“that peculiar unsymmetrical position” of Adam and Eve

Vernon Lee, radical feminist, “too dangerous for Henry James”, is with us today, on Women’s Day, with her article “She for God in him” and the announcement of a new book in The Telegraph (The Psychology of an Art Writer).

She for God in him

The Nation, September 4, 1915, p. 732-33.

The other day, in a certain Catholic chapel, I chanced upon a document which, during all these clamorous discussions of what women are or are not, suddenly let a flood of light upon my own inventoried experience, my almost automatic expectations concerning my sisters in Eve. It was a printed prayer tacked on a pillar, bilingual, unsigned, entitled “A Prayer to the Blessed Virgin for all those who love and suffer.” “Poor woman,” I said to myself, “how much she must have been through!” And then it occurred to me by what sign I knew not, and knew that everyone else would know just as unhesitatingly, that this wholly anonymous writer could by no possibility be a man. By the insistence, unrestrained, heart melting, on the sorrow of those who are not loved or who are loved no longer; the taking for granted that loving and being loved must be the permanent and paramount interest in life and the measure of life’s happiness. That constitutes, I fancy, the feminine note in literature, from Sappho to St. Catherine, and from Heloïse to the Brontës and Mrs. Browning.

This love which is thus treated not as an incident of life, but as life’s chief business, need by no means be love for a lover. In the reality of things it is quite as often love for a child, sometimes for a brother or a parent. Nowadays it is often for a friend, a teacher, or political leader. In former days it was often for Christ. But it is always love which can or could be reciprocated; it is love of a person (even if that person should be divine); it is not love for things or for ideas, whose only return is precisely whatever attracts one to them. This love is human love with human love’s lurking jealousy and fear of loss. However variously applied, its pattern is originally the love of Eve for Adam; and it bears the traces of that peculiar unsymmetrical position in which Adam and Eve have stood not only towards one another, but each towards God, or, if you prefer, towards everything in the universe except themselves:–

“For contemplation he and valor formed;

For softness she and sweet attractive grace.

He for God only; she for God in him.”

Milton has been fallen foul of by us modern people for an uncivil old retrograde. But that incident of the prayer “for all who love and suffer,” and my unhesitating attribution of its authorship to a woman, brings home to me that Milton was merely describing in theological language the present state of affairs. Only I differ from Milton in that this unsymmetrical position of the sexes strikes me as anything but paradisiac. Indeed, it alone would lead me to guess that Adam and Eve are makeshifts of that purblind and fumbling Chaos who knew what he was after, namely, his own greater glory and incidental philanthropical intentions. It was an oversight (and does not Bergson’s “Creative Evolution” pique itself on lack of mere reason?) to give all the valor and the contemplation to Adam, while endowing Eve with nothing but attractions entailing Adam’s constant attention. Since valor and contemplation, indeed less exalted capacities for business, take as much interest in themselves, and in other valor and contemplation  which can collaborate and compete with them, as they take interest in a person who, like Eve, is wholly destitute of anything similar. Whence the undoubted fact to which Eve (either as wife or a mother) awakes with surprise, and sometimes with pain, that men require not only helpmates, but that other and very different kind of mate, a fellow worker, a competitor, even a possible enemy; also, as Milton emphasized a little unduly, that men do occasionally want to contemplate their particular God. This Eve, having neither valor nor contemplation, is left out in the cold whenever Adam turns away from the charms which, by definition, are all she has to offer him. And when she sees nothing but the Divinity mirrored in her husband’s eyes, what she says is not always: “How splendid of you to be looking at God! Do please go on!” But rather: “O, Adam, dear, couldn’t you stop looking at God and just look for a wee moment at me?” Sometimes, indeed, finding that it is not the thing to say, she will train herself into extraordinary interest and pride in Adam’s contemplative exercitations; she will even jealously acquire a smattering of the idea or occupations which happen to be his particular God. If, as may happen, Adam is thick-skinned or fatuous, Eve’s improvised interest, her pleasure solely in what he does, and indifference and jealousy in what others do in the same field, will never rub him the wrong way, and he will merely grow more fatuous and thick-skinned in consequence. While if (which also happens) Adam is gifted with “feminine” insight and “feminine” horror of inflicting pain, a hundred customary acts of self-sacrifice, self-restraint, nay, even of deliberate dissimulation, keep her in the happy delusion that loving intrusion into the holy of holies is the very thing he wants most. “You know, dear Adam can’t do without me to talk everything over.”

