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.