BADS & IVLS present: Lates with Lee, March 18 and 25, 2021

In association with BADS (British Association of Decadence Studies), the International Vernon Lee Society would like to invite you two online Thursday evening events exploring the life and works of Vernon Lee.


Lates with Lee

Thursday 18 March & Thursday 25 March 2021

18.30 – 20.00 GMT (Hosted on Zoom)


These Jeudis will introduce you to Lee’s life and the key themes in Vernon Lee’s writing.

Vernon Lee (Violet Paget, 1856-1935) was the author of over forty diverse publications in her lifetime. This body of work included novels, essays, and short story collections, published articles, open letters, and an erudite series of lectures. Lee was born in France, to British ex-pat parents, and lived in Italy for the majority of her adult life. Her formative years were shaped by German governesses and her education dictated by a neurasthenic brother and an overly ambitious mother.

Lee’s career spanned her entire adult life – she was published at the age of fourteen– and she often wrote to the point of cramp and exhaustion. Yet she did so, she argued, only to ‘please herself’. She had fluency in four languages (Italian, French, German, and English), was a staunch pacifist, a notable literary critic, an ardent antivivisectionist, a supporter of the women’s movement, and a queer figure. Lee’s most interesting (and most studied) works engage with her theories on art and her supernatural fiction.


Hauntings: Vernon Lee and the Supernatural Short Story

Patricia Pulham and Emma Liggins

Thursday 18 March 2021(18.30 – 20.00 GMT)


This Jeudi includes two short talks by Patricia Pulham and Emma Liggins who will discuss Lee’s interest in the supernatural and the fantastic, art and horror.


Haunted Portraits: Decadence, Transgression and the Arts in Vernon Lee’s Fiction
Patricia Pulham

Vernon Lee’s short stories are filled with a plethora of art forms, including paintings, statues, and music. Among her best-known collections are Hauntings and Other Fantastic Tales (1890) and For Maurice: Five Unlikely Stories (1927). This talk will consider the importance of art forms in her supernatural fiction and explore their significance in the context of late-Victorian decadence.

Patricia Pulham is Professor of Victorian Literature at the University of Surrey. She is author of The Sculptural Body in Victorian Literature: Encrypted Sexualities (2020) and Art and the Transitional Object in Vernon Lee’s Supernatural Tales (2008). She has published widely, including edited collections and articles on Victorian and neo-Victorian fiction, and is currently editor of the journal Victoriographies, published by Edinburgh University Press.


‘Horror at this absorbing Italy’: Haunted Architecture in Vernon Lee’s Italian Ghost Stories
Emma Liggins

This talk will consider Vernon Lee’s fascination with the dark side of the Italian city in her ghost stories and travel writing. In ‘A Wicked Voice’ and ‘The Legend of Madame Krasinska’ the cosmopolitan decadence of Florence and Venice is both tourist attraction and site of horror. Liggins will discuss how the disorientating spaces of old Italy in Lee’s writing offer an escape from a modernity increasingly seen as vulgar and unsightly.

Emma Liggins is Senior Lecturer in English Literature in the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her publications include George Gissing, the Working Woman and Urban Culture (Ashgate, 2006); The British Short Story, with Andrew Maunder & Ruth Robbins (Palgrave, 2011); Odd Women? Spinsters, Lesbians and Widows in British Women’s Fiction, 1850-1939 (Manchester University Press, 2014); and The Haunted House in Women’s Ghost Stories, 1850-1945: Gender, Space and Modernity (Palgrave, 2020). She has also published an article on Vernon Lee and the supernatural in Gothic Studies (2013). She is currently editing a special issue of Women’s Writing on ghost stories and spiritualism, as well as researching shopping and alienation in the short stories of Shirley Jackson (and dreaming of visiting Italy again).


Vernon Lee’s Aesthetics: A Roundtable

Thursday 25 March 2021 (18.30 – 20.00 GMT)


This evening’s roundtable event will bring together five speakers – Elisa Bizzotto, Dennis Denisoff, Sondeep Kandola, Fraser Riddell, and Francesco Ventrella – who each approach Lee’s aesthetic theories from unique perspectives. Participants will converse on Lee’s interest in literature, painting, sculpture, and music, the Paterian origins of her aesthetics, her decadent influences, and Lee’s landscape aesthetics.