That self-congratulating formula! The wife or mother from whose lips we hear it is perhaps genuinely unconscious that those subjects “he has to talk over with her” are her dreaded and hated rivals. But we, who happen to know it, wonder, amazed, which of the inseparable companions is deceiving the other; whether we are in the presence of a self-satisfied dupe, or of some half broken-hearted creature repeating the vital lie she cannot believe in. And thus we may fall to wondering whether these daughters of Milton’s Eve will ever learn that, as the mother is needed only by the helpless or ailing child, so the woman who lives for love is needed by the man only in those episodes when he, too, lives only for love. Will the time ever come when Eve will meet Adam not only as mother or wife, but accidentally, unintentionally, as one meets another creature interested in the same business, a possible rival, a conceivable comrade? Or will there always be that pathetic clinging when the man turns to view his work or the child grows up: “Don’t go. Don’t change!” — and the terrible need of that tragic prayer, “For all those who love and who suffer”?

And this brings me to yet another reason for suspecting that Eve must be the random work of the blundering ‘prentice Evolution, rather than (as Milton thought) the twin masterpiece of a Creator careful of his greater glory. The prayer in question was for consolation, or, failing that, for resignation. I cannot think of any instance in literature, and not many in real life, of a woman having prayed for renovation, hoped for such steady or catastrophic shuffling of personal trouble, such renewal of spiritual virginity and vigor as we see in Tolstoy’s heroes and in Rolland’s “Christophe.” Indeed, apart from any such exalted and almost mystical examples, where are the feminine counterparts of the mere masculine rank and file, taking as part of life to begin life once, twice, or thrice, with renovated hearts? Women would take no pride in such a renewal, as they take none, alas, in the forgetfulness of harrowing anniversaries. Rather they have learned to pride themselves on such constancy as is but a lingering decay, that of the lady who sat like Patience on a monument, letting concealment prey on her damask cheek. When they are consoled (the very word savors of innuendo!), the consolation is a new love which, moreover, is thought of as the really first, the only real one, and this time for good and all.

Such Eve-like concentration on purely personal affections means denying the great impersonal universe its claims on the soul’s passions. No woman, so far as I recollect, has written cosmic poetry in the sense of Goethe’s, Wordsworth’s, or Shelley’s. And to the female mystic the starry heavens have told not the glory of God, but the coming of the Bridegroom. And, putting poets and mystics aside, there is often in the mind of even high-minded women something personal and egoistic in their finest scruples and cruelest self-immolations. While, as to the others! There is about most feminine souls a shuttered, glazed-in quality, a warmth and closeness as of nurseries and sick rooms. Also the thought of death seems oftener present than that of things eternal, for it is the nature of mortal beings to die; and the love of Eve does not go forth to things impersonal and immortal.

This concentration of the feminine soul on personal affections occurs to me as its most undoubted and, oddly enough, its least deprecated inferiority. That this should be the case shows how completely both man and womankind have really acquiesced in the arrangement described by Milton, however much they fall foul of the description. It is quite possible there may be quite incurable bodily reasons for lack of what Milton called “contemplation” in the female soul. Or again, the pressure of certain sociological conditions may have lasted too long, left an inheritance of over personality on the sex, killed off without progeny all the individual Eves who wanted to see God face to face, and not in their male relations only. In either case, it is very likely that the Eve-like attitude and the results thereof I have been pointing out, may be the price for the race’s survival, and even its progress up to a certain point. Our history is full of such fearful, never liquidated debts. But because “and she for God in him” has been thus needed, and may even be inevitable, I see no reason for warping our judgement and spoiling our taste by going on insisting that it is beautiful. Beautiful is a quality we strive after, not one which is always furnished us gratis by everything which happens to exist and be needful and inevitable.

