and the Sun.”

In nearly two hundred of her poems, Emily Dickinson conjures imagery of the sun. Amid a period of new and proliferating ways of seeing – photographs, telescopes, electric street lamps – and her own declining vision, Dickinson’s suns illuminate a variety of nineteenth-century scientific and cultural discourses around energy and extinction. This talk explores Dickinson’s sun poems for their insights into the science of light, the work of creativity, and the helio-temporal underpinnings of what we might call a solar unconscious that structures our conceptions of the Anthropocene itself.

 

Friday, December 9, 2pm, Prof. Jennifer GREIMAN, Wake Forest University, “Unplanted to the last: Melville’s Democracy and the Poetics of Grass”

In a famous 1851 letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville describes his “ruthless democracy” as a principle of radical egalitarianism joined to a process of transience and transformation, which he figures through the cycle of grasses growing, going to seed, rooting, and growing again. From Pierre and Israel Potter in the 1850s to Clarel in the 1870s and Weeds and Wildings published a year before his 1891 death, Melville’s grasses become a key register of both the macro-politics and micro-politics of democracy across his work – a means of connecting the histories of war and settlement that transform the landscapes of upstate New York and western Massachusetts to the minutest forces of vegetable creativity and change. This talk will trace Melville’s grassy figures alongside the more famous poetic grasses of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass to tease out the difference of Melville’s conception of democracy. While both Melville and Whitman develop experimental aesthetics from the adhesive powers of democratic sociality and the figurative bounty of grass, Whitman’s poetics and prose after the Civil War is explicitly committed to the question of how poetry might plant an enduring democratic union. Melville, by contrast, holds to the radical premise that democracy is unplantable – that is, it must be understood as groundless (in Jacques Rancière’s formulation), in part, because its most militant potential derives from a combination of human and non-human creativities (in William Connolly’s). 

Michael Jonik is Reader in English and American Literature at the University of Sussex. He will be her respondent.

Jennifer Greiman is Associate Professor of English at Wake Forest University and the associate editor of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies. She is the author of Melville’s Democracy: Radical Figuration and Political Form (forthcoming from Stanford University Press) and Democracy’s Spectacle: Sovereignty and Public Life in Antebellum American Writing (Fordham University Press, 2010) and the co-editor, with Paul Stasi, of The Last Western: Deadwood and the End of American Empire (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). Her articles have appeared in The New Cambridge Companion to Herman MelvilleThe New Melville StudiesTimelines of American LiteratureJ19: The Journal of Nineteenth-century Americanists, LeviathanREAL, and Textual Practice. Recently, in June 2022, Jennifer Greiman was keynote at the Melville’s Energies conference in Paris.

Friday, Nov. 18th, 2pm, Prof. Gordon Hutner (Univ. of Illinois), editor of American Literary History, “Publishing Nineteenth-Century American Literary History”

Gordon Hutner, Editor for American Literary History and the Oxford Studies in American Literary History book series, will give a talk entitled “Publishing Nineteenth-Century American Literary History.”

It is a unique opportunity for students, faculty, and lovers of US literature to hear about Gordon Hutner’s long experience in editing American literature. We hope to see you there.

C19 Americanists Abroad. Book Launch (Hannah Murray and Thomas Constantinesco) – Friday, September 23, 12-1pm (BST)

The first event of the 2022-2023 year will be a joint event with C19 Americanists Abroad organized by J. Michelle Coghlan. It will be a virtual book launch event in honour of Hannah Murray’s Liminal Whiteness in Early US Fiction and Thomas Constantinesco’s Writing Pain in the Nineteenth-Century United States.

Here is the link to the Dropbox folder with copies of Hannah and Thomas’s introductions: 

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C19 Americanists Abroad-Article Spotlight (E. Forbes and E. Marsoin)

A 19 is happy to share a second event of the C19 Americanists Abroad group, of which A19 is a member.

It will take place online on Friday, June 17th at 1 pm (Paris) and will feature two articles:

Erin Forbes, “Do Black Ghosts Matter? Harriet Jacobs’ Spiritualism,” awarded the 1921 Prize in American Literature (2021)

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Edouard Marsoin, “‘No Land of Pleasure Unalloyed’: Economies of Pleasure and Pain in Melville’s Typee and Omoo” awarded the Hennig Cohen Prize (2021)

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Vendredi 8 avril, 14h (OdG + zoom) — Hélène Valance (U. de Franche-Comté): « Inconséquences historiques : Les visions anachroniques de Susan Fenimore Cooper dans “A Dissolving View” »

Ce séminaire aura lieu à l’Université Paris Cité (ex-Université de Paris), bâtiment Olympe de Gouges, salle 830 à 14h.

