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Conference September 2018 Writing her/self in text and image in Anglophone women’s life writing

programme 28 & 29 September 2018
Université Paris Nanterre, RER A, arrêt "Nanterre Université"
200 avenue de la République, Nanterre


Writing Her/self in Text and Image in Anglophone Women’s Life Writing
Texte, image & écriture de soi dans les récits de vie féminins de langue anglaise

FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2018 Bâtiment Ida Maier ( bâtiment V) Université Paris Nanterre Room V R13}

9:30am-10:15 Keynote speaker: Laura Marcus (New College, Oxford University) “Illustrated Lives: Photography and Life-Writing” introduced by Claire Bazin, Faaam, CREA, Paris Nanterre
10:15-11:15 Workshop 1 “When pictures tell (other) stories”: Photography I
Chair: Corinne Bigot
- Floriane Reviron-Piégay (Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne): “Isabella Bird-Bishop’s Representation of the Self in her Last Two Asian Travel Accounts”
- Xavier Lachazette (Le Mans Université): “Verbal-Visual Discourse and Counter-Discourse in Daphne Du Maurier’s Autobiography”

11:30-1:00 Workshop 2 “Photography & Commitment”: Photography II
Chair: Nathalie Saudo
- Héloise Vallier-Mathieu (Université Paris Est Marne la Vallée): “Four African American Activists’ Memoirs: Herstory and History”
- Marieke Spychala (University of Bamberg): “Illustrating War: Gender, Violence and War in Photographs in Female Veterans’ Autobiographies”
- Atalie Gerhard (Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg): “Self-Representation Behind Bars: “On the Redemptive Potential of Prison Narrative in Inner Lives: Voices of African American Women in Prison“

[lunch break: 1:00-2:30]
2:30-3:30 Keynote speaker: Lyn Thomas (University of Sussex): “Clothes Pegs: A Woman’s Life in Text and Image"
Introduced by Valérie Baisnée

3:30-4:45 Workshop 3 “ Intimate Graphic Emotions”
Chair: Nicoleta Alexoae Zagni
- Nathalie Vincent-Arnaud (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès): “‘This language of silence’: Picturing the Intimate in Black over Red (2005) and Other Poems by Lotte Kramer”
- Marie-Agnès Gay (Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3): “‘[Un]systematic, even with the image’: Text-image Blurring, Self-Inquiry and Ontological Anxiety in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s works”

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29 Bâtiment Max Weber (bâtiment W) Université Paris Nanterre
9:30-10:15 Keynote speaker Hertha D. Wong (University of Berkeley): Presentation of Picturing Identity. Contemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text
Introduced by Nicoleta Alexoae-Zagni

Coffee break 10:15-10:30

10:30-12:00 Workshop 4 “Self and Community”
Chair: Corinne Bigot
- Nicoleta Alexoae-Zagni (Université Paris 8): “Framing herself then and now: Shirley Geok-lin Lim and the Evolving Practice of Family Albums”
-Cristina Stanciu (Virginia Commonwealth University): “Can the Survivor Speak? Image, Text, Testimony and the Limits and Representation in Canadian Life Writing about Residential Schools”
-Dorothea Fischer-Hornung (Heidelberg University): “Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller: Enmeshing Meaning through Visual Images and Oral narratives”

[lunch break 12:00-1:45]
1:45-2:45 Workshop 5 Lives of Women Artists I: “On (not) being able to paint”
Chair: Floriane Reviron-Piégay
-Elisabeth Bouzonviller (Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne): “‘Sometimes Madness Is Wisdom’ or Zelda Fitzgerald Sketching a Tormented Flapper’s Life”
- Emilia Halton-Hernandez (University of Sussex): ““Finding Forms for Feelings: Doodling and the autobiographical act in Marion Millner’s On Not Being Able to Paint”

2:45-3:00 Coffee break

3:00-4:30 Workship 7 Lives of Women Artists II: “Female/ Feminist Self-Portraiture”
Chair: Nathalie Vincent-Arnaud
- Edyta Frelik (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland): “Georgia O’Keeffe as a Writer: A Tale Twice Told”
- Nathalie Saudo-Welby (Université Jules Verne Amiens Picardie): “A Woman’s Life of Pictures in an ‘Age of Ugliness’: Elizabeth Butler (1846-1933)”
- Robert Kusek (University of Krakow) and Wojciech Szymański (Institute of Art History, University of Warsaw: “On Visual and Textual Self-Portraiture in Eva Hesse’s works”