But I was forgetting: “Creative Evolution” has a dodge of botching up its occasional bungles by warping our judgement and taste in their favor. The “she-for-God-in-him” arrangement having been useful to the race at some time or other, required cultivation and consecration as holy. And thus we find it duly enshrined not only in immortal verse, but in prejudices and preferences, alas, a great deal more immortal still.




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Study Day and Worshop 2017 – Journée d’étude et séminaire technique

Du manuscrit à la base de données en ligne : travailler sur des sources primaires

Journée d’études et séminaire technique

Université de La Réunion

19 octobre 2017

 Une journée d’études et un séminaire technique sur le thème « travailler sur des sources primaires: du manuscrit à la base de données » organisés par Sophie Geoffroy (LCF & ITEM-CNRS) sont prévus à l’Université de La Réunion le 19 octobre 2017.

Cette manifestation scientifique prend place dans le cadre du programme INNOFAM (Innovation-Femmes-Progrès) / WIP (Women-Innovation-Progress) qui a pour objectif de contribuer à favoriser l’acquisition de nouvelles compétences et l’autonomisation des jeunes, en particulier les femmes, de la région océan Indien, en leur donnant accès à des méthodes de recherche, de diffusion des connaissances scientifiques et de valorisation de la recherche. Innovation, Transmission, Relève, telles sont les notions clefs de cette journée d’études et séminaire technique.

Nous invitons les chercheurs expérimentés à partager les méthodes autant que les résultats de leurs travaux scientifiques avec la future génération de chercheurs.

Nous avons choisi de nous attacher à la personnalité de « Vernon Lee » (Violet Paget, 1856-1935), femme cosmopolite, humaniste, pacifiste, visionnaire, éclectique, européenne avant l’heure, en avance dans de nombreux domaines de réflexion. Elle concentre l’énergie de nombreux chercheurs disséminés dans le monde

A la Réunion, le travail sur les sources primaires concernant Vernon Lee est particulièrement actif. La vocation naturelle de ce projet est donc de se tenir ici, lieu de lancement de The Sibyl, de l’IVLS, et du web-documentaire récent.

C’est pourquoi nous sommes heureux et fiers d’accueillir à l’Université de La Réunion cet événement, qui permettra à nos étudiant-e-s de rencontrer des spécialistes internationaux de Vernon Lee ainsi que des jeunes chercheurs du monde entier.

Nous invitons les contributions portant sur l’édition critique de sources primaires de Lee. Les communications seront centrées sur le processus entier d’élaboration d’une telle édition, du traitement de documents manuscrits inédits à l’édition critique (papier ou numérique) et à la base de données.

Un séminaire technique dirigé par le Dr. Shafquat Towheed (Open University, UK) fournira l’occasion de s’entraîner concrètement à l’utilisation de la base de données RED (Reading Experience Database). Les participante-s apprendront à identifier les références à l’histoire de la lecture à partir de sources imprimées, manuscrites ou numériques, et à les saisir dans la base. Il s’agira d’apprendre à utiliser les différentes rubriques, à vérifier les informations, et à nourrir la base en intégrant de nouvelles références.

A l’issue de cette manifestation se tiendra l’Assemblée Générale annuelle de l’association IVLS (International Vernon Lee Society). Les membres de l’IVLS sont attendus et recevront leur convocation sous peu.

