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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Reading Through Proust - International Postgraduate Conference

24th January 2014, 09:00 to 21:00, Institute of Advanced Study, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RL

Reading Through Proust", an international postgraduate conference at Durham University - 24 January 2014.

Supported by the Society for French Studies, Durham University, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

If you would like to attend please email and as soon as possible. Places are limited.



24 January 2014 - Cosin's Hall, Palace Green, Durham

9.00-9.15 Registration

9.15 Keynote: 'The Affect of Memory: Benjamin with Proust' Dr Katja Haustein, University of Kent
(Chair: Pauline Moret, Durham University)

10.00 Readers of Proust (Chair: Dr Marie-Claire Barnet, Durham University)

  • ‘Marcel Proust en Italie: À la recherche du temps perdu dans l’œuvre poétique de Vittorio Sereni et Attilio Bertolucci’ Cecilia Rossari (Université de Genève, Switzerland)
  • ‘Reading Proust with Hélène Cixous’ Victoria Richardson (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)

11.00 Coffee Break

11.20 Reading Literature Through Proust (Chair: Prof Lucille Cairns, Durham University)

  • ‘Proust comme intertexte à la lecture de Goethe’, Delphine Paon (Université Paris 13 - SCP, France)
  • ‘Proust, T. S. Eliot and The Criterion’, Nicoletta Asciuto (Durham University, United Kingdom)
  • ‘Forme et informe de Proust à W. G. Sebald’, Clara Dupuis-Morency (Université de Montréal, Canada)

13.00 Lunch Break

14.15 Second Keynote Dr Hannah Freed-Thall, Princeton University, title TBA
(Chair: Julia Caterina Hartley, University of Oxford)

15.00 Reading Other Artistic Genres (Chair: Prof Margaret Topping, Queen's University Belfast)

  • ‘Lire la musique, écrire la musique’, Yvonne Heckmann (Université de Caen/EPHE Paris, France)
  • À la recherche du temps perdu et les peintures impressionistes’, Jiani Fan (Université de Paris 3, France)
  • ‘Mad men, mad women: Seduction and social power in the modernist narration of the self, from À la recherche du temps perdu to slow burn tv narratives’ Raffaello Rossi (Bologna University, Italy)

16.30 Coffee Break

16.50 Ways of Reading (Chair: Prof Adam Watt, University of Exeter)

  • ‘Une question d’interprétation’, Béatrice Athias (Paris 7, France)
  • ‘Other People, Other Texts: Human Relations and Intertextuality in Proust’ Richard Mason (King’s College London, United Kingdom)
  • ‘Learning to see, learning to hear: How Proust makes us ethical readers’, Synne Ytre Arne (University of Bergen, Norway)

18.15 Discussion


19.30 Conference dinner

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