Hélène Valance est maîtresse de conférences à l’Université de Franche-Comté. Elle est spécialiste de l’histoire visuelle des États-Unis (plus particulièrement 19ème-20ème siècles). Elle est l’autrice de Nocturne. Night in American Art, 1890-1917 (Yale Université Press, 2018, à reparaître en 2022). Son projet actuel est consacré aux représentations de l’histoire nationale dans la culture visuelle des États-Unis au cours du long 19ème siècle. 

Cette communication examine « A Dissolving View », un essai de la naturaliste et écrivaine Susan Fenimore Cooper, qui considère le paysage naturel américain dans une perspective historique, transatlantique, et médiée par les technologies de l’image, dont la lanterne magique qui lui donne son titre. Il met en scène le regard de l’autrice contemplant depuis le sommet d’une colline la petite ville de Cooperstown, fondée par son grand-père sur les rives du lac Otsego dans l’actuel état de New York. Cooper part du spectacle de la vallée « s’étendant à [ses] pieds comme une magnifique carte » (« like a beautiful map ») pour déployer une réflexion sur les rapports entre histoire et paysage, sous-tendue par une comparaison entre l’Europe et l’Amérique du Nord. Après avoir retracé les grands moments de l’humanité et de son impact sur le paysage (des tumuli anciens aux ruines médiévales), Cooper souligne combien les édifices américains, marqués par une logique capitaliste et utilitaire, semblent précaires au regard de l’histoire longue. Les dernières pages du texte voient ces considérations généralisantes culminer en une vision inattendue : abandonnant le ton formel de l’essai, l’autrice plonge le lecteur dans un moment de pure fantaisie, dans tous les sens du terme. Armée d’une branche d’hamamélis (witch-hazel), elle projette sur le paysage une fantasmagorie qui rejoue l’inévitable comparaison entre Europe et Amérique, mais en remontant le passé. L’illusion fait disparaître, d’abord, toute trace d’occupation par les colons pour retourner le paysage à son état « sauvage ». Mais l’autrice va plus loin encore, et superpose sur cette nature américaine un paysage européen imaginaire. Le paysage naturel devient ainsi le terrain d’une histoire alternative, décalée et re-cadrée dans un « jeu de cadavre exquis architectural » (« a game of architectural consequences »). La communication reviendra en particulier sur les enjeux esthétiques de l’essai, en le replaçant dans la culture visuelle et artistique de son époque.  

 

 “Playing with historical consequences: Susan Fenimore Cooper’s anachronistic vision in ‘A Dissolving View'”. 

This paper examines “A Dissolving View,” an essay by naturalist and writer Susan Fenimore Cooper, which considers the American natural landscape from a historical, transatlantic perspective mediated by image technologies such as the magic lantern. It stages the author gazing from a hilltop at the small town of Cooperstown, founded by her grandfather on the shores of Otsego Lake. Cooper begins with the sight of the valley “stretching out at [her] feet like a beautiful map” to develop a reflection on the relationship between history and landscape, underpinned by a comparison between Europe and North America. After tracing major moments of humanity’s history and their impact on the landscape (from ancient burial mounds to medieval ruins), Cooper emphasizes how American buildings, marked by a capitalist and utilitarian logic, seem precarious in the face of long history. The last pages of the text see these generalizing considerations culminate in an unexpected vision: abandoning the formal tone of the essay, the author plunges the reader into a moment of pure fantasy. Armed with a branch of witch-hazel, she projects a phantasmagoria on the landscape, replaying the inevitable comparison between Europe and America, but going back in time. The illusion makes all traces of occupation by European settlers disappear in order to return the landscape to its “wild” state. But the author goes even further, and superimposes an imaginary European landscape on this restored wilderness. The natural landscape thus becomes the terrain of an alternative history, shifting and reframed in a “game of architectural consequences”. The paper will focus on the aesthetic issues of the essay, by placing it in the visual and artistic culture of its time.   

