School of English

Cross-Channel Modernisms Symposium

Launch event of a new cross-channel collaboration in modernist studies between the University of Kent, University of Glasgow and Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3.

Date: Saturday 4th April 2015, 9.30am – 6.30pm

Venue: University of Kent’s Paris Campus, Reid Hall, 4 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris


Welcome and Opening Remarks
Keynote Lecture 1: Jane Goldman (University of Glasgow)

‘Cross-Channel Modernisms and the Vicissitudes of a Laughing Torso: Nina Hamnett, Artist, Bohemian and Writer in Modernist Paris and London'


Chair: Catherine Lanone (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3)

Coffee Break

Postgraduate Panel 1: Sounds, Names, Forms


Chair: Claire Davison (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3)


Laurelyne Ramboz (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3): ‘Echoes Over Water: Cross-Channel Waves and Woolf’s Poetics of Sound’      


Laura Thiessen (University of Kent): ‘Renaming the World in Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons’


Emily Dye (University of Kent): ‘Stein, Toklas, Braque and Cubist Forms’


Short break


Postgraduate Panel 2: Women and Sexuality


Chair: Derek Ryan (University of Kent)


Jezabel Mansell (University of Kent): ‘Elizabeth Bowen’s Discreet Transgressions’


Elaine Chou (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3): ‘On (Not) Knowing Hope Mirrlees


Chrysoula Titi (University of Kent): ‘“The Beasts that Walk out of the Darkness Alone”: Seeking Spaces for Alternative Sexualities in Nightwood

Lunch and Planning Meeting
Keynote Lecture 2: Claire Davison (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3)
‘On Unknowing French? Rythme and Rhythm on a Cross-Channel Exchange’
Coffee Break
Panel: Crossings, Departures, Mediations
Chair: Derek Ryan (University of Kent)
Caroline Pollentier (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3): ‘Cross-Channel Flânerie and Trans-Species Crossings’
Naomi Toth (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre): ‘Betray to Become: Departure in Joyce’s Early Work’
Lauren Elkin (American University of Paris): ‘Across the Other Channel: Elizabeth Bowen and Modernist Mediation’
Short break
Keynote Lecture 3: Vassiliki Kolocotroni (University of Glasgow)

‘“Imagine being a poet in a world like this!”: Jean Rhys’s Perverse Paris Idyll’

Chair: Isabelle Alfandary (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3)
Closing remarks followed by a wine reception sponsored by Edinburgh University Press.

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Last Updated: 23/03/2015