1:45-2:45 Workshop 6 “A House of Mirrors” (Trans)gender and Identity in Life Writing”
Chair: Valérie Baisnée
- Aurelia Mouzet (University of Arizona): “Reaffirming Realness: Janet Mock’s Transgender Autobiography”
- Heloïse Thomas (Université de Bordeaux Montaigne ): “The Graphic Memoir as a Queer Home: Representing Lesbian Identities in Allison Bechdel’s Works”

2:45-3:00 Coffee break
3:00-4:30 Workshop 8 “Embodied Life Experiences”
Chair: Stephanie Genty
- Marta Fernández-Morales (University of Oviedo): “From Modeling to Cancer through Writing and Photography in Lynn: Front to Back”
- Emma Domínguez-Rué (University of Lleida, Catalonia): “Shrink to Fit: Images in the Media and Cultural Assumptions about the Female Body. An Analysis of Contemporary Women’s Narratives of Anorexia”
- Justyna Wierzchowska (University of Warsaw): “Intersubjective Life Writing and Mutual Recognition in Mary Kelly’s Post Partum Document”

our guest speakers
Laura Marcus
Laura Marcus’s research and teaching interests are predominantly in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture, including life-writing, modernism, Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury culture, contemporary fiction, and litereature and film. Her book publications include Auto/biographical Discourses: Theory, Criticism, Practice (1994), Virginia Woolf: Writers and their Work (1997/2004), The Tenth Muse: Writing about Cinema in the Modernist Period (2007) and, as co-editor, The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature (2004).
Her current research projects include a book on British literature 1910-1920, and a study of the concept of ’rhythm’ in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries, in a range of disciplinary contexts.

Lyn Thomas is part-time Professor Emerita of Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex and at London Metropolitan University. She is the author of a memoir, Clothes Pegs: A Woman’s Life in 30 Outfits at http://www.clothespegs.net/ and has contributed autobiographical writing to two edited collections: Watermarks: writing by lido lovers and wild swimmers, and True Tales from the Old Hill (Frogmore Press 2017 and 2015). Her academic books include Annie Ernaux, an introduction to the writer and her audience (Berg, 1999) Fans, Feminisms and ‘Quality’ Media (Routledge, 2002) and Annie Ernaux, à la première personne (Stock, 2005). She has also edited a collection Religion, Consumerism and Sustainability: Paradise Lost? (Palgrave, 2010), and co-edited The Theory and Politics of Consuming Differently with Kate Soper and Martin Ryle (Palgrave, 2008). In 2011 she co-authored a research report: ‘Suspect Communities’? Counter-terrorism policy, the press and the impact on Irish and Muslim communities in Britain, with Mary Hickman, Henri Nickels and Sara Silvestri. She has published many chapters and articles on Annie Ernaux; ‘quality’ media; radio soap opera; fan cultures; consumerism; and religion and media.

Hertha D.Sweet Wong
Hertha D. Sweet Wong is Professor of English and Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities. She writes about and teaches autobiography, Native American literatures, ethnic American literatures, and visual studies. Her most recent book is Picturing Identity: Contemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018). Combining approaches from autobiography studies and visual studies, she argues that grappling with the breakdown of identity and representation, late 20th-century writers and artists experiment with innovative interart autobiographical forms in an attempt to challenge and convey ever contingent and shifting identities.The project examines the vexed topic of late 20th-century American subjectivity, shaped by history, culture, place, and community, as it is represented in a variety of image-text forms: story quilts, artists’ books, comic books, experimental autobiographies, word paintings, illustrated memoirs, and photo-auto/biographies. Such visual-verbal self-narrations provide a formal interart focus for examining questions about the possibilities of self-representation and self-narration, the boundaries of life writing, and the relationship between image and text.
She is also the author of Sending My Heart Back Across the Years: Tradition and Innovation in Native American Autobiography (Oxford UP, 1992) as well as numerous articles on Native American literatures, autobiography, visual culture, and environmental non-fiction. She is editor of Louise Erdrich’s “Love Medicine”: A Casebook (Oxford UP, 2000). With Jana Sequoya Magdaleno and Lauren Stuart Muller, she is co-editor of Reckonings: Contemporary Short Fiction by Native American Women (Oxford UP, 2008) and with John Elder, co-editor of Family of Earth and Sky: Indigenous Tales of Nature from around the World (Beacon, 1994).



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