Bare lives: Dispossession and Exposure in 20th and 21st Centuries British Literature and Visual Arts

The 2016 SEAC Conference – Convened by EMMA

University Paul‐Valéry Montpellier Site St Charles – October 21st & 22nd, 2016

Friday 21 October

9. 00: Welcome
Opening of the conference

9. 30: Caroline Pollentier (University Paris 3‐Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Touching Untouchability: Haptic Aporias in E. M. Forster, Mulk Raj Anand, and Jacques Derrida

10. 00: Leila Haghshenas (University Paul‐Valéry Montpellier, EMMA)

Excavating ‘Bare Lives’ in Leonard Woolf’s Short Stories

10. 30: Xavier Le Brun (University Paul‐Valéry Montpellier, EMMA)

‘Ourselves’, Bare Life and the Lifeworld: Exposure as Communion and Repossession in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts

11. 00: Coffee break

11.30: Keynote lecture
Stephen Ross (University of Victoria, B.C., Canada) The Secret Agency of Dispossession


12.30: Buffet lunch in St Charles


14.00: Laura Lainväe (University Paul‐Valéry Montpellier, EMMA)

Bowen’s Revealed Bodies: Exposure and Dispossession in The Heat of the Day

 14.30: Elise Brault‐Dreux (University of Valenciennes)

Exposing Bare Lives in Philip Larkin’s ‘Ambulances’ (1964) and ‘The Building’ (1974)

15.00: Adeline Arniac (University Paul‐Valéry Montpellier, EMMA)
‘I was simply obeying the law of the body’: Dispossession and Exposure of the Vulnerable Body in Harold Pinter’s A Kind of Alaska

15.30: Coffee break

16.00: Alice Braun (University Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense)
‘A compound fenced off from the rest of the world’: Motherhood as the Stripping of One’s Self in Rachel Cusk’s A Life’s Work.

16.30: Catherine Rovera (University Paris‐Dauphine, ITEM)

Unclaimed Bodies, Feeble Minds: Anna Hope’s Voices from the Asylum

17.00: Catherine Bernard (University Denis Diderot‐Paris 7)
The Barest of Lives: Looking at War from the Heart of Things in Harry Parker’s Anatomy of a Soldier (2006)

19.45: Dinner in town


Saturday 22 October

9.00: June Pham (University Paris‐Sorbonne)

Have I None – ‘I’d Kill You Both Before I Let Anyone Hurt You’: The Ethics of Loss in Contemporary British Dystopian Plays

9.30: Sylvie Maurel (Université Toulouse 2 Jean‐Jaurès)

Representing Precarious Lives in ‘Raw Material’ by A.S. Byatt

10.00: Mari‐José Yebra (University of Zaragoza)
Be(com)ing Dispossessed Now and Then: Naomi Alderman’s The Liars’ Gospels

10.30: Coffee break

11.00: Alexandre Privat (University Paul‐Valéry Montpellier, EMMA)

Bare Life and the Politics of Memory in Adam Thorpe’s Ulverton

11.30: Georges Letissier (University of Nantes)
Voicing Inarticulate Childhoods in Troubled Times: Barry Hines’s A Kestrel for a Knave, James Kelman’s Kieron Smith Boy and Stephen Kelman’s Pigeon English.

12.00: Buffet Lunch in St Charles

13.30 Valérie Morisson (University of Bourgogne)

14.00: Bastien Goursaud (University Paris-Sorbonne)
A “miraculous fragility”: Male Vulnerability in Andrew McMillan’s Physical

14.30: Pascale Tollance (University Lyon 2)
Dispossession and Dis-location in J.M. Coetzee’s Age of Iron

15.00: Coffee break

15.30: Carole Sweeney (Goldsmith College, University of London)
Bare Life, Precarious London: Dreams of a Life (dir. Carol Morley 2011) and Zadie Smith’s The Embassy of Cambodia

16.00: Catherine Lanone (University Paris3-Sorbonne nouvelle)

Black House, Badminton and Bare Lives: Recording the Margins in Zadie Smith’s NW and ‘The Embassy of Cambodia’