Early Modern French Conference, 2017

11-13th September 2017, Durham Castle, UK

'Modernity and its Discontents'
« Malaise(s) dans la modernité »

Early Modern French Conference

Durham Castle - SEMFS Conference venue 2017The Society for Early Modern French Studies’ 40th Annual Conference will be held at Durham Castle on 11-13th September 2017.

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The theme this year is ‘Modernity and its Discontents’.  The Programme for the conference will be as follows:

Monday 11 September

 14.15              Arrival and Registration    

14.45               Welcome, Richard Parish, Chairman of the Society 

Session 1:      Cécile TRESFELS (Stanford University): Remembering the Past, Apprehending the Future: Fear and Knowledge in Marguerite de Valois’ Memoirs

John O’BRIEN (Durham University): Modernity, the Dispassionate Historian and the Reader in Agrippa d’Aubigné’s Histoire Universelle

Session 2:       Alice ROULLIÈRE (Trinity Hall, Cambridge): Ronsard and the ghost of Astyanax 

Anthony BRUDER (King’s College, Cambridge) Counter-Cultural Poetics in the Recueil of Claude Fauchet

Rowan TOMLINSON (University of Bristol): ‘Escrivons tous, sçavans et non sçavans’: the profession of writing, social status, and ideals of style in the vernacular Republic of Letters (1556-1621)


Tuesday 12 September  

Session 3:      William McKENZIE (Durham University): ‘Un fond […] limonneux et poisant’ (or) How Montaigne muddies the pool of modern narcissism

Adam HORSLEY (University of Nottingham): ‘Imite qui voudra les merveilles d’autrui’: Modernity and Imitation at the Trial of Théophile de Viau 

Jonathan PATTERSON (St Hilda’s College, Oxford): In whose interest? Rhetorical arguments about monetary reform in the early seventeenth century 

Session 4:      Jan CLARKE (Durham University): Modern versus Ancient in the Décor of the Seventeenth-Century French Stage

Ramona-Dana LUNGU (University of Bristol): Longepierre’s Électre: a different way of telling the same story

Joanna BARKER (Durham University) ; Ancient Men & Modern Women: Madame Dacier and the Querelle d’Homère

Session 5:     Keynote paper.  Michael MORIARTY (Cambridge University): Pascal’s Modernity


Conference Dinner, Senate Room, Durham Castle


Wednesday 13 September      

Session 6:      William DINNING (London): Pascal, Reluctant Modernist?

Lisa AL-FARADZH (Murray Edwards College, Cambridge): The Port-Royal Bible and the challenge of modernity

Session 7:      Jean-Alexandre PERRAS (Jesus College, Oxford): The Decay of Genius: Petits Maîtres and Butterflies

Robin HOWELLS (Birkbeck, Uiversity of London): Bernardin de Saint-Pierre’s ‘Entretiens’ (1773): rewriting Fontenelle

 Session 8:      Linda NAUNAPPER (Independent Scholar, Wisconsin and Illinois Archaeological Surveys, USA): Leaving the Ancien Régime Behind: Archaeology and the Culture History of frontier New France


2pm Conference close

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