The Pathological Body. European Literary and Cultural Perspectives

The Pathological Body. European Literary and Cultural Perspectives
20 September 2019, 10.00am - 6.30pm
Conference / Symposium
Bedford Room, G37, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


10:00 Arrival and registration

10:25 Welcome

10:30 Panel 1: Nation and Body - Chair: Damian Catani (Birkbeck, University of London)

Katharine Murphy (University of Exeter): ‘Metaphors of Sickness in Spanish Cultural Production: Aboulia as an Epidemic of Exhaustion’
James Illingworth (University of Leicester): ‘George Sand, Sickness, and the Body Politic, 1870–71’
Şima İmşir (Istanbul Sehir University): ‘Ottomans’ Zola: Limits of Naturalism and Social Darwinism in Turkish Literature’

12:00 Lunch (provided)

13:00 Panel 2: Personae, Identity, Subjectivity - Chair: Philippa Lewis (University of Bristol)

Damian Catani (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s tragic hero: Philippe Ignace Semmelweis’
Caragh Wells (University of Bristol): ‘The Anxious Male Body in Post-War Spanish Culture’
Françoise Campbell (The University of Melbourne): ‘Doubling, Dissection and Discontinuity: The Transhuman Subject and Bodily Decay in Marie Darrieussecq’s Notre vie dans les forêts’

14:30 Tea / coffee

14:45 Panel 3: Therapy and the Text - Chair: Amanda Sciampacone (Queen Mary, University of London)

Caroline Verdier (University of Strathclyde): ‘Giving a Voice to Female Bodies: Narratives of Illness in French’
Marta Arnaldi (St Anne’s College, University of Oxford): ‘From Illness to Healing: Therapeutic Translation in Contemporary Italian Women’s Poetry’
Robert Craig (University of Bamberg, Germany): ‘Learning from Pathology?: Alfred Döblin Between Medicine and Literature’

16:15 Tea / coffee

16:30 Keynote: Steven Wilson (Queen’s University Belfast)
‘Corporeal Porosity and the Languaging of Inside Experience’
Chair: Kit Yee Wong (Birkbeck, University of London)

17:30–18:30 Wine reception

For further information on the speakers, including abstracts, please visit the symposium website | @pathbodylit | #pathbodylit

Supported by the Cassal Endowment Fund and the Society for French Studies

All are welcome to attend this free event. As places are limited please register in advance.


Cathy Collins
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