Si vous souhaitez adhérer à l’IVLS, ou pour plus de renseignements : https://thesibylblog.com/international-vernon-lee-society-ivls/


From Holograph to Online Database: Working on Primary Sources

Study Day and Worskhop 

University of La Réunion (France)

October 19, 2017

 A study day and workshop organised by Sophie Geoffroy (LCF & ITEM-CNRS) are scheduled to take place at the University of La Réunion (France), October 19, 2017.

This study day and workshop are part of the program INNOFAM (Innovation–Femmes-Progrès) / WIP (Women-Innovation-Progress) aiming to empower young people, especially women, in the Indian Ocean area by upgrading their skills or training them to acquire new skills and by enhancing female role models.

To favour scientific innovation, experienced researchers are invited to share their research methods as well as their scholarly knowledge with the next generation of researchers.

The character, life and works of the cosmopolitan intellectual, pacifist, feminist, committed writer and visionary pro-Europe Violet Paget (« Vernon Lee », 1856-1935) will be chosen as a case in point, for her ability to analyse and to foresee future development in various domains.

Scholarly research about Vernon Lee has considerably developed in recent years, thanks to new findings and to the publication of primary sources, especially her correspondence.

Reunion island, where The Sibyl, Journal of Vernon Lee Studies and other important initiatives originated and developed (the IVLS ; the web-documentary) has been one of the most active Lee research centers in the world.

We shall proudly host this event, thus enabling our students to meet international specialists of Vernon Lee and young Lee scholars around the world.

We invite contributions dealing with the critical edition of Lee primary sources. Presentations will focus on the whole process from the treatment of holograph material to transcription, to critical edition (paper and digital) and database.

A training workshop directed by Dr. Shafquat Towheed (Open University, UK) will provide a ‘hands on’ training and guidance for future contributors to the Reading Experience Database. It will show how to identify records of reading evidence from printed, manuscript, and online resources, and how to enter this information into the database. It will train contributors to understand the different data fields, show them how to check information, and provide guidance about how to record a reading experience in the database. By doing so, it will equip researchers to use the Reading Experience Database as a repository of information about reading.

The annual general meeting of the International Vernon Lee Society will take place on that same day, after the workshop and seminar.

All IVLS members are welcome ! A regular call to attend the meeting is on its way to our members.

For more information about the IVLS, please click https://thesibylblog.com/international-vernon-lee-society-ivls/



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Web-documentaire exclusif!

Voici enfin notre web-documentaire (3h07’23”) en 10 chapitres et 19 épisodes :

A la découverte de Vernon Lee

 Auteure Sophie Geoffroy

Réal. Thomas Cordet et Gilles Pasquet

I. Préface 31’12’’

  1. L’origine de la recherche. Sophie Geoffroy, interview par Thomas Cordet, la Réunion. 10’07’’
  2. 2. La création de The Sibyl, Journal of Vernon Lee Studies. Sophie Geoffroy, interview par Thomas Cordet, la Réunion. 10’21’’

3. La création de l’International Vernon Lee Society. Sophie Geoffroy, interview par Thomas Cordet, la Réunion. 10’44’’

II.  Vernon Lee’s Papers 4’18’’

  1. Dr Anne Manuel, interview par Sophie Geoffroy, Somerville College, Oxford, UK.
  2. Dr Patricia Burdick, interview par Sophie Geoffroy, Colby College, Special Collections, Waterville, Maine, USA.

