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HANADI AL-SAMMAN - The Articulation of Trauma in Arab Women's Diasporic Writings.
Hanadi al-Samman is an Assistant Professor of Arabic language and literature in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Literatures & Cultures (MESALC) at the University of Virginia. Her research interests range from contemporary Arabic literature, Islamic feminism, to gay representations in Arabic and diasporic literatures. Her upcoming book, Anxiety of Erasure: Trauma, Authorship, and the Diaspora in Arab Women's Narrative examines the literature of Arab women writers of the European and North American diaspora, and formulates a theory of Arab women's authorship influenced by Shahrazād's orality syndrome, anxiety of erasure, and the tradition of female infanticide. Please find more on Ms. al-Samman's profile webpage.
MEHR FAROOQI - Poetics of Exile and the Indian Sub-continent. [abstract]
Mehr Farooqui , Assistant Professor in the UVa Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Literature and Cultures. M. Farooqi grew up in north India, in a household where poets and writers became part of the family. She is specialized in the literary cultures of South Asia, especially in the Urdu language, literary culture and history of north India. The cultural conditions of creating texts, as well as the textual production of cultural meaning, are important aspects of literary history. Please find more on Ms. Farooqi's profile webpage.
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KATHRYN M. GROSSMAN - A Guidebook to Les Travailleurs de la mer: Hugo's ‘Channel Archipelago'. In presenting a reverse image of his absent homeland, Hugo's exotic preface to Toilers of the Sea (1866; Les Travailleurs de la mer) subtly orients the reader toward a political reading of the novel, which extends the shadow history of the Second Empire laid out in Les Misérables (1862). [abstract]
Kathryn M. Grossman, professor of French at Pennsylvania State University. Her research includes three books on Hugo: The Early Novels of Victor Hugo: Towards a Poetics of Harmony (Droz, 1986), Figuring Transcendence in Les Misérables: Hugo's Romantic Sublime (Southern Illinois UP, 1994), and a volume on Les Misérables in Twayne's Masterwork Studies series (Twayne-Macmillan, 1996). She has also co-edited Confrontations: Politics and Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century France (Rodopi, 2001) and published essays on such post-Revolutionary writers as Dickens, Orwell, Zamiatin, and George Sand and on the recycling of literary classics in other media. Her current work focuses on Hugo's later novels, as well as on the pedagogy of literature.
JEAN-MARC HOVASSE - Keynote Talk: Les trois exils de Victor Hugo. Souvent considéré comme un seul bloc, l'exil de Victor Hugo (1852-1870) se décompose en trois exils successifs (la Belgique, Jersey, Guernesey) qui ont chacun des rythmes et des modalités propres, causes politiques et conséquences littéraires mêlées dont il s'agira de relever les permanences et les variations. [abstract]
Jean-Marc Hovasse, the Director of the Centre d'études des correspondances et journaux intimes (a CNRS laboratory attached to the Université de Brest). He recently published his second volume of Hugo's biography, Victor Hugo, tome II, Pendant l'exil 1851-1864, Fayard, 1 280 pages. For more details about J-M. Hovasse's second volume on Hugo, read this article "Jean-Marc Hovasse raconte Hugo, son héros" published in December 08 in the French newspaper Ouest France.
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MARÍA-INÉS LAGOS - Remaking a Woman's Life: Isabel Allende's Paula and The Sum of the Days.
María-Inés Lagos, Professor of Spanish at the University of Virginia. Born in Santiago, Chile, she did her undergraduate work in Hispanic Literatures and Classics at the Catholic University of Valparaíso, and her M.A., and Ph.D. at Columbia University in New York. She serves in the editorial board of Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Nomadías (University of Chile), and South Atlantic Modern Language Association (2008-10). Her fields of concentration are Latin American narrative, Latin American women's fiction in the 20th century, and gender theory. She has authored and edited several books and published numerous articles. Please find more on Ms. Lagos' profile webpage.
FARZANEH MILANI - Iranian Women Writers in Diaspora.
