Victorian Persistence

Posted on August 28, 2019

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:

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).


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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