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:

  1. theory/philosophy
  2. academic criticism
  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:

This seminar takes place at the Université Paris Diderot and 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 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.

Programme 2019-2020

  • 16 October 2019, 17h30: Dr. Sean Witters (University of Vermont), “The Murderous Mark of the Fiend’s Grasp”: Rebecca Massey, History, and the Iatrogenic Addiction Narrative”
  • 6 November 2019, 17h: JDr. esse Oak Taylor (University of Washington), “Unquiet Earth: Emily Brontë and the Intimacy of the Anthropocene”
  • 13 November 2019 17:15: Dr. Carmel Christy (Université de Delhi), ESS SESSION
  • 11 December 2019, 17h30: Dr. Céline Prest, “Charles Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers.” Respondent: Pr. Sara Thornton (University of Paris)
  • 5 February 2020, 17h30: Robert Ivermee (SOAS, University of London): “’A Most Capricious Waterway’: The Hooghly River and the limits of colonial power in British India”
  • April 2020: Dr. Julia Kuehn (Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong), “Travel writing and the novel form”


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