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Online study days organised by | Journées d’études en ligne organisées par
Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Guest speaker: Lydia Davis

Keynote speakers | Conférenciers invités:
Emily Eells (University of Paris 10-Nanterre)
Jonathan Evans (University of Glasgow)

11 February 2021

13:30Welcome by Jean-Michel Gouvard (University of Bordeaux Montaigne)

13:45-14:45Session 1: Keynote 1
Emily Eells (University of Paris 10-Nanterre)
"The Way by Swann’s: In-between the lines of Lydia Davis’s Proust"

15:00-16:30Session 2: (Very)Short Stories
Claire Fabre-Clark (Université Paris-Est-Créteil)
“Lydia Davis’s short stories: the (im)possibilities of fiction” 
Ahlam Othman (British University in Egypt)
"Irony in the Microfiction of Lydia Davis’ Varieties of Disturbance (2007)"
Lynn Blin (Université Paul Valéry Montpellier III)
"Coherence in Lydia Davis’ Can’t and Won’t (2015)"

16:45-17:45Session 3: Lydia Davis and the French writers
Véronique Samson (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 University)
"Lydia Davis’s Flaubert"
Ambra Celano (ILUM University)
"Lydia Davis and Maurice Blanchot: L’arrêt de mort"

12 February 2021

Session 4: Modernism and Modernity
Julie Tanner (Queen Mary University of London)
"The shape of feeling: Lydia Davis and the novel after postmodernism"
Elena Gelasi (University of Cyprus)
"Lydia Davis and postfeminism"
Jean-Michel Gouvard (University of Bordeaux Montaigne)
“'The Cows': Writing and Visual arts"


13:30-14:30Session 5: Keynote 2
Jonathan Evans (University of Glasgow)
"Non-exhaustion in the work of Lydia Davis"

14:30-15:45Session 6: Writing and Translation
Fredrik Rönnbäck (Sarah Lawrence College and University of California)
"Excess and Restraint: Lydia Davis as Author and Translator"
Anna Zumbahlen (poet, University of Denver)
"Returning or Reawakening: Two Views of Swann’s Way in English" 

16:00-16:45Conclusion: A Talk with Lydia Davis
Moderator: Jonathan Evans (University of Glasgow)
To conclude our study days, we will have the honour and the pleasure to welcome Lydia Davis, who has kindly agreed to talk with us live from the US

All are welcome to attend this free event. You will need to register in advance to receive the online event joining link, which will be valid for both days. You are welcome to join just for the talk with Lydia Davis on 12 February.

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