Farzaneh Milani is Professor in the UVa Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Literature and Cultures and she is specialized in Persian Literature and Women's Studies. Please find more on Ms. Milani's profile webpage.
LAURENCE M. PORTER - Home away from Home: The Exile's Homage to Guernsey in Les Travailleurs de la Mer (1866). Developing some intersubjective dimensions of character theory, this essay examines how Hugo weaves a rich texture from the contrasting motifs of home and exile while preserving an equilibrium between veiled autofiction and allegory. [abstract]
Laurence M. Porter, Professor of French and Comparative Literature emeritus, Michigan State University. Laurence Porter received all three degrees from Harvard, and taught 19th and 20th-century French literature, Comparative Literature, Women's Studies, Francophone Studies, and Critical Theory at Michigan State University from 1963 to 2009, plus an Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Comparative Literature at the University of Pittsburgh. He serves on the Editorial or Advisory Boards of the French Review, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, and Women in French Studies. He has published fifteen books and about 120 articles or book chapters on every period of French literature and on several foreign literatures, including The Renaissance of the Lyric in French Romanticism, The Literary Dream in French Romanticism, The Crisis of French Symbolism, Women's Vision in Western Literature, ‘The Interpretation of Dreams: Freud's Theories Revisited, and a comprehensive book and several articles on Victor Hugo. He also writes an annual review article on critical theory for SubStance.
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ISABEL K. ROCHE - England, Real and Imagined in Hugo's L'Homme qui Rit. Dans cette intervention, nous examinerons la topographie de L'Homme qui rit pour en faire ressortir la manière dont les différentes dimensions de l'exil-géographique, psychologique, politique, parmi d'autres-y laissent leur trace. [abstract]
Isabel Roche is on the faculty of Bennington College (Bennington, Vermont, USA). She received a PhD in French literature from New York University in 2001, and has published articles in The French Review and French Forum. She also wrote the introduction and notes to Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera for the Barnes and Noble Classics series. Her book, Character and Meaning in the Novels of Victor Hugo, was published by Purdue University Press in 2007. Her research interests include the nineteenth-century French novel and French romanticism, and she is at present at work on a new project on the “literary animal” of the nineteenth century.
BILL VANDERWOLK - Victor Hugo's Ideology of Disorder. This talk will examine how Victor Hugo in exile became a counter-historian to the régime of Louis-Napoléon by espousing an ideology of disorder in which l'harmonie des contraires became a natural counterweight to the emperor's orderly society. [abstract]
Ph.D. (North Carolina) in French. I've been teaching French at Bowdoin College since 1984. Full professor since 1998. Named Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Professor of Modern Languages in 2007. Three books: Flaubert Remembers (1991), Memory, History and Fiction in the Novels of Patrick Modiano (1998), Victor Hugo in Exile (2006). Currently teaching half-time and serving the rest of the time as Associate Dean for Faculty Development.
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Quoi qu'il en fût, étant très pauvre et très âpre, et ayant fait dans un bois la connaissance d'Homo, le goût de la vie errante lui était venu. Il avait pris ce loup en commandite, et il s'en était allé avec lui par les chemins, vivant, à l'air libre, de la grande vie du hasard. Il avait beaucoup d'industrie et d'arrière-pensée et un grand art en toute chose pour guérir, opérer, tirer les gens de maladie, et accomplir des particularités surprenantes; il était considéré comme bon saltimbanque et bon médecin; il passait aussi, on le comprend, pour magicien; un peu, pas trop; car il était malsain à celle époque d'être cru ami du diable. A vrai dire, Ursus, par passion de pharmacie et amour des plantes, s'exposait, vu qu'il allait souvent cueillir des herbes dans les fourrés bourrus où sont les salades de Lucifer, et où l'on risque, comme l'a constaté le conseiller De l'Ancre, de rencontrer dans la brouée du soir un homme qui sort de terre, «borgne de l'oeil droit, sans manteau, l'épée