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Friday, March 18th, 2pm (zoom + OdG 830): Antoine Traisnel (U of Michigan) and Michael Jonik (U of Sussex) in conversation

Antoine Traisnel (University of Michigan) In the Doldrums: Plastic and the Sea” (with the Environmental Humanities Research Group)

In this creative-critical essay, co-written with Thangam Ravindranathan (Brown University), we reflect on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area of marine debris spanning 1.6 million kilometers in the North Pacific Ocean. The 87,000 metric tons of non-biodegradable plastic bits and particles gathering in this span of ocean—due to a particular confluence of marine currents in the subtropical convergence zone and the “trapping” of litter in the stable center of the resulting vortex—occupies today the exact zones that used to be known in the Age of Sail as the doldrums—the “dead calm” described by sailors and writers, most famously in Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner, some of Melville’s writings and Lévi-Strauss’s Tristes Tropiques. In the doldrums, due to the complete absence of wind for weeks at a time, ships would be stranded, both space and time seemingly at a standstill. If technologies for “annihilating space and time” (Marx), and specifically fossil-fuel-powered motorized speed, took humans decidedly out of the doldrums, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch stands as a testament to the fact that no speed is fast enough for a metaphor to transcend its own material remainder. From the fuel that powered the ships and factories and fast urban lives of industrial modernity came also petrochemicals, notably plastic, that will not biodegrade—or “go away”—within actionable time. The tons of plastic in the North Pacific gather as the indelible waste of mass consumer culture and pose an extremely toxic danger to marine ecosystems. This talk, experimenting with the formal conceit of an interstitial chapter to Moby Dick (where the Pequod finds itself mired in a sea of debris), meditates on the impeccable if submerged chiasmus-like operations linking dematerialization and matter, the metaphorical and the earthly, transcendence and disposal, that work at the heart of capitalist modernity, and that make the Great Pacific Garbage Patch a haunting “hyper-object” (Morton) of our space-time. 

Michael Jonik (University of Sussex) A Dictionary of the Indian Languages”: Thoreau’s Ecopoetic Ethnobotany”

At the end of his Maine Woods, Thoreau adds a brief “Appendix” containing plant and animal names (including Latin nomenclature and common English names), advice for those who would “outfit” an excursion upriver in Maine, and a “List of Indian Words.” The latter list relates primarily to place names or to geographical or topographical features of the Penobscot valley, and signals Thoreau’s diverse yet intense interests in cartography and toponymy, geology and hydrodynamics, botany and zoology, anthropology and Colonial history, and, indeed, philology and poetics. Thoreau had compiled this multilingual list of words from the Abenaki language from a variety of sources, including Sébastien Rasles’s A Dictionary of the Abnaki Language, in North America (which translated Abenaki into French), Willamson’s History of Maine, and words he learned directly from hisPenobscot guides (especially Joe Polis) during his three excursions recounted in “Ktaadn,” “Chesuncook,” and “The Allegash and the East Branch.” In this presentation, I explore his increasing intimacy with Native American understandings of the environment, epistemologies, cultures and lifeways: an eco-political phronesis outside white liberal knowledge structures, or what he calls in “Walking” a “more perfect Indian wisdom.” He celebrates this new intimacy with the natural world that Native American words offer him in his journal on March 5, 1858: “A dictionary of the Indian Languages reveals another and wholly new life to us. … It reveals to me a life within a life” (March 5, 1858). Building on such moments, this paper investigates the implications of Thoreau’s inclusion of Indigenous languages in his writings, especially his use of Abenaki words The Maine Woods, as well as instances from his journals and selections from his “Indian Notebooks.” My contention here is that Thoreau’s increasingly sensitive inclusion of Abenaki words across his three excursions recounted in The Maine Woods indicates a shift away from a Romantic tropology of Native Americans as primitive and vanquished in his thinking. Instead, Thoreau uses words as a means to engage a living Indigenous population and to discern a more vibrant and intimate relational ontology of plant and animal life previously foreclosed to him. At the same time, Thoreau’s interleaving of Indigenous languages into his writing does not happen separately from that of the Latin taxa or French words that often appear in his texts, but rather creates a dynamic, multilingual palimpsest of his ecopoetical experiences.  

