What does literature do?: Rencontres autour de Alain Viala

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Le Temps des cerises, 2022; Graphics: Dugudus

Convened by Jess Goodman (Oxford), Simon Park (Oxford), Marine Roussillon (Artois), Gemma Tidman (QMUL), and Kate Tunstall (Oxford).

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Roundtable & Book Launch: L’Adhésion littéraire/Attachments to Literature:
4 – 5.30pm,
Thursday 22 September 2022

For the posthumous publication of Alain Viala’s L’Adhésion littéraire (Paris: Le Temps des cérises, 2022)

Chair: Wes Williams (Oxford)
Speakers: Andrew Counter (Oxford), Stéphanie Loncle (Caen-Normandie), Dinah Ribard (EHESS), André Petitjean (Lorraine-Metz)

Drinks reception: 5.30 – 6.45pm


International Colloquium: What does literature do?
9.15 am – 5.30 pm, Friday 23 September 2022

Welcome: 9.15am

Panel 1: 9.30 – 11am: Literature and Politics

Chair: Emma Claussen (Cambridge)
Speakers: Alice Roullière (Oxford), Marine Roussillon (Artois), Léo Stambul (Paul Valéry-Montpellier)

BREAK: 11 – 11.30am

Panel 2: 11.30am – 1pm: Constructing the Field: Acts of Authorship

Chair: Helena Taylor (Exeter)
Speakers: Jess Goodman (Oxford), Flavie Kerautret (Paris–Nanterre), Christophe Schuwey (Yale)

LUNCH: 1 – 2pm

Panel 3: 2 – 3.30pm : Literature in Society

Chair: Annalisa Nicholson (Oxford)
Speakers: Mathilde Bombart (Versailles–St-Quentin-en-Yvelines), Neil Kenny (Oxford), Simon Park (Oxford)

BREAK: 3.30 – 4pm

Panel 4: 4 – 5.30pm: Constructing the Field: Acts of Readership

Chair: Nina Mueggler (Fribourg, Switzerland)
Speakers: Cécile Rabot (Paris-Nanterre), Gemma Tidman (QMUL), Geoffrey Turnovsky (Washington)


Conference kindly supported by:

Institute of Modern Languages Research
Lady Margaret Hall
Maison Française d’Oxford
Modern Humanities Research Association
New College, Oxford
Queen Mary, University of London
Society for French Studies
Textes et Cultures, Université d’Artois

Société d’étude du XVIIe siècle