Which writers are remembered or not in neo-Victorian fiction? Who is remembered and what is remembered, obliterated or mis-remembered about Victorian Authors? Is the focus on their activity as writer or/an on their private lives? How are these writers turned into characters? Such are some of the questions this conference will address in relation with the politics and revisionaryaims of the neo-Victorian project. 

Quels sont les auteurs que la fiction néo-victorienne se remémore?Pour quelles raisons ? De qui et de quoi se souvient-on ? Qu’a-t-on omis et/ou modifié à leur sujet ? L’intérêt porte-t-il sur la carrière de l’auteur et/ou sur sa vie privée ? Comment ces auteurs deviennent-ils auxquelles nous tenterons de répondre en gardant en mémoire le phénomène de«re-vision » (Rich) qui sous-tend l’agenda politique qui anime souvent le projet néo-victorien. 

08:45-09:00 Registration

Female writers and authorship

Chair: Armelle Parey (Université de Caen Normandie)

09:00-10:00: PANEL 1
Isabelle Roblin (Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale)

“Alison Case’s Nelly Dean (2016): the (re)Writing of Wuthering Heights.”

Lucy Sheermann (Institute of Continuing Education, Cambridge)
“Seeking correspondence through possessions: the Brontës’ lives and stories in Deborah Lutz’s The Brontë Cabinet and Catherine Lowell’s The Madwoman Upstairs

Lilia Louati (Université Toulouse II Jean Jaurès)
“Female Authorship as Theft: Female Prometheus Figures in Fingersmith(2002)”

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-11:35: PANEL 2

Rosario Arias (Universidad de Malagà)
“Neo-Victorian Orientations towards the Fictional Writer: Jane Harris’s The Observations

Georges Letissier (Université de Nantes)
Searching for the “Oedipal ogre”, the Tantalising Figure of the Writer in Patricia Duncker’s Fiction Writing, From Hallucinating Foucault to Sophie and the Sybil

11:35-12:35 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Patricia Duncker (Manchester university)

“Fan Fictions: Nineteenth Century Writers in Twenty-First Century Disguise”

12:35-14:15 Lunch on campus (“Restaurant Universitaire A”)


Other forms of authorship and New Afterlives

Chair: Charlotte Wadoux (Université Paris 3)

14:30-16:00: PANEL 3

Adrian Grafe (Université d’Artois)
“ ‘Burning Disorderly Divine’: The Figure of the Poet in Adam Foulds’ The Quickening Maze and Ron Hansen’s Exiles

Chris Louttit (Radboud University)
“‘Victorian Journalist of Genius’? Henry Mayhew as Character in Neo-Victorian Fiction and Drama”

Julie Depriester (Université d’Artois)
“‘Better left unsaid’: Debunking the Myth of the Author in Somerset Maugham’sCakes and Ale

16:00-16:15 Coffee break

16:15-17:15: PANEL 4

Lucía Prada (Universidad de Oviedo)
“From Professor Dodgson to Great Uncle Mortimer: The Afterlife of Lewis Carroll and his Character in Steampunk Novel Automated Alice

Jaine Chemmachery (Université Paris-Dauphine)
“ ‘Vaguely Historical, Loosely Literary, Stupidly Smart Comedy’ ”: DiscussingEdgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party (2016)”

17:15-17:30 CLOSING WORDS :

Anca Cristofovici (Director of the Center for Cultural Memory Studies (ERIBIA), Université de Caen Normandie)