Elisa Bizzotto is Associate Professor of English Literature at Iuav University of Venice. She works on Victorian and pre-modernist literature, with specialisation in aestheticism, decadence, and Anglo-Italian cultural intersections, and her interests are in genre, gender, mythography, and intermediality. She was part of the Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe network and is currently translating two of G. B. Shaw’s plays for the publisher Giunti-Bompiani. She was a member of the scientific committee of international conferences and has been invited to lecture in Europe and North America. She is the author of books on the imaginary portrait (2001), the Pre-Raphaelite magazine The Germ (2012), Walter Pater (2018), and the editor of volumes on Pater (1996), Vernon Lee (2006, 2014), Arthur Symons (2018), and Mario Praz (2019). She was appointed Officer of the International Pater Society in 2018 and is a founder of the Italian Oscar Wilde Society. She is a member of the Council of the PhD in History of the Arts (Ca’ Foscari-Iuav) and of the Editorial Boards of Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism, Volupté, English Literature, and Journal of Comparative Studies.

Dennis Denisoff is the Ida Barnard McFarlin Chair of English and Film at the University of Tulsa. In 2021, he will be publishing a special issue of Victorian Literature and Culture on ‘Scales of Decadence’, another for Feminist Modernist Studies on ‘Global Decadence’, and his monograph Decadent Ecology with Cambridge University Press.

Sondeep Kandola is Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University and the recipient of a William Andrews Clark fellowship at UCLA to research Oscar Wilde and Censorship (2021/22). Her current work is entitled ‘Oscar Wilde’s England: Censorship, Empire and the Victorian Culture Wars’, which explores the impact of modes of censorship, whether governmental, self-engineered or unconscious, on the development of theatre and the novel in late-Victorian Britain. Sondeep’s recent publications include ‘Maverick Modernists: Sapphic Trajectories from Vernon Lee to D. H. Lawrence’, in Kostas Boyiopoulos, Mark Sandy, and Tony Patterson (eds.) Literary and Cultural Alternatives to Modernism: Unsettling Presences (Routledge: 2019).

Fraser Riddell is Lecturer in English and Medical Humanities at Durham University. He is currently completing his first book, provisionally entitled Music and the Queer Body in Fin-de-Siècle Literature. His work on John Addington Symonds and the Victorian chorister was recently published in Victorian Literature and Culture (2020). Other publications include an article on queer musical geographies in decadent literature in Journal of Victorian Culture. His current project explores the significance of tactile sensory perception in Victorian and early twentieth-century literature.

Francesco Ventrella is Lecturer in Art History at the University of Sussex. His research looks into the relationship between feminist and queer aesthetics and visual culture, and he has written on modern and contemporary art writing. Francesco is the co-editor, with Meaghan Clarke, of a special issue of Visual Resources on the topic of ‘Women and the Culture of Connoisseurship’ (2017), and with Giovanna Zapperi he has just published the volume Feminism and Art in Postwar Italy: The Legacy of Carla Lonzi (Bloomsbury, 2020).


Tickets are FREE for members of BADS and IVLS. Please email BADS@gold.ac.uk to reserve a place at one or both of the talks.


Non-members are welcome to attend.

Tickets are priced at £3.00 for one talk, or £5.00 for both. Please click HERE to be taken to the shop.

 

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Online lecture by Dr Claudia Tobin, February 23, 2021

Claudia Tobin: “Travelling Portraits: Vernon Lee, Virginia Woolf, Ottoline Morrell, Vanessa Bell”

Colonica del Palmerino, via del Palmerino 6

23 February 2021, 6.30pm (CET)

On-line lecture in English: Travelling at the turn of the century without ever feeling foreign. From Il Palmerino to Bloomsbury, Dr Tobin explores the intertwining lives and views of female painters, photographers and patrons and how these women captured places and people in their art.

