Early Modern French Conference, 2019

2nd-4th September, St Hilda's College, Oxford

« L'inachèvement »

Early Modern French Conference

42nd Annual Conference, 2-4 September 2019, St Hilda’s College, Oxford


« L’inachèvement »

Monday 2 September


13.30-14.15                 Arrival and Registration       


14.15-14.20                 Welcome, Richard Parish, Chair of the Society


14.20-16.00                 Session 1: Incomplete Bodies

                                    Chair: Adam Horsley

Jenny OLIVER (University of Oxford)

Bodily and Material Incompleteness in the ‘Essais’

Marc SCHACHTER (University of Durham)

Hopeless ‘Lesbian’ Desire and Narrative Prosthetics in Two French Translations of Boiardo’s ‘Orlando Innamorato’

Sam BAILEY (University of Durham)

Disability, Transhumanism and the Incomplete in Seventeenth-Century French Cabaret Poetry 


16.00-16.25                 Tea


16.25-17.45                 Session 2: Gendering Incompleteness

                                    Chair: Joanna Barker

Sarah NELSON (University of Idaho)

‘You Complete Me’: The Mirrored Memoir-Writing of Madame de Villedieu and Hortense Mancini, Duchesse Mazarin

Jesse-Marie KERUSKIN (University of Illinois)

L’étoile descendante: la lune et l’incomplétude féminine dans les ‘Amours’ d’Étienne Jodelle


19.15                           Dinner


Tuesday 3 September  


9.00-10.20                   Visit to the Chapel, Trinity College


10.20-10.40                 Coffee


10.40-11.50                 Session 3: Authorial Practices

                                    Chair: Noel Peacock

Richard MABER (University of Durham)

Gilles Ménage at Work: Two Unfinished ‘Magna Opera’ Rediscovered

Nicholas HAMMOND (University of Cambridge)

Unfinished Business: Pascal, Racine and a First Edition 


11.50-13.00                 Session 4: Manuscripts

                                    Chair: Richard Maber

Anton BRUDER (University of Cambridge)

The Incomplete Work: French Renaissance Manuscript Culture Reconsidered

Annalisa NICHOLSON (University of Cambridge)

The Final Edit: Reading Saint-Évremond’s Corrections in the Godolphin Manuscript 


13.00                           Lunch


13.45-14.45                 AGM


14.50-16.40                 Session 5: Corneille

                                    Chair:  Nicholas Hammond

Tristan ALONGE (Université de La Réunion)

‘Cinna’, ou l’inachèvement d’un empereur

Paul HAMMOND (University of Leeds)

The Psychology of Corneille’s ‘Médée’

Emma CLAUSSEN (University of Cambridge)

Corneille’s Unfinished Lives 


16.40-17.00                 Tea


17.00-18.00                 Keynote Paper

                                    Chair: Richard Parish

Nicholas CRONK (Voltaire Foundation, Oxford)

Voltaire’s Incomplete Works: and Why They Will Stay That Way


18.30                           Vin d’honneur


19.15                           Conference Dinner


 Wednesday 4 September       


9.00-10.45                   Session 6:  Communication and Prophecy

                                    Chair: Richard Scholar

Marina PERKINS (University of Cambridge)

‘Un parler ouvert’: A Comparative Reading of Diplomatic Exchanges in Montaigne’s ‘Un traict de quelques ambassadeurs’ and ‘De l’utile et de l’honneste’

Luke O’SULLIVAN (King’s College, London)

Last Words? ‘Tout dire’ before the Final Judgment in Bouchet’s ‘Les Serrées’

Janée ALLSMAN (University of Colorado)

Prophetic Expectations in Jurieu’s ‘L’Accomplissement des Prophéties’ 


10.45-11.00                 Coffee


11.00-12.45                 Session 7: Conceptual and Dramatic Incompleteness

                                    Chair: Mette Birkedal Bruun

Vittoria FALLANCA (University of Oxford)

What We Talk About When We Talk About ‘Dessein’: Writing and/as Drawing in Early Modern France

Sophie NICHOLLS (University of Oxford)

Incomplete Thoughts: Textual Instability in the History of Ideas

John LYONS (University of Virginia)

Happiness Inchoate: Experiencing ‘Le Misanthrope’


Concluding remarks, Richard Parish, Chair of the Society