Ten Years Ago, “Vernon Lee: Literary Revenant”. London, 10 June 2013

Ten years ago…

The Sibyl, Journal of Vernon Lee Studies was created ten years ago, as a special section of David C. Rose’s galaxy of fin-de-siècle journals, The Oscholars, at the International Conference organised by Patricia Pulham and Catherine Maxwell in London, “Vernon Lee: Literary Revenant”, 10 June 2003, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London.

This conference proved an extraordinarily stimulating event.

Plenary speakers included:

Vineta Colby: “Reconsidering Vernon Lee: the Writing of a Literary Biography”

Hilary Fraser: “Vernon Lee and Evelyn de Morgan: Picturing the Past”

Angela Leighton: “Seeing Nothing in It: Ghostly Aesthetics in Vernon Lee”

Martha Vicinus “Sex Matters: Friendship and Love Between Women, 1880-1930”.

Contributors included:

Benedetta Bini: “Genius loci and Italian villas: Vernon Lee, Edith Wharton and the Rediscovery of Viterbo”

Elisa Bizzotto: “The Earliest Days of Our Florentine Spring: V. Lee’s Female Friendships”

Laurel Brake: “Vernon Lee and the Pater Circle in the mid 1880s”

Jo Briggs: “The Reception of Vernon Lee’s Writings on Aesthetics”

Renate Brosch: “Empathy and Ekphrasis in Vernon Lee’s Hauntings

Grace Brockington: “Performing Pacifism: the Battle between Author and Artist in The Ballet of the Nations

Peter Christensen: “The Delirium of History in Vernon Lee’s ‘Prince Alberic and the Snake Lady’”

Richard Dellamora: “The Queer Comradeship of Outlawed Thought: Vernon Lee, Max Nordau and Oscar Wilde”

Dennis Denisoff: “Nasty Business: Vernon Lee and the Decadence of Stability”

Stefano Evangelista: “Closet Hauntings: Madness, Homosexuality, and Possession in V. Lee’s ‘A Wicked Voice’ and Pater’s ‘Apollo in Picardy’”

Sonny Kandola: “Vernon Lee and the New ‘New Hellenism’”

Kristin Mahoney, “Collecting and Historicized Consumption in V. Lee’s Hauntings

Catherine Maxwell: “Vernon Lee and Eugene Lee-Hamilton”

Sophie Geoffroy (then Menoux): “Taste, Entitlement and Power: V. Lee’s Subversive Fairy Comedy of Masks and Puppet Show: The Prince of the Hundred Soups

See the complete text and preface by Vernon Lee, The Prince of the Hundred Soups, HERE.

Sylvia Miekowski: “Getting in Touch: V. Lee’s Representations of the Past’s Past”

Taura Napier: “Vernon Lee’s Venice: Gothic Mystery and Byzantine Splendour in an Age of Literary Moralism”

Sally Newman

Yopie Prins

Patricia Pulham: “Blaming Portraits: Doubling and Desire in Louis Norbert

Rita Severi: “Vernon Lee and Contemporary Italian Writers”

Margaret D. Stetz: “The Snake Lady and the Bruised Bodley Head”

Shafquat Towheed: “Vernon Lee and Popular Fiction”

Catherine Wiley: “Warming me like a Cordial”: Vernon Lee’s Reinstatement of the Body in Aesthetics”

Christa Zorn: “V. Lee’s The Handling of Words and Victorian Reader-Response Theory and Postmodern Literature”

The call for papers read:

“Vernon Lee (Violet Paget, 1856-1935) was the author of over forty books and numerous articles. Her extensive œuvre includes works on aesthetics, ethics, history, literary criticism and biography as well as novels, short stories, and essays of travel. She enjoyed a high reputation during the late nineteenth century for her writing and scholarship and her books were considered essential reading for educated people. Remarkable for her boldly-expressed views, her distinctly European outlook and her unconventional lifestyle which included a series of romantic relationships with other women, Lee lost stock in England after her pacifist stance during the First World War and when it suited a rising generation of writers to view her as a relic of the literary past. After a long period of neglect, she is currently enjoying a come-back as scholars begin to uncover the riches of her work, and she offers them the fascinating figure of the independent female intellectual and woman of letters whose career spans the transition from Victorian to Modernist writing.