Pack your (virtual) suitcases for a journey back to the turn of the last century, with women painters, photographers, writers and patrons. Join the Colonica del Palmerino for Claudia Tobin’s lecture on Tuesday, February 23. 6.30pm in Italy; 12.30 EST; 9.30 PST; 5.30pm in the UK. No pre-registration necessary, just tune in via https://youtu.be/znp5I2BOcsA

This lecture is part of the programme Sguardi d’Oltrarno organised by the Associazione Culturale Il Palmerino, sponsored by Advancing Women Artists and the Municipality of Florence

Embarquement immédiat pour un retour vers le tournant du siècle avec quatre femmes peintres, photographes, autrices, mécènes!

Claudia Tobin: “Portraits voyageurs: Vernon Lee, Virginia Woolf, Ottoline Morrell, Vanessa Bell”

Conférence en ligne, en anglais: voyager au tournant du siècle sans jamais se sentir étranger, de la Villa Il Palmerino à Bloomsbury. Dr Tobin explore les croisements des vies et des vues de femmes peintres, photographes , autrices et mécènes. Rejoignez la Colonica del Palmerino pour assister à la conférence de Dr Claudia Tobin Mardi 23 février 2021. 18h30 (Paris). Aucune réservation n’est nécessaire, il suffit de cliquer pour se connecter sur https://youtu.be/znp5I2BOcsA

Cette conférence fait partie du programme Regards de l’Oltrarno organisé par l’Associazione Culturale Il Palmerino avec le soutien de Advancing Women Artists et de la Ville de Florence.

En vous espérant nombreux!

Pour tous renseignements contacter:

Linda Falcone, AWA director

linda@advancingwomenartists.org

Tel. 3474891086

Federica Parretti, Il Palmerino’s president

associazione@palmerino.it

Tel. 3398944725

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13 Février 1935: mort de Vernon Lee – 13 Février 2021: une recherche vivante

Bonjour à toutes et à tous,

en ce jour anniversaire de la mort de Vernon Lee à Florence, je vous invite à découvrir 3 nouveaux documents inédits, 3 témoignages des amies proches de Vernon Lee, sur notre base de données Holographical-Lee (HoL): Vernon Lee (Violet Paget) : Letters, notebooks and manuscripts – Lettres, carnets et manuscrits:

Lettre de Mabel Price à Berthe Noufflard, 12 Février 1935;

Lettre de Mabel Price à Berthe Noufflard, 13 Février 1935;

Lettre de Mabel Robinson (soeur de Mary Duclaux) à Berthe Noufflard, 8 Août 1935.

Voici également la présentation de Holographical-Lee (HoL) par Sophie Geoffroy sur Canal U, dans le cadre du Webinaire EMAN “L’épistolaire à l’ère du numérique; Articulation édition papier/édition numérique” organisé par Marie Dupond (GAPN/ENS) et Jean-Sébastien Macke (ITEM/CNRS-ENS), à réécouter en podcast.

Enfin, nous sommes très heureux de vous inviter aux deux prochains séminaires (sur Zoom) de l’International Vernon Lee Society, organisés  en partenariat avec la British Association for Decadence Studies (BADS) dans le cadre des Jeudis de BADS par Dr Sally Blackburn-Daniels:

Lates with Lee (Lee Fin de siècle)

Jeudi 18 Mars & Jeudi 25 Mars 2021, 18.30 – 20.00 GMT

Jeudi 18 Mars 2021 (18.30 – 20.00 GMT): Hauntings: Vernon Lee and the Supernatural Short Story

Patricia Pulham, “Haunted Portraits: Decadence, Transgression and the Arts in Vernon Lee’s Fiction”

Emma Liggins, “‘Horror at this absorbing Italy’: Haunted Architecture in Vernon Lee’s Italian Ghost Stories

Jeudi 25 Mars 2021 (18.30 – 20.00 GMT)

Vernon Lee’s Aesthetics: A Roundtable

This evening’s roundtable event will bring together five speakers – Elisa Bizzotto, Dennis Denisoff, Sondeep Kandola, Fraser Riddell, and Francesco Ventrella – who each approach Lee’s aesthetic theories from unique perspectives. Participants will converse on Lee’s interest in literature, painting, sculpture, and music, the Paterian origins of her aesthetics, her decadent influences, and Lee’s landscape aesthetics.