Antoine Traisnel is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and English at the University of Michigan. He holds doctorates in American Literature from Université Lille 3 (2009) and Comparative Literature from Brown University (2013). His published books, essays, and translations span the fields of American, French, and German Literature; critical and literary theory; biopolitics and ecocriticism. He is author of: Capture: American Pursuits and the Making of a New Animal Condition (U Minnesota Press, 2020); Donner le change: L’impensé animal (Hermann, 2016), co-written with Thangam Ravindranathan; Hawthorne: Blasted Allegories (Aux Forges de Vulcain, 2015). He is the translator of Sheppard Lee (Aux Forges de Vulcain, 2017). His recent and current research examines cultural and literary works through the lens of biocapitalism and extinction. It explores the historical, aesthetic, and philosophical footholds of the administration of life, concerns made all the more urgent in our present of escalating necropolitical and environmental crises. He co-leads the Critical Futures Project, a research collective that explores theoretical methods for addressing the new urgency of climate change under digital and racial capitalism.

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, and was a fellow at the Institut d’études avancées de Paris. He is founding member of The British Association of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (BrANCA), and Reviews and Special Issues editor for the journal Textual Practice

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Vendredi 18 février, 14h-15H30, Bruno Monfort (U. Paris Nanterre/LARCA UMR8225): Tempo(e)ralité » et connaissance : dire « now » et esquiver le présent dans « A Descent into the Maelström ». ZOOM ONLY.

 

Bruno Monfort est ancien élève de l’ENS-Ulm. professeur de littérature américaine à l’Université Paris Nanterre. Spécialiste du XIXe siècle, Bruno Monfort est l’auteur de nombreuses publications, notamment sur Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau et Poe. Il travaille actuellement à un ouvrage intitulé « Poe et la science :  du monde physique à sa dématérialisation ».

Sur Poe, Bruno Monfort est l’auteur de:

« Le Sphinx dénaturé : Une Écologie du discours ? » Revue Française d’Études Américaines 129 (2011): 19-34.

« Sans les mains : Vérité achéiropoiète chez Poe ». Théorie, Littérature, Epistémologie. « La Vérité en fiction ». 28 (2012) : 35-50.

« La Dynamique de l’obsession dans ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ d’E. A. Poe ». Formes de l’obsession II. Paris : Michel Houdiard, 2007. 30-48. 

 

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Sujet : A19 18 février B. Monfort
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Friday, Jan. 28, 1pm-2pm, ZOOM, Americanists Abroad Virtual Book Launch- Xine Yao & Gordon Fraser

A19 thanks J. Michelle Coghlan, founder of C19 Americanists Abroad, to invite us to join this first Virtual Book Launch with

Xine Yao (UCL)– Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth Century America (Duke UP, 2021)

and

 Gordon Fraser (Univ. of Manchester), Star Territory : Printing the Universe in Nineteenth-Century America (U of Pennsylvania P, 2021).

 

Here is the link to the Dropbox folder with copies of Xine and Gordon’s introductions: 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rp8qeifg7ffe8y9/AAASfw5vXtbyPTJ7HTPqPyJ5a?dl=0

And here is the Zoom link for this event:

Topic: Americanists Abroad Virtual Book Launch (Yao/Fraser)

Time: Jan 28, 2022 12:00 PM London

 

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Transcendentalist Women in Conversation: Margaret Fuller, Sophia Ripley, and “Woman”

The seminar will ONLINE only. The zoom link is below.

Friday January 21, 2pm-4pm. ODG 340/zoom.

 A19 invites Alice de Galzain (University of Edinburgh). Her paper is entitled :

Thomas Constantinesco (Sorbonne U.) will be discussant.

 Abstract: This paper focuses on Sophia Ripley’s 1841 article “Woman,” which was published in the Dial two years before Margaret Fuller’s “The Great Lawsuit. Man Versus Men. Woman Versus Women” appeared in the same publication. Originally written as homework for one of Fuller’s Boston Conversations (1839-1844), Ripley’s plea in favor of women’s right to education perfectly epitomizes the polyphonic nature of feminist social advances in antebellum America. Inspired by Fuller’s feminist reinterpretation of William Ellery Channing’s concept of “self-culture,” viewing education as a means to improve woman’s condition, Ripley’s text debunks the concept of “separate spheres” and urges readers to consider women as intellectual beings rather than through the prism of the idealized, unrealistic “muse”. Inscribing Ripley’s article as part of the feminist stride of the Transcendental movement, I will illustrate the similarities between Ripley’s argument, Fuller’s, and that of other women Transcendentalists, while also confronting it with what Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote on the subject.