The critic Desmond MacCarthy wrote of Vernon Lee: ‘there is no doubt that Vernon Lee will be read by posterity, for her work is a rare combination of intellectual curiosity and imaginative sensibility.’ As Lee returns to view, this seems a timely moment for a Conference that aims to explore some of the different kinds of research on her currently underway and to provide an opportunity for exchange among those interested in her work. We welcome proposals for papers on any aspects of Lee’s work, but are particularly interested in receiving proposals addressing the following topics:

Vernon Lee and Myth

Vernon Lee and the Arts

Vernon Lee and her Circle

Vernon Lee and her Influences

Vernon Lee as a Precursor

VL, Sexuality and Gender

VL and Politics

VL Philosophy and Ethics

VL and her Travels

VL and the Supernatural

VL and the Past

Today, ten years after, Vernon Lee studies are thriving, as well as events and works aiming at making her character and texts better known. After the London conference (2003), the Florence conferences in 2005 and more recently in 2012, the next Vernon Lee conference is to take place in Paris (17-18-19 october 2013). It is organised jointly by Professor Michel Prum (University of Paris-Diderot) and Sophie Geoffroy (University of La Réunion), with the support of prestigious universities like Paris-Descartes, Paris-Diderot and Paris-V, and research centers like the ICT and Oracle, and associations like the SAGEF, NIAMA, Advancing Women Artists and Associazione Culturale Il Palmerino.

Its topic, Women and Political Theory in the 19th and First Half of the 20th Century: Vernon Lee and Radical Circles, has attracted the interest of numerous scholars, as the provisional list of participants shows. Please find the Call For Papers here. More soon!

Please feel free to join us! Join the circle of Lee fans and readers of The Sibyl, Journal of Vernon Lee Studies !

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Tuscan Fairy Tales, edited and published anon. by Vernon Lee

Dear readers

You will find in this issue of your favourite journal, a unique book by Vernon Lee: Tuscan fairy tales and folk tales collected, translated and published, anonymously : Tuscan Fairy Tales, Taken down from the Mouths of the People. Enjoy!

Contents:

Introduction

1. The Little Convent of Cats

2. The Fairies’ Sieve

3. The Three Golden Apples

4. The Woman of Paste

5. The Beautiful Glutton

6. The King of Portugal’s Cowherd

7. The Three Cauliflowers

8. The Siren

9. The Glass Coffin

10. Leonbruno

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Villa Il Palmerino: Art by Women in Florence, a Guide through Five Hundred Years

A ne pas manquer!

Un événement digne de Vernon Lee: les femmes artistes à l’honneur dans sa Villa Il Palmerino!

l’Associazione Culturale Il Palmerino, sise dans la Villa Il Palmerino où vécut Vernon Lee, et l’Association Advancing Women Artists, avec le soutien de l’Ente Cassa du Risparmio di Firenze et The Florentine, présente, le 14 avril 2013 à 16h30, dans le cadre de son cycle de conférences et d’expositions “Città dell’ esilo, città dell’ accoglienza”, la conférence de Jane Fortune et Linda Falcone sur le thème:

ART BY WOMEN IN FLORENCE,

A GUIDE THROUGH FIVE HUNDRED YEARS

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Conférence “Vernon Lee: une femme libre au coeur de l’Europe”

Affiche 4 avrilConférence publique de Sophie Geoffroy, Université de La Réunion, Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, jeudi 4 avril 2013, 18 heures, amphi Elie.

Cette conférence basée sur des documents inédits récemment découverts dévoile l’ampleur du réseau des relations de Vernon Lee dans tous les milieux –aristocratiques, artistiques, intellectuels, littéraires, politiques, scientifiques– en France et à l’étranger (Angleterre, Pays de Galles, Suisse, Italie), et sa compréhension éblouissante de la situation politique en Europe.

Son radicalisme politique, intellectuel et personnel à une période clef de l’Histoire mondiale (France, Allemagne, Italie, Angleterre, Irlande, Inde, URSS, Pologne, Finlande…) constitue l’un des thèmes de ces documents.

Est aussi mise en lumière ici l’amitié engagée et franche à une époque troublée, entre Vernon Lee et des personnalités d’importance pour la construction de l’Europe de demain qu’elle imaginait pacifiste: Daniel Halévy, Elie Halévy, Paul Desjardins, Romain Rolland, G.B. Shaw, H.G. Wells, Mary Duclaux née Robinson, Emile Duclaux, Mathilde Hecht, Irene Forbes-Mosse…

Des films inédits datant des années 1926 à 1935 seront projetés en avant-première du film documentaire en préparation (sortie prévue en 2014).