Tickets are FREE for members of BADS and IVLS. Please email BADS@gold.ac.uk to reserve a place at one or both of the talks.


Non-members are welcome to attend.

Tickets are priced at £3.00 for one talk, or £5.00 for both. Please click HERE to be taken to the shop.

 

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Poster: présentation de Holographical-Lee (HoL), base de données et archive numérique

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Holographical-Lee (HoL) is now open!

Dear readers,
I am delighted to announce that

Holographical-Lee (HoL)Vernon Lee (Violet Paget) : Letters, notebooks and manuscripts – Lettres, carnets et manuscrits

is now open.

The address is:http://eman-archives.org/HoL/

No password is required to access the database and browse its contents.
This is only the first step in the series of releases scheduled for 2021: we still have many documents and data in store for you!
Best wishes for 2021,

yours, sincereLEE

Sophie Geoffroy

Chers lecteurs, chères lectrices,

j’ai l’immense plaisir de vous annoncer l’ouverture de


Holographical-Lee (HoL)Vernon Lee (Violet Paget) : Letters, notebooks and manuscripts – Lettres, carnets et manuscrits.

L’adresse est: http://eman-archives.org/HoL/


Aucun mot de passe n’est requis pour accéder à la base de données et consulter ses contenus.

Bien d’autres documents et données seront rendus accessibles au cours de cette année 2021 –ceci n’est que la toute première étape!

Meilleurs voeux pour 2021,

amitiés leeiennes

Sophie Geoffroy

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“une nuit de cauchemar lucide. . . . une croisade, un chaos”

“J’ai beaucoup pensé à vous l’horrible dimanche 15 [octobre], où j’ai trouvé dans la Nazione les nouvelles d’Allemagne.

Moi-même j’en ai été, le froid subit aidant, un peu malade, transie, incapable de lire ou de sortir, au coin du feu; puis une nuit de cauchemar lucide, que j’ai dû combler en lisant des drôleries de Sterne dans ˆTristram Shandyˆ. Dans cet état de cauchemar j’ai revécu beaucoup de 1914. Les citations de journaux parisiens semblaient menacer une croisade, un chaos. Les nouvelles d’aujourd’hui calmantes, un sursis.

J’ai beaucoup pensé à vous, chère Berthe, ce Dimanche là (je venais justement d’achever mes 77 ans !). Non pas à cause de peur de guerre qui aurait pu vous venir. Mais —cela vous semble peut-être fantastique—parce que je ressentais pour vous les souffrances causées par l’atmosphère moral [morale] autour de vous : l’horrible régime de haine, de peur, d’affolement ; pire encore peut-être la sensation de solitude…”

Lettre de Vernon Lee à Berthe Noufflard, 18 octobre 1933. Inédit. (Extrait)

Note: 14 octobre 1933 : L’Allemagne quitte la Société des Nations et se retire de la conférence de Genève sur le désarmement. Le discours de Hitler est publié dans la presse en France et en Italie le 15 octobre 1933.

“last night, like a lucid nightmare. . . . a crusade, chaos”

“I thought a lot about you on this horrible Sunday 15 [October], when I read the news from Germany in the Nazione.

With the sudden cold, it made me quite sick, chilled to the bone, unable to read or to go out, frozen by the fireside; then the night was a lucid nightmare I had to fill reading Laurence Sterne’s drolleries in Tristram Shandy. In this nightmarish state I lived again much of 1914. The extracts from parisian newspapers seemed to threaten a crusade, chaos. Today, soothing news; a respite.