III. Vernon Lee et ses ami-e-s correspondant-e-s 10’35’’

  1. Vernon Lee et H.G. Wells. Amanda Gagel, interview par Sophie Geoffroy, Chicago, USA. 2’38’’

2. Vernon Lee et Walter Pater. Stefano-Maria Evangelista, interview par Sophie Geoffroy, Trinity College, Oxford, UK. 4’35’’

3. Vernon Lee et Gabriele d’Annunzio ; Vernon Lee et Mario Praz. Elisa Bizzotto, interview par Sophie Geoffroy, Villa Il Palmerino, Florence. 03’22’’

 IV. Vernon Lee et son entourage 31’44’

Vernon Lee et ses cousins Abadam. 07’02’’:

Margaret Vaughan, interview par Sophie Geoffroy, Carmarthen (Wales)

Jill Davies, interview par Sophie Geoffroy, Carmarthen (Wales)

Vernon Lee et Irene Forbes-Mosse. Christa Zorn, interview par Sophie Geoffroy, Chicago. 03’07’’

Vernon Lee et la famille Noufflard. Geneviève Noufflard, interview par Sophie Geoffroy, Paris.

a. Les visites de Vernon Lee à la famille Noufflard. 04’43’’

b. Souvenirs de la première rencontre par Berthe Noufflard (lus par Geneviève Noufflard). 11’34’’

c. La découverte des films d’André Noufflard. Stefano Vincieri et Federica Parretti, interview par Sophie Geoffroy. Villa Il Palmerino, Florence, Italie. 05’18’’

 V. Vernon Lee et la Villa Il Palmerino 11’37’’

Margherita Ciacci, interview par Sophie Geoffroy. British Institute, Florence

Stefano Vincieri, Federica Parretti, Laura Terzani, interview par Sophie Geoffroy. Villa Il Palmerino, Florence.

 VI. Vernon Lee lectrice 8’16’’

Shafquat Towheed, interview par Florence Binard. Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Université de La Réunion.

Alyson Price, interview par Sophie Geoffroy. British Institute, Florence.

 VII. Vernon Lee et la science 9’50’’

Shafquat Towheed, interview par Sophie Geoffroy, Somerville College, Oxford.

 VIII. Vernon Lee et le féminisme 4’12’’

Margherita Ciacci, interview par Sophie Geoffroy, British Institute, Florence.

Anne Manuel, interview par Sophie Geoffroy, Somerville College, Oxford.

 IX. Vernon Lee et la première guerre mondiale 05’00’’

Phyllis Mannocchi, interview par Sophie Geoffroy, Waterville, Maine, USA.

Christa Zorn, interview par Sophie Geoffroy, Chicago, USA.

 X. Vernon Lee, une femme libre 1h10’39”

conférence-spectacle de Sophie Geoffroy et Mélanie Prochasson, la Réunion.

  1. Partie 1 : la fabrique d’une femme libre. 38’16’’
  1. Partie 2 : Vernon Lee, une femme libre, engagée pour la paix. 32’23’’
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Vient de paraître aux éditions Michel Houdiard


Dear readers/ Chers lecteurs,

nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer la parution du recueil d’articles consacrés à la pensée politique de femmes engagées du dix-neuvième siècle, comme Vernon Lee, aux éditions Michel Houdiard. Ce livre rassemble onze articles issus des deux colloques internationaux organisés à Paris en octobre 2013 et mars 2015 par Sophie Geoffroy (U. de La Réunion) et Michel Prum (U. Paris-Diderot-Sorbonne-Cité).

We are glad to announce the publication of the volume of articles dedicated to Vernon Lee’s and other nineteenth century women’s political theory. This book gathers the selected proceedings of the two international conferences organised in Paris in October 2013 and March 2015 by Pr. Sophie Geoffroy (U. of La Réunion) and Pr. Michel Prum (U. Paris-Diderot-Sorbonne-Cité).

