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Proustian Afterlives


Event Date: 26 May 2010, 2.30 to 6.45 pm
To be held at: Royal Holloway, University of London Room: International Building 032

Session 1

  • Welcome and Introduction .
  • Cynthia Gamble (Lancaster University), – Marcel, Maman and a Manuscript: Anatomy of a Folio of La Bible d’Amiens – (AUDIO HERE)
  • Áine Larkin (RHUL), Playing on the Nerves: Performances Musical and Sexual in Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu – (AUDIO HERE)
  • Adam Watt (RHUL), Polymorphous Proust – (AUDIO HERE)

Session 2

Film: Fantasme (2006) by Candida Romero


  • David Ellison (University of Miami), Proust: Translation, Metaphor/Metamorphosis, Uncanniness –  (AUDIO HERE)
  • Table ronde, with all speakers .
  • Concluding Discussion .


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The speakers:

David Ellison is Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of Miami. His areas of interest for research and teaching are: French literature of the 19th and 20th centuries; narrative and narratology; German-French literary relations; literature and philosophy; Marcel Proust. He is the author of The Reading of Proust (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984), Understanding Albert Camus (The University of South Carolina Press, 1990), Of Words and the World: Referential Anxiety in Contemporary French Fiction (Princeton University Press, 1993), and Ethics and Aesthetics in European Modernist Literature: From the Sublime to the Uncanny (Cambridge University Press, 2001 hardback, 2006 paperback). He has published articles and essays on nineteenth-century French poetry and on the realist and modernist European novel in a comparative perspective. With his colleague Ralph Heyndels he has edited volumes on Victor Hugo and Arthur Rimbaud. His latest book, A Reader’s Guide to Proust’s ‘In Search of Lost Time’, has recently been published by Cambridge University Press.

Cynthia Gamble is a visiting Fellow of The Ruskin Library and Research Centre, Lancaster University, and Vice-Chairman of the Ruskin Society. She is the author of Proust as Interpreter of Ruskin: The Seven Lamps of Translation (Summa Publications, 2002) and John Ruskin, Henry James and the Shropshire Lads (New European Publications, 2008), a work that was inspired by her Shropshire heritage. She has co-authored many works on Anglo-French cross currents such as ‘A Perpetual Paradis’: Ruskin’s Northern France (Lancaster University, 2002) and Ruskin-Turner. Dessins et voyages en Picardie romantique (Musée de Picardie, Amiens, 2003). She contributed 14 entries to the Dictionnaire Marcel Proust (Honoré Champion, 2004), a work that was awarded the prestigious Prix Émile Faguet de l’Académie Française.

Áine Larkin is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied English and French literature. In 2001 she took up the Vincenette et Claude Pichois PhD Studentship in the Department of French at TCD. Her doctoral research explored the assimilation of photography into late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French literature, and her doctoral thesis concerned the thematic and figurative appropriation of photographic motifs by Marcel Proust in the writing of his novel À la recherche du temps perdu. In 2008 she was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Together with text/image relations, her research interests include contemporary women writers in French, literature and medicine, and the literary representation of music and dance.

Adam Watt is Lecturer in French at Royal Holloway, University of London. He did his undergraduate and postgraduate work at the University of Oxford where his DPhil thesis was supervised by Malcolm Bowie. He is author of Reading in Proust’s A la recherche: ‘le délire de la lecture’ (Oxford University Press, 2009) and editor of Le Temps retrouvé Eighty Years After/80 ans après: Critical Essays/Essais critiques (Peter Lang, 2009), a collection of essays stemming from a major international conference he organised in December 2007. His next book, The Cambridge Introduction to Marcel Proust (Cambridge University Press) is due to appear in December 2010. He is currently writing a volume on Marcel Proust for the Reaktion Books ‘Critical Lives’ Series.

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