I thought of you a lot, dear Berthe, that Sunday (I had just completed my 77 years!). Not because you might be scared of an impending war. But –this will perhaps seem fantastic to you– because I sympathised with the sufferings caused by the moral atmosphere around you: the horrible regime of hatred, fear, panic; worse even, perhaps: the sensation of loneliness…

Letter of Vernon Lee to Berthe Noufflard, October 18, 1933. Unpublished. (Extract)

Note: On October 14, 1933, Germany withdrew from the League of Nations and the World Disarmement Conference. Hitler’s speech was published on October 15, 1933 in French and Italian newspapers.

Vernon Lee, lettre à Berthe Noufflard, Archives Langweil-Halévy-Noufflard, 18 octobre 1933, 1r

Vernon Lee, lettre à Berthe Noufflard, Archives Langweil-Halévy-Noufflard, 18 octobre 1933, 1v
Vernon Lee, lettre à Berthe Noufflard, Archives Langweil-Halévy-Noufflard, 18 octobre 1933, 2r
Vernon Lee, lettre à Berthe Noufflard, Archives Langweil-Halévy-Noufflard, 18 octobre 1933, 2v

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New Video! In quest of the Genius Loci

Nouvelle video! Sur les traces de l’esprit du lieu

On this St Genevieve’s Day, please enjoy our latest video, featuring Geneviève Noufflard, filmed some 8 years ago in Paris and at Fresnay-le-Long, and discover what we found there…

Aujourd’hui, Ste Geneviève, découvrez notre dernière production, avec Geneviève Noufflard filmée en 2013, et découvrez ce que nous avons trouvé entre Paris et Fresnay-le-Long.

Happy New Year to our readers! May 2021 be a peaceful, healthy source of inspiration for you all! Let us hope that we shall be able to meet in real life or, at least, in the cyberspace!

Bonne et heureuse nouvelle année à nos lecteurs! Que 2021 soit pour vous une source d’inspiration dans la paix et la santé! Et qu’elle nous permette de nous retrouver dans la vraie vie, ou, à défaut, dans ce monde virtuel!

Yours, sincereLEE, as ever

Amicales pensées leeiennes

Sophie Geoffroy

P.S. Cette video est en français et en anglais. Retrouvez bientôt la version sous-titrée.

P.S. This video is in French and English. Subtitles will soon be added, for better and wider enjoyment.

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“Tanti auguri” from Vernon Lee: Noël 1931

portrait photographique de Miss Paget par André Noufflard, 1931

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Dustin Friedman’s lecture online

Dear readers,

The International Vernon Lee Society (IVLS) Lecture
Miss Paget reading, Fresnay-le-Long, 1932. Image extracted from André Noufflard’s films

We are delighted to announce that you can now view the recording of the IVLS 2020 lecture by Dustin Friedman “‘Sinister Exile’: Queer Myth and Aesthetic Teleology in Walter Pater and Vernon Lee.”

Many thanks to Dr Eleanor Hardy, Events and Communications Officer at The Institute of English Studies, to Dr Sally Blackburn-Daniels, our Communications Officer and to Pr. Shafquat Towheed (OU, HOBAR) for making this fascinating event happen.

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IVLS Lecture: Dustin Friedman, October 14, 2020

The International Vernon Lee Society (IVLS) Lecture
Vernon Lee by André Noufflard; image extracted from André Noufflard’s films

Like every year, we shall celebrate Violet Paget’s birth-day on October 14, 2020. This year’s Vernon Lee event will be Dustin Friedman’s online lecture, and is entitled: “‘Sinister Exile’: Queer Myth and Aesthetic Teleology in Walter Pater and Vernon Lee.”

I am delighted to share with you the registration link to the IVLS Lecture, October 14, 2020 at 18.30 (UK time). Registration is free, and you do not need to be a member to register, so please share with anyone who may be interested.

Dustin Friedman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Literature at American University in Washington, DC. His research and teaching focuses on Victorian literature and culture, with emphases on aestheticism and Decadence, as well as gender and sexuality studies. His book, Before Queer Theory: Victorian Aestheticism and the Self was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2019, and his writings have appeared in the Journal of Modern LiteratureELHStudies in RomanticismLiterature Compass, and Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism.

All my best wishes – and hope to (virtually) see you on the 14th!

Sally Blackburn-Daniels

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