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32ème Colloque international D.H.Lawrence

Publié le 8 décembre 2017 Mis à jour le 19 novembre 2018

32ème Colloque international D.H.Lawrence organisé par le groupe Études Lawrenciennes rattaché au Centre de Recherches Anglophones - CREA EA 370 de l’Université Paris Nanterre. Ce colloque international porte sur le thème " RESISTING TRAGEDY "


du 29 mars 2018 au 31 mars 2018


Bâtiment Max Weber (W)

Salle des séminaires 2 - rez de chaussée

Programme :

Thursday morning 29th of march

9.00 Welcome and registration

Jane Costin, independent scholar, UK.
Lawrence and Marriage: Tragedy, Comedy and Art

Marie Géraldine Rademacher, Tokyo University, Japan
Rethinking Aristotle’s Notion of Tragedy through D. H. Lawrence’s Representation of

Margaret Storch, Framingham State University, USA
The Night-Wife of the Ladybird: Healing Society’s Wounds of War

Richard Kaye, City University of New York, USA
Beyond Odd Women and Old Maids: D.H. Lawrence’s The Lost Girl and the Challenge to Modern Tragedy

Thursday afternoon 29th of march

Ayca Vurmay, Mustafa Kemal University,Turkey
D. H. Lawrence’s Touch and Go: A Modernist Expressionist Reaction to Tragedy

Howard J. Booth,
University of Manchester,
Tragedy and Modern Violence: Twilight in Italy and The Plumed Serpent

Nidesh Lawtoo,
Institute of Philosophy,Leuven, Belgium
Lawrence contra (New) Fascism

Shirley Bricout, University of Montpellier III,
Cain: Figure of Rebellion and Resilience in D. H. Lawrence’s “Tragic age”
Benjamin Bouche, Paris-Nanterre University
Daily tragedy

Friday morning 30th of march

Michael Bell, University of Warwick, UK
Tragedy as Genre and/or Worldview

Catherine Brown, London University, UK
Lawrence, Darwin, and Genre

Stewart Smith
, independent scholar,
Confronting and Resisting the Tragic: D. H. Lawrence’s Aaron’s Rod

Fiona Fleming, Paris-Nanterre University,
Resisting Tragedy in Hardy and Lawrence

Holly Laird, University of Tula, USA
Resistance through Immersion in the “Modern Tragedy”

Friday afternoon 30th of march

Susan Reid, independent scholar, UK
Laughing at Tragic Realities: Nietzsche, Lawrence and Burgess

Adam Parkes, University of Georgia, USA
Logics of Disintegration in Lawrence and Huxley

Claude Barbre, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, USA
Readings Against the Grain: Illuminations of Discontinuities and the American Sublime in the Writings of D.H. Lawrence

Masashi Asai, Tachibana University, Japan
Different Oblivions? : From “New Heaven and Earth” to “The Ship of Death”
Theresa Mae Thompson, Valdosta State University, USA
“I am thrown upon the shore”: The Post-Tragic Place of “New Heaven and Earth”

Saturday morning 31th of march

Elise Brault-Dreux, University of Valenciennes
Diagnosing, Resisting, Yielding – or how the doctor faces the inevitable tragedy

Nick Ceramella, independent scholar, Italy
A Varying Sense of Tragedy in Lawrence’s ‘Odour of Chrysanthemums’

Brigitte Macadré-Nguyên, Reims University
Resisting Tragedy or Not: a Tentative Assessment on the Tragic Quality of Deaths in Several Fictional Works by Lawrence

Marina Ragachewskaya, Minsk State Linguistic University, Belarus.
Blindness is Tragic, Touch is Magic: the “Blind Man” as Tragicomedy

Jonathan Long, independent scholar, UK
D H Lawrence and the Changing Comedy in his Correspondence.

Mélanie Lebreton, University of Rennes 2
"Resisting tragedy, D. H. Lawrence's attitude of defiance "with his queer grin of a smile."".



The theme of this conference has been prompted by the first line of Lady Chatterley's Lover: "Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically."
The statement invites reflection on the literary means and devices that were adopted by Lawrence in order to resist tragedy, both here and elsewhere in his writings. The strategies of resistance include various arts of distanciation through which the tragic can be warded off. They can be linguistic, poetic, rhetorical, or can involve the interplay between a variety of perspectives, tonal shifts, humour, satire, romance, poetic licence, the refusal of seriousness etc.
The focus of the 2018 Conference should not be exclusively or too explicitly on WW1 and its consequences. If the opening to Lady Chatterley’s Lover offers an explicit reference to the war and, in the second sentence, an explanation of its origin and a hypothesis regarding the responses that it arouses, “the cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes”, the focus of the conference is to be less on the specific nature of the “cataclysms” than on the nature and the substance of these “little habitats” and “little hopes” that are devised, conjured up, as if the immensity of “cataclysm”, apocalypse, were unable to put an end to an irrepressible individual and collective inventiveness. The resistance to tragedy thus appears to be the condition or cost exacted of a society or of a social agent who is to survive or outlive the “cataclysm”, a “cataclysm” which is both historical, epochal, but also, perhaps, existential or anthropological. Lawrence asserts "Tragedy looks to me like man/ in love with his own defeat" (Pansies). We may then suggest further lines of reflection on the following themes: resistance or non-resistance to tragedy whether personal, social or political, heroism or escapism, the denunciation of Hamletizing, the temptation of oblivion, the refusal of sacrifice or self-annihilation, resilience and creative destruction. This list is of course not exhaustive.

Organizers :

  • Cornelius Crowley
  • Ginette Roy

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Mis à jour le 19 novembre 2018