2010-2011 Seminar Series

Each academic year, the various research axes with IDEA hold seminars relevant to their interdisciplinary axes. While the themes of these seminars change, they represent the main research thrusts of the team on the whole.

For the academic year 2010-2011, IDEA offered the following lectures/one-day conferences as part of its “Seminar Series.”

21 October 2010

“Narrative Literary Journalism in America at the Fin de Siècle”
Dr. John C. Harsock

John C. Hartsock is Professor of Communication Studies at the State University of New York at Cortland. A former newspaper and wire service reporter, he is the author of two books, the critically acclaimed study, A History of American Literary Journalism: The Emergence of a Modern Narrative Form (U Massachusetts P, 2000), and a work of narrative journalism, Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery (Cornell UP, 2010). He has lectured widely on the subject of narrative/literary journalism, and his articles have appeared in such journals as Prose Studies, Genre, Points of Entry, Journal of Communication Inquiry, and Critical Studies in Mass Communication. He is the editor in chief of Literary Journalism Studies.
8 November 2010 « Autour de l’œuvre de Toni Morrison »

“‘Closed Up and Wide Open’: Florens’ Blues Performance in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy
Dr. Sharon Jessee (University of Wisconsin–La Crosse)

“Tar Baby in the Feminist Tradition of Jane Eyre via Wide Sargasso Sea
Dr. Susan Crutchfield (University of Wisconsin–La Crosse)


9 February 2011 « Les Masques anglais : évolution, valeur et héritage »
Dr. Françoise Mathieu (Nancy 2)

« La légende arthurienne dans les ouvrages illustrés par quatre artistes édouardiennes »
Hélène Aubriet (doctoral student, Nancy 2)

12 April 2011“Lifecycles of the Literary Text: Aesthetic and Economic Contexts”
Dr. Simon Frost (University of Southern Denmark)
Simon Frost is external lecturer at the University of Southern Denmark, board member of the ESTS (European Society for Textual Scholarship, www.textualscholarship.eu), and Executive Board member and External Affairs Director of SHARP (the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, www.sharpweb.org). His research is primarily into the cultural, material and economic conditions of literature, with a special emphasis on transnationalism and cross-media cooperations from the 19th and 20th centuries. Co-editor of Moveable Type Mobile Nations (Copenhagen: MTP 2010), his publications on book history include ‘The Good in a Little Fiction: Conrad, Consumer Readers and Commodity Culture’ in English in Africa, vol. 35, no. 1, May 2008, pp. 45–66; ‘Commodity Readers: an introduction to a frame for reading’ in vol. 3, Methods, Strategies, Tactics, of the 3 volume The History of Reading, Palgrave Macmillan, July 2011 and ‘A Toga Tale of Ingomar the Barbarian: from print and drawing rooms, to William Haggar, Fairgrounds and Hollywood’ in Publishing History 66 (Chadwyck-Healey) 2009 [released December 2010], pp. 7–30. His monograph Business of a Novel: economics, aesthetics and the case of Middlemarch will be published by Pickering and Chatto for the Literary Texts and the Popular Market Place series in 2012 (www.pickeringchatto.com/middlemarch).