19th-Century French at 2020 MLA + meetup

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    Elizabeth N. Emery

    Bonne année!

    If you are attending this week’s MLA Convention in Seattle, please feel free to join forum delegates and other 19th-century colleagues at the Friday night cash bar co-hosted by Women in French, which has organized a number of 19th-century sessions.

    Jan 10, 2020, 7:15 PM–8:30 PM (Sheraton – Metropolitan B)

    1. Cash Bar Arranged by the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages, Feministas Unidas, Women in French, GL/Q Caucus for the Modern Languages, and Women in German


    You’ll also find below a sampling of nineteenth-century French topics with apologies for any presentations missed in a cursory scan of the program. Feel free to add to the list!

    Jan. 9, 2020, 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM WSCC – 4C 1

    144. Rethinking Cosmopolitanism across the Nineteenth Century

    “Translation, Universality, and the Nation in Madame de Staël’s ‘De l’esprit des traductions,’ ” Trevor Sanders, U of California, Berkeley

    “Toward a Nontheistic Poetics/ Ethics of Cosmopolitanism: Shelley, Whitman, Nietzsche,” Florian Zappe, U of Göttingen

    “ ‘It Was Only Because I Was Radically Both’: Fin de Siècle Doppelgängers and the New British Cosmopolitanism,” Whitney May, Texas State U

    “Suspicious Cosmopolitans from England to Russia,” Aleksandar Stevic

    Presider: Aleksandar Stevic, Qatar U

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    Jan. 9, 2020, 7:00–8:15 PM, WSCC – 618

    1. Oscar Wilde in Parisian Archives: Epigrams, Letters, and Journalism

    “Wilde’s French Epigrams,” Rebecca N. Mitch-ell, U of Birmingham

    “Fandom and Forgery in Oscar Wilde’s Letters to Sarah Bernhardt,” Gregory Mackie, U of British Columbia, Vancouver

    “The Wilde Trials and Transnational French Journalism,” Colette Colligan, Simon Fraser U

    Presider: Kristin Mahoney, Michigan State U 

    Jan 10, 2020, 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM   WSCC – 616

    1. Sino-French Exchanges in the Long Nineteenth Century

    Orphans of China? Nineteenth-Century French Sinological Translations and the Canon of Chinese Drama. Josh Stenberg, U of Sydney

    Folklorists, Poets, and Sinologists in the Fin de Siècle French Study of Chinese Popular Traditions. Ke Ren, C of the Holy Cross

    Paris by Way of the Moon: Lu Xun, Jules Verne, and the Transnational Community of Science Fiction. Robert Moore, U of Oregon

    George Soulié de Morant’s Adaptation of Jin Ping Mei. Gloria Bien, Colgate U

    Presiders: Elizabeth Emery and Géraldine Fiss 

    Jan 10, 2020, 5:15 PM–6:30 PM (WSCC – 212)

    1. George Sand’s Humanistic Pedagogy (George Sand Association)

    From Objects to Angels: A Failed Pedagogy on How to Be Human in Leone Leoni. Rachel Corkle, Borough of Manhattan Community C, City U of New York

    Practice What We Teach: Sand, Spivak, and Deconstructive Pedagogy. Sarah Le Pichon, U of Texas, Austin

    Humaniser par le théâtre: George Sand et le courant humanitaire français. Olivier Bara, U Lyon 2

    Presider: Catherine Masson, Wellesley C

    Jan 10, 2020, 7:15 PM–8:30 PM (Sheraton – Metropolitan B)

    1. Cash Bar Arranged by the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages, Feministas Unidas, Women in French, GL/Q Caucus for the Modern Languages, and Women in German


    Jan 11, 2020, 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM (WSCC – Yakima 2)

    1. The Sociology of French Culture: In Honor of Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

    Speakers: Cheryl Ainley Morgan, Hamilton C, Priya Wadhera, Adelphi U, Cary Hollinshead-Strick, American U of Paris, Geoffrey Turnovsky, U of Washington, Seattle, Anthony Glinoer, U of Sherbrooke, John Edward Westbrook, Bucknell U Respondent: Carolyn Jane Betensky, U of Rhode IslandPresider: Susan Elizabeth Hiner, Vassar C

    Jan. 12 , 2020, 8:30-9:45 AM WSCC – Chelan 5

    1. The Great Derailment: Railway, Speed, and Accidents at the Crossroads of Modernity

    “Where Is Humanity Headed? Reflections on Railways and Speed in the Nineteenth- Century French Context,” Aimée Marie- Carmen Boutin, Florida State U

    “ ‘Screaming like a Banshee’: The Affects of the Train Whistle and the Doppler Shift,” John Schranck, U of California, Santa Barbara

    “Several Ways to Die by Train: The Railroad Dispositif, Accidental Identities, and the European Novel,” Ana Ilievska, U of Chicago

    Presider: Xingyue Zhou, Southern U of Science and Tech.   

    Jan 12, 2020, 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM (WSCC – Yakima 2)

    “All Is True”: Truth from Balzac to Sand

    Orientalist Truth in Honoré de Balzac’s La peau de chagrin and Voyage de Paris à Java. Michelle Lee, New York U

    ‘Jouer le Naturel’: Balzac and Company before Realism. Maria Beliaeva Solomon, New York U

    Red Herrings in Gaboriau’s L’affaire Lerouge. Francoise Belot, U of Puget Sound

    Presider: Elizabeth N. Emery, Montclair State U

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