Alice de Galzain is a Ph.D. student at the University of Edinburgh. Brought up in a bilingual environment in Europe, she has studied and lived in many different countries, including France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States – which has played a defining role in her transnational approach to literary works. In 2017, she graduated with distinctions from the University of Edinburgh, where she completed a Master of Science in United States literature. Specialized in nineteenth-century U.S. literature, Alice’s research interests include Transcendentalism, transnational writing, abolitionism, and women’s studies. After writing her Master’s dissertation on Ralph Waldo Emerson and Thomas Carlyle’s epistolary friendship and their differences over the abolition of slavery, she is now focusing her research on the relationship between Emerson and Margaret Fuller. In particular, she plans to explore explore how both Emerson’s and Fuller’s Transcendentalist reimagining of the role and status of American women led to a redefinition of the American nation. 

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Sujet : A19- Transcendentalist Women in Conversation

Heure : 21 janv. 2022 02:00 PM Paris

 

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Friday 10 December 2021, 2pm-4pm (zoom + OdG358): Michael Jonik (University of Sussex) “A Dictionary of the Indian Languages”: Thoreau’s Ecopoetic Ethnobotany”- respondent: Antoine Traisnel (U. of Michigan)- POSTPONED- March 18th, 2022

Abstract:

At the end of his Maine Woods, Thoreau adds a brief “Appendix” containing plant and animal names (including Latin nomenclature and common English names), advice for those who would “outfit” an excursion upriver in Maine, and a “List of Indian Words.” The latter list relates primarily to place names or to geographical or topographical features of the Penobscot valley, and signals Thoreau’s diverse yet intense interests in cartography and toponymy, geology and hydrodynamics, botany and zoology, anthropology and Colonial history, and, indeed, philology and poetics. Thoreau had compiled this multilingual list of words from the Abenaki language from a variety of sources, including Sébastien Rasles’s A Dictionary of the Abnaki Language, in North America (which translated Abenaki into French), Willamson’s History of Maine, and words he learned directly from his Penobscot guides (especially Joe Polis) during his three excursions recounted in “Ktaadn,” “Chesuncook,” and “The Allegash and the East Branch.” In this presentation, I explore his increasing intimacy with Native American understandings of the environment, epistemologies, cultures and lifeways: an eco-political phronesis outside white liberal knowledge structures, or what he calls in “Walking” a “more perfect Indian wisdom.” He celebrates this new intimacy with the natural world that Native American words offer him in his journal on March 5, 1858: “A dictionary of the Indian Languages reveals another and wholly new life to us. … It reveals to me a life within a life” (March 5, 1858). Building on such moments, this paper investigates the implications of Thoreau’s inclusion of Indigenous languages in his writings, especially his use of Abenaki words The Maine Woods, as well as instances from his journals and selections from his “Indian Notebooks.” My contention here is that Thoreau’s increasingly sensitive inclusion of Abenaki words across his three excursions recounted in The Maine Woods indicates a shift away from a Romantic tropology of Native Americans as primitive and vanquished in his thinking. Instead, Thoreau uses words as a means to engage a living Indigenous population and to discern a more vibrant and intimate relational ontology of plant and animal life previously foreclosed to him. At the same time, Thoreau’s interleaving of Indigenous languages into his writing does not happen separately from that of the Latin taxa or French words that often appear in his texts, but rather creates a dynamic, multilingual palimpsest of his ecopoetical experiences.  

Michael Jonik is Senior Lecturer in English and American Literature (English and American Studies), Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange (School of Media, Arts and Humanities) at Sussex University. 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, and was a fellow at the Institut d’études avancées de Paris. He is founding member of The British Association of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (BrANCA), and Reviews and Special Issues editor for the journal Textual Practice

Antoine Traisnel is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and English at the University of Michigan. He holds doctorates in American Literature from Université Lille 3 (2009) and Comparative Literature from Brown University (2013). His published books, essays, and translations span the fields of American, French, and German Literature; critical and literary theory; biopolitics and ecocriticism. He is author of: Capture: American Pursuits and the Making of a New Animal Condition (U Minnesota Press, 2020); Donner le change: L’impensé animal (Hermann, 2016), co-written with Thangam Ravindranathan; Hawthorne: Blasted Allegories (Aux Forges de Vulcain, 2015). He is the translator of Sheppard Lee (Aux Forges de Vulcain, 2017). His recent and current research examines cultural and literary works through the lens of biocapitalism and extinction. It explores the historical, aesthetic, and philosophical footholds of the administration of life, concerns made all the more urgent in our present of escalating necropolitical and environmental crises. He co-leads the Critical Futures Project, a research collective that explores theoretical methods for addressing the new urgency of climate change under digital and racial capitalism.