Progress (2018-2020)

 

Read the general presentation here.

 

In 2018 – 2019, our seminar programme questioned the notions of ‘Progress and Language’

All sessions 17.00 to 19.00, room 2.44, Maison de la Recherche

 Monday 26 November 2018

Economic Progress and Language

Michel Van Der Yeught (AMU), ‘Accounting for the Evolution of Specialised Languages in Times of Intellectual Progress: Theoretical Issues and Suggestions’. Read the abstract here.

Nathalie Vanfasse (AMU), ‘Adam Smith, Economic Growth, Aesthetic Theory, and Darwinian Evolution?’Read the abstract here.

Discussant: Gérard Hugues


 

 Monday 4 March 2019

Scientific Progress and Literary Language

Mireille Ozoux (AMU), «Progrès et l’évolution de la langue et de la littérature, impact de la langue scientifique dans la littérature. » Read the full text here.

Clare Preston (Queen Mary university of London) ‘Thomas Browne’s Rhetorical Reclamations’. Read the abstract here.

Discussant: Anne Page


 

Monday 25 March 2019

Progress and Literary Genres: Redefinition and Evolution of the Novel

Baudouin Millet (Université de Lyon 2), ‘Progress and Stasis: The Poetics of Digression in Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719-1720)’Read the abstract here.

Anne Widmayer (University of Wisconsin), ‘Self-Conscious Literary Change: Engaging the Audience in the Emerging Novel.’ Read the abstract here.

Discussant: Jean Viviès


In 2019-2020, the seminar programme explored 

‘Models of progress’

 

23 September 2019

John Mullan (University College London), ‘Revolutionary Jane Austen: The Transformation of the Eighteenth-Century Novel?’

Discussant : Jean Viviès

 

14 October 2019

Resistance to progress

Laurent Curelly (Université de Haute-Alsace), « ‘Free-born Englishmen’: John Lilburne et Edward Sexby défenseurs de la liberté contre le “tyran” Cromwell (1653-1658). »

Sara Watson (AMU), « La nostalgie du progrès dans l’œuvre en prose de John Milton »

Discussant : Laurence Lux-Sterritt

     

02 December 2019

Disciplinarity and the progress of knowledge

Mickaël Popelard (Université de Caen-Normandie), ‘Francis Bacon’s vision of a progressive Republic of Letters?’

Richard Somerset (Université de Lorraine), ‘Specialism versus universalism: 18th-century tensions’

Discussant: Anne Page

 

16 March 2020 (postponed to October 2020 due to COVID-19)

Progress and education

Sandrine Parageau (Université Paris-Nanterre, membre junior de l’IUF), « Education et ignorance dans les projets d’avancement du savoir au XVIIe siècle »

Pierre Lurbe (Sorbonne Université),  « ‘Education […] is exceedingly incompetent to the great business of reforming mankind’: le pessimisme éducatif de William Godwin ».

Discussant : Jean Viviès

 

 

 

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