Les femmes et la pensée politique : Vernon Lee et les cercles radicaux

Women and Political Theory : Vernon Lee and Radical Circles

Contents/ Table des matières

Introduction                                                                                                         Sophie Geoffroy

  • Vernon Lee e Gaetano Salvemini                                                          Stefano Vincieri
  • Vernon Lee and Gaetano Salvemini                                   transl. by Sophie Jorrand
  • Being in Borders: Vernon Lee, Empathy and Pacifist Resistance

                                                                                                                           Rachel Baldacchino

  • V. Lee and the Ford Sisters: varieties of socialism and trade unionism

                                                                                                                                      Marie Terrier

  • Vernon Lee and Ednah Dow Cheney: Aesthetics, Art, and Affect

                                                                                                                            Therese B. Dykeman

  • “War Work” and the Philosophy of Heroism: A. Mary F. Robinson Duclaux’s “Friendly Fire” with Marie Lenèru and Vernon Lee                                    Patricia Rigg
  • The Unique Correspondence of Vernon Lee and Irene Forbes-Mosse in World War I: Women’s Friendship Transcending Enemy Lines                                          Christa Zorn
  • Vernon Lee, Paul Desjardins, Daniel Halévy and Romain Rolland      Sophie Geoffroy
  • Vernon Lee and Charlotte Perkins Gilman: the Anglo-American alliance on the “Woman Question””                                          Gabriella di Martino and Sole Alba Zollo
  • A Tale of Two Americans, the History They Made, and a Comparison: Julia Ward Howe 1819-1910, Voltairine de Cleyre 1866-1912, and Vernon Lee 1856-1935

                                                                                                                             Therese B. Dykeman

  • Mary Duclaux                                                                                Jacqueline Bayard-Pierlot
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sad news: Geneviève Noufflard

Dear friends
chers amis,

nous avons la douleur de vous faire part du décès de notre chère amie Geneviève Noufflard.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend Geneviève Noufflard.

Une cérémonie religieuse aura lieu mardi 3 janvier 2017 à 10 h 30 en la Basilique de Ste Clotilde, rue Las Cases, à Paris (7ème).
Elle sera inhumée au cimetière de Vallorcine (Haute Savoie) mercredi matin.

A religious ceremony will take place on Tuesday 3 January 2017 at 10.30 a.m., Basilica of Sainte-Clotilde, rue Las Cases, 75007 Paris.
Her final resting place will be in Vallorcine (Haute Savoie), where she will be buried on wednesday.

Geneviève Noufflard, fille des peintres André Noufflard et Berthe Noufflard, avait connu Vernon Lee entre 1925 et 1935, et était membre d’honneur de notre association.

Geneviève Noufflard, who was the daughter of painters André and Berthe Noufflard, had known Vernon Lee between 1925 and 1935, and was an honorary member of the IVLS.

Soyons nombreux à nous retrouver pour accompagner notre amie mardi matin à Paris et mercredi matin à Vallorcine pour ceux qui le peuvent.

Let us accompany our friend on Tuesday morning in Paris and, for those who can, in Vallorcine on wednesday morning.

Sincères condoléances à vous tous et à sa famille.

We would like to offer our deepest sympathy at our loss.

Sophie Geoffroy

Gilles Pasquet

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Selected Letters of Vernon Lee, Vol. I, Routledge

Dear readers, chers lecteurs,

nous avons l’immense plaisir de vous annoncer la parution du volume I de la Correspondance de Vernon Lee, aux éditions Routledge:

It is an immense pleasure to announce the publication of:

Selected Letters of Vernon Lee, 1856 – 1935

Volume I, 1865-1884

Edited by

Amanda Gagel (Editor) & Sophie Geoffroy (Associate Editor)

© 2017 – Routledge

658 pages


Acknowledgments                                                 ix

List of illustrations                                                xi

Introduction by Amanda Gagel                         xiii

Editorial policy                                                      xxvii

Historical note                                                      xxxi

List of correspondents                                       xxxv

The Letters: 1865-1884                                           1

References                                                              617

Bibliography                                                          619

Index                                                                         625

This critical edition gathers for the first time after A Gagel’s Doctorate Thesis, over 350 letters from 40 archives. Written in English, French, German or Italian, they have been translated into English when necessary by Christa Zorn (from the German), Crystal Hall (from the Italian) and Sophie Geoffroy (from the French). Numerous footnotes, notices and a 33-page index illuminate the reading of these exceptional letters.

