Virginia Woolf and the Writing of History

Date : 8-9 novembre 2018
Horaire : 09h00-18h30
Lieu : Maison de l'Université | Mont-Saint-Aignan

With the collaboration of the University of Picardie – Jules Verne and the Société d’Etudes Woolfiennes

Thursday, November 8th2018

09.00-09.45Conference opening

09.45-10.45 Keynote Speaker: Seamus O’Malley (Yeshiva University, New York), Virginia Woolf and Populist History: The Rhythms of The People

10.45-11.00 – Coffee break

Plenary session  Virginia Woolf and Past Historiographical Traditions

Chair: Jane de Gay

11.00-11.30 – Eleanor McNees (University of Denver), Fracturing History: Reconfiguring Genre in The Yearsand Between the Acts

11.30-12.00 – Marie Laniel (Université de Picardie), A “singular camera lucida”: Optics as Historiographical Paradigm from   Thomas Carlyle to Virginia Woolf

12.00-12h30 – Anne Reus (Leeds Trinity University), Rewriting Literary History: Virginia Woolf and Mary Russell Mitford

12.30-14.00 – Lunch (Maison de l’Université)

Plenary session Feminist Revisions of History

Chair: Marie Laniel

14.00-14.30Anne Besnault (Université de Rouen Normandie), The Unrecorded and the Unthought in Virginia Woolf’s Unwritten Literary History

14.30-15.00 – Helen Southworth (University of Oregon), Virginia Woolf’s “Lives of the Obscure” and the Writing of History

15.00-15.30 – Valérie Favre (Université Lumière Lyon 2), From Women’s History to Gender History? Re-Reading (Literary) History in A  Room of One’s Own

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break

Plenary session Archives and New Historiographies

Chair : Anne-Marie Smith-Di Biasio

16.00-16.30 – Adèle Cassigneul (Université Toulouse-Jean-Jaurès), Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House Albums, “life finally uncovered and clarified”    (Proust)

16.30-17.00 – Kuo Chia-Chen (Tamkang University, Taiwan), Photography and Virginia Woolf’s Fictional Writing as Historical Testimony

17.00-17.30 – Holly Henry (California State University), Woolf Thinking through the Paleolithic Past

17.30-18.00 – Jane de Gay (Leeds Trinity University), The Past, the Present and the Lessons of History: Virginia Woolf’s Feminist Historiographical Method in Three Guineas

Conference Dinner

Friday, November 9th2018

Plenary session Belated Temporality

Chair: Anne Besnault

09.00-9.30 – Anne-Marie Smith-Di Biasio (Institut Catholique de Paris), The Shadow of History: Becoming Historical or Virginia Woolf’s Dreaming the Past Awake

09.30-10.00 – Olivier Hercend (Université Paris-Sorbonne), The Common Historian: On the Praxisof Reading the Past in Virginia Woolf’s   The Common Reader

10.00-10.30 – Nell Wasserstrom (Boston College), “Surely it is time someone invented a new plot”: Performativity and Belatedness in Between the Acts

10.30-11.00 – Coffee Break

Plenary session Non-Human Historiography

Chair: Catherine Bernard

11.00-11.30 – Catherine Lanone (Université Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle), Challenging Cenotaphs: Woolf and the Theory of Absent Bodies

11.30-12.00 – Paromita Patranobish (University of Delhi), “Human history is defrauded of a moment’s vision”: Virginia Woolf’s Non-Human Historiography

12.00-12.30 – Thaine Stearns (Sonoma State University), “The house was empty”: Woolf’s Inanimate Histories

12.30-14.00 – Lunch (Maison de l’Université)

14.00-15.00 – Keynote Speaker: Prof. Anna Snaith (King’s College, London), Island Stories: Virginia Woolf and the Historiography of Empire

Plenary SessionModernist Times

Chair: Catherine Lanone

15.00-15.30 – Sam Waterman (University of Pennsylvania), “Suddenly there came a moment”: Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Adventure-Time

15.30-16.00 – Iva Dimovska (Central European University, Budapest), Queering Woolf’s Modernist Times

Plenary SessionNarratives of History

Chair: Floriane Reviron

16.00-16.30 – Alexandra Nica (Trinity College Dublin), Fact in Fiction: Virginia Woolf’s Approach to Constructing a Historical   Narrative in The Pargiters, a Novel-Essay

16.30-17.00 – Laurelyne Ramboz (Université Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle), Songs from the Past: The Role of Antiquity in Virginia Woolf’s Late Vision of History

17.00-17.30 Coffee break

17.30-18.30 – Keynote Speaker: Prof. Catherine Bernard (Université Paris Diderot), “The imagination is largely the child of the flesh”: Virginia Woolf’s Embodied Historicity

Scientific Committee 

  • Prof. Michael Bentley, University of St Andrews
  • Dr. Anne Besnault-Levita, Rouen Normandy University
  • Prof. Catherine Bernard, Paris Diderot University
  • Dr. Nicolas Boileau, University of Aix-Marseille
  • Prof. Melba Cuddy-Keane, University of Toronto
  • Prof. Claire Davison, University of Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle
  • Dr. Anne-Marie Di Biasio, Institut Catholique de Paris
  • Prof. Camille Fort, University of Picardie
  • Prof. Trevor Harris, University of Picardie
  • Dr. Marie Laniel, University of Picardie
  • Prof. Scott McCracken, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Dr. Caroline Pollentier, University of Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle
  • Dr. Floriane Reviron-Piégay, University of St Etienne
  • Dr. Angeliki Spiropoulou, University of the Peloponnese


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