“Artificial Life: The Cold Chain and Dracula’s Logistical Network.”, Pr. Susan Zieger (University of California, Riverside) – Victorian Persitence Seminar

Posted on January 25, 2022

25 January 2022 - 17 h 30 min - 19 h 30 min

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:

  • theory/philosophy
  • academic criticism
  • 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.

Seminar website:

For more information on the Victorian Persistence seminar, including the schedule for the current and previous years, please visit our website: https://victorianpersistence.wordpress.com/.

Supervised by:

This seminar is supervised by Professor Sara Thornton.

It is part of the Boundaries of Literature pathway within the LARCA research group (UMR 8225 du CNRS).


Programm 2021-2022

  • 17 novembre 2021: Dr. Charlotte Arnautou (Paris Dauphine – PSL): “Chesterton penseur critique de la culture de masse ?” (ODG, salle 202). Respondent: Pr. Sara Thornton (Université de Paris – LARCA)
  • 25 January 2022: Pr. Susan Zieger (University of California, Riverside): “Artificial Life: The Cold Chain and Dracula’s Logistical Network.”
  • 15 February 2022: Dr. Jolene Zigarovich (University of Northern Iowa): “Missing, Abandoned, and in Legal Limbo: Victorian Presumption of Death Laws and the Novel.” Respondent: Dr. Stéphanie Prévost (Université de Paris – LARCA)
  • 14 Avril 2022: Dr. Emilie Dardenne (Université de Bretagne Occidentale): « Animal Studies de l’ère victorienne à nos jours : histoire des idées, études critiques, épistémologie ». Avec la traverse Humanités Environnementales.


For further information, contact Róisín Quinn-Lautrefin (), Estelle Murail (), Clémence Folléa (), or Sandeep Bakshi, ().

The seminar usually takes place at Université de Paris once a month at 5.30 pm at the following address:

Bâtiment “Olympe-de-Gouges”, salle 347, 8 place Paul-Ricoeur, 75013, métro/RER Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand.


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