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Victorian Persistence

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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.

For more information on the Victorian Persistence seminar, including the schedule for the current and previous years, please visit our website :

Program 2018-2019

Location : Salle 347, Bâtiment Olympes-de-Gouges, Université Paris-Diderot

19 October 2018, 14h30 : Michèle Mendelssohn (University of Oxford),"Making Oscar Wilde". Joint session with the seminar A19.

7 November 2018 : Will Slauter (Université Paris Diderot), "Originals, Reproductions, and Artistic Copyright in Victorian Britain." Respondent : Pr. François Brunet (Université Paris Diderot).

20 February 2019 : Caroline Duvezin (Université de Nice), "Postcolonial Steampunk."Respondent : Sandeep Bakshi (Université Paris Diderot).

6 March 2019 : Julien Bazile (Université de Lorraine et Université de Sherbrooke), "Ecrire une histoire vidéoludique de la Caraïbe. Aux sources d’Assassin’s Creed : Black Flag."Joint session with the research group ‘Fictions historiques’ (whose parent project is Ecrire l’histoire depuis les marges). Respondent : Marie-Jeanne Rossignol (Université Paris Diderot).

3 April 2019 : Ludmila Toualbia (Université Paris Diderot) "Sens, négociation et oubli daRespondent : Dr. Pushpa Arabindoo, Senior Lecturer in Geography & Urban Design, Department of Geography University College Londonns les méandres urbains de Dickens et Rushdie".

15 May 2019 : Camille Martin-Payre (Université Paris Diderot) : "Dorian Gray Remediated : the workings of intermediality in The Picture of Dorian Gray and its adaptations, updates and rewritings". Respondent : Xavier Giudicelli (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne).

12 June 2019 : Richard Bates (University of Nottingham) : "Dutiful daughter to ’difficult’ woman : gender and home life in the case of Florence Nightingale".

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