Cette édition critique rassemble, pour la première fois depuis la Thèse d’A. Gagel, plus de 350 lettres pour la plupart inédites issues de près de 40 archives publiques ou privées dans le monde. Rédigées en anglais, en français, en italien ou en allemand, elles sont présentées en version bilingue: les lettres en allemand ont été traduites par Christa Zorn (Indiana South University), les lettres en italien par Crystal Hall, les lettres en français par Sophie Geoffroy. L’appareil critique important comporte notamment d’abondantes notes, des notices et un index de 33 pages.

Correspondants (vol. I):

Matilda Adams, Henry Ferguson Paget, Eugene Lee-Hamilton, (Agnes) Mary Frances Robinson (future Darmesteter, puis Duclaux), Henrietta Jenkin, Linda Villari, Cornelia Turner, Enrico Nencioni, Mario Pratesi, Angelo De Gubernatis, Pietro Fanfani, Carlo Placci, Telemaco Signorini, William Blackwood, Percy William Bunting, Thomas Hay Sweet Escott, Frances Power Cobbe, Marie Schüpbach (future Krebs).

We are particularly grateful to:

Nos remerciements vont en particulier à:

Patricia Burdick, Maggie Libby, and Erin Rhodes, at the Vernon Lee Archive in the Miller Library at Colby College, Maine.

The Angelli-Parretti family, and especially Federica Parretti and Stefano Vincieri of the Associazione Culturale Palmerino

Guillaume Fau, at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, Manuscrits

Dr. Anne Manuel at the Vernon Lee Archive at Somerville College, Oxford

Dr. Corinna Jäger-Trees at the Bern Literary Archive

Alyson Price at the British Institute in Florence

Laura Desideri at the Gabinetto Vieusseux

Fiorella Superbi at Villa I Tatti

The British Library

The Bodleian Library, Oxford

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CFP: Vernon Lee Seminar in Paris, March 8, 2016

Dear friends, dear colleagues
chers ami-e-s et collègues,

a one-day seminar on Vernon Lee will take place next March 8th, 2016 (International Woman’s Day), at the Université Paris-Diderot-Sorbonne-Cité about:
« Vernon lee and her circle : Women committed to freedom ».

Une Journée d’Etude est organisée le 8 mars 2016 (Journée Internationale de la Femme), à l’Université Paris-Diderot-Sorbonne-Cité sur le thème:
« Vernon Lee et son réseau: des femmes engagées pour la liberté ».

Bâtiment/Building Olympe de Gouge
Salle 720/Room 720

Cette JE est organisée par l’Université de Paris-Diderot et l’International Vernon Lee Society, avec le soutien de l’UFR EILA, la SAGEF, le GRER, et The Sibyl.

Cette journée d’études a pour objectif de mettre en lumière la pensée et l’engagement politiques de Vernon Lee et d’autres femmes (britanniques, françaises, italiennes, allemandes, suisses…) de son cercle engagées par leurs écrits ou par leurs actes en faveur de la liberté.
Les participants auront l’occasion d’adhérer à l’International Vernon Lee Society.

This seminar will aim to further the knowledge on the commitment to freedom of Vernon Lee in relation to contemporaneous British, Italian, French, Swiss, and German radical women’s circles.
Participants will have the opportunity of joining the International Vernon Lee Society.

Comité d’organisation

Sophie GEOFFROY (Université de la Réunion)
Michel PRUM (Université de Paris-Diderot)
Florence BINARD (Université de Paris-Diderot)

Comité scientifique/Scientific Board

Florence BINARD (Université de Paris-Diderot)
Sophie GEOFFROY (Université de La Réunion)
Phyllis MANNOCCHI (Colby University) (to be confirmed)
Michel PRUM (Université de Paris-Diderot)
Shafquat TOWHEED (London Open University) (to be confirmed)
Christa ZORN (Indiana University Southeast) (to be confirmed)

Les textes sélectionnés seront publiés aux éditions Michel Houdiard dans un volume regroupant les actes du Colloque de Paris (“Les femmes et la pensée politique: Vernon Lee et les cercles radicaux”) d’octobre 2013.

