Programme: Victorian Persistence: Persistence in/of Victorian Literature and Culture

Programme: Victorian Persistence: Persistence in/of Victorian Literature and Culture

A one-day postgraduate conference,Friday, 7 December 2012, Université Paris Diderot 

The life of the past persisting in us, is the business of every thinking man and woman. (AS Byatt)

9.00: Registration, welcome, plenary address by Professor Sara Thornton

9.30-10.30: Panel 1: Time for a hundred visions and revisions.

Chair: Professor Catherine Lanone (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)

–          Isabelle Roblin (Université du Littoral-Côte d’Opale): ‘Rewritings as Re-visions’

–          Owen Holland (University of Cambridge): ‘News from Nowhere and the Roads Not Taken’

10.30-11.00: … Before the taking of a toast and tea: Tea break

11.00-12.30: Panel 2: Time future contained in time Past.

Chair: Dr Caroline Pollentier (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)

–          Nicolas Pottier Casado (University of Oslo): ‘“The Nineteenth Century Going to Bed”: Victorian Mothers Haunting Virginia Woolf´s The Years (1937)’

–          Christopher Yiannitsaros (University of Warwick): ‘A “sensible, shrewed, Victorian mind”?: Re-examining Agatha Christie’s late- / neo- / anti-Victorianism’

–          Clare Walker Gore (University of Cambridge): ‘“Am I Really Deformed?”: The Social Model of Disability in Victorian Popular Fiction’

12h30-14h30: Lunch break. Enoteca, 25 rue Charles V.

14.30-16.00: Panel 3: Other echoes Inhabit the garden. Shall we follow?

Chair: Professor Paul Volsik (Université Paris Diderot)

–          Mark Fitzpatrick (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3), ‘“Where go the boats?” – Nostalgia and Adventure in the Work of Robert Louis Stevenson.’ 

–          Carey Gibbons, (Courtauld Institute of Arts), ‘George MacDonald’s At the Back of the North Wind

–          Rachel Anchor, (University of Leicester and the National Army Museum): ‘Charged Encounters: The Enduring Appeal of the “Noble Six Hundred”’

16.00-16.30: Tea break

16.30-18.00: Keynote addresses

–          Professor Juliet John (Royal Holloway, University of London): ‘Dickens and Modernity’

–          Professor Jeremy Tambling (University of Manchester): ‘Dickens’s Persistent Roman’

18.00-20.00: Cocktail reception

The conference will take place in room A50 at the UFR d’Etudes Anglophones Charles V, 10 rue Charles V, 75004 Paris (métro: Bastille, Sully Morland or Saint-Paul). Access is free and all are welcome.

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