The selected papers will be published by Michel Houdiard publishing company together with the proceedings of the Paris 2013 conference (“Women and Political Theory: Vernon Lee and Radical Circles, 19th c-20th c.”).

Dans l’attente et l’espoir de votre participation, nous vous souhaitons une très bonne et heureuse année 2016,

Looking forward to your positive answer and participation, we wish you a very happy New Year,

Sophie Geoffroy
Michel Prum

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Celebrating Violet Paget’s Birthday Today- Anniversaire de la naissance de Violet Paget (14 october 1856 – 13 February 1935)

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Dear readers,  Chers lecteurs et lectrices, 159 years ago today, Violet (or Violette, as she sometimes signed) Paget was born in France, Château-Saint Léonard, Boulogne-sur-mer, Pas-de-Calais, from Matilda Adams and Henry Ferguson Paget.  Il y a 159 ans aujourd’hui, Violet … Continue reading

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IVLS Annual meeting in Paris – June 26, 2015

Bien chers amis de Vernon Lee, dear Vernon Lee’s friends,

Nous avons le plaisir de vous inviter à l’ Assemblée Générale annuelle de l’IVLS (International Vernon Lee Society) qui aura lieu / the annual meeting of the International Vernon Lee Society (IVLS) will be held

Le 26 Juin 2015 / June 26, 2015

17-19 heures/5-7 p.m.

salle 720 / room 720

Bâtiment /Building Olympe de Gouges (7ème étage / 7th floor)

Université de Paris-Diderot.

Ordre du jour prévisionnel /provisional agenda:

1. Bilan moral de la présidente et approbation / Activity report and vote

2. Rapport financier du Trésorier et approbation / financial statement and vote

3. Le point sur les publications et travaux en cours / work in progress

4. Perspectives et projets / projects

5. Questions diverses / Other matters

6. Présentation de la biographie de Marie Duclaux par l’auteure, Jacqueline Bayard-Pierlot / presentation of the biography of Marie Duclaux by the author, Jacqueline Bayard-Pierlot.

N’hésitez pas à nous faire part de vos demandes ou suggestions de points à mettre à l’ordre du jour./ Please feel free to send your suggestions to us.

Nous vous remercions de nous indiquer si vous assisterez à cette assemblée (par mail de préférence). Thank you for confirming your presence (preferably by email). 

En espérant vous voir adhérer à l’IVLS et participer à cette réunion du 26 juin/ hoping to see you join in the IVLS and to see you soon in Paris

amitiés leeiennes / yours sincereLEE

Sophie Geoffroy

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Mary Robinson-Duclaux, d’une rive l’autre

Bien chers tous, dear all,

J’ai le plaisir de vous annoncer la parution de la biographie de Mary Robinson – Duclaux par Jacqueline Bayard-Pierlot aux éditions Christian: Mary Duclaux, 1857-1944, d’une rive l’autre.

It is a great pleasure for me to announce that Jacqueline Bayard-Pierlot is publishing the biography of Mary Robinson – Duclaux Mary Duclaux, 1857-1944, d’une rive l’autre (Edition Christian).

Vous trouverez ci dessous le bon de présentation et bon de commande du livre.

Please find below the attached form to discover and order the book.

Félicitations à l’auteure pour cet ouvrage très attendu au sujet de cette amie très chère de Vernon Lee, poétesse et femme de lettres accomplie.

Congratulations to Jacqueline on the publication of this important biography of Mary, Vernon Lee’s dear friend, and an accomplished poet and author in her own right.

Bien amicalement

Yours sincereLEE

Sophie Geoffroy

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