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“La Poupée”/”The Doll” (1927)

Chers lecteurs,

cette semaine, découvrez le dossier sur “La Poupée” de Vernon Lee. Nous publions ici le texte original de Vernon Lee, datant de 1927, accompagné de sa traduction en français par Sophie Geoffroy et d’un article critique signé d’Alice Mussard: “La matière et la manière fantastiques: les aspects de ‘La poupée’ (1927) comme indices de lecture du texte”.

Bonne lecture!

Dear readers,

this week we invite you to discover “The Doll” by Vernon Lee, in its original 1927 version, its translation into French by Sophie Geoffroy, and a critical article by Alice Mussard: “La matière et la manière fantastiques: les aspects de ‘La poupée’ (1927) comme indices de lecture du texte”.

Enjoy!

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Call for Papers: Women and Political Theory: Vernon lee and Radical Circles

 Université de Paris Diderot, UFR EILA

17-18-19 octobre 2013

ORACLE, SAGEF,

The Sibyl, Niama, Associazione Culturale Il Palmerino,

Women and Political Theory in the 19th and First Half of the 20th Century: Vernon Lee and Radical Circles

“Vernon Lee” (Violet Paget, 1856-1935) is well-known for her remarkable erudition, her sharp analyses of arts, music, and literature, her travel accounts uncovering the mysterious presence of the genius loci, her studies on aesthetic contemplation hinging on the central notion of empathy, her fiction (novels and short stories), her theatre work, and even her involvement in the defence of the city centre of Florence.

But little is known about Vernon Lee as a campaigner against war, against imperialism, and as a free woman striving for an ideal society based on equal rights and universal brotherhood, whose voice grew louder and louder in her fight for peace in Europe and the world.

Indeed, as Phyllis F. Mannocchi declared in her Florence paper, 28 Sept. 2012 : “In the scholarship on Vernon Lee, not much attention has been paid to the fact that as she approached late middle age, Vernon Lee seemed to discover her voice as a political ‘radical,’ a supporter of women’s suffrage, a participant in the anti-war movement, and an expert in international relations. Vernon Lee’s ‘radical’ politics were ‘natural’ to her. After all, she was a ‘born internationalist,’ who had lived in France, Germany, Switzerland, England, and Italy, and was multi-lingual. After expressing her opposition to the Boer War (1899 – 1902), Vernon Lee began to write more often on social, political, and international issues. WHY is it that so little is known of her writing on these issues during this later period of her life?” (Phyllis Mannochi, International Conference Violet del Palmerino : Vernon Lee’s Cosmopolitan Salon, 1889-1935, Florence, 27-28 Sept. 2012. Accessible: thesibylblog.com.)

This conference will aim to further the knowledge on Vernon Lee’s and other women’s radical theories in the 19th and first half of the 20th century, in relation to contemporaneous British, Italian, French, Swiss, and German radical circles.

We invite contributions on:

Alice Abadam

Annie Besant

Clementina Black

Irene Forbes-Mosse

Isabella and Emily Ford

Mathilde Hecht

Emily Hobhouse

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Clémence Royer

Favoured topics will include:

Vernon Lee and (Fabian) Socialism

Vernon Lee and Anti-Semitism

Vernon Lee and Fascism

Vernon Lee and Nazism

Vernon Lee and Bolshevism

Vernon Lee and India (Gandhi)

Vernon Lee and International Relations

Vernon Lee and women’s suffrage

Vernon Lee and women’s role in society

Vernon Lee and the relations between men and women

Vernon Lee’s pacifism: the Boer War; WWI; the coming of WWII

Vernon Lee and vivisection

Vernon Lee and the UDC (Union of Democratic Control)

Vernon Lee and the concert of nations (League of Nations)

Vernon Lee and economics

Vernon Lee and Europe

Vernon Lee and the Dreyfus affaire

Vernon Lee’s philanthropy

 

Please send your abstracts (title + about 450 words) before 31st May 2013

to

Michel Prum prum.michel@wanadoo.fr

Sophie Geoffroy geoffroysophie974@gmail.com

 

Scientific Board

Françoise BARRET-DUCROCQ (Paris Diderot)

Florence BINARD (Paris Diderot)

Sophie GEOFFROY (Université de La Réunion)

Guyonne LEDUC (Lille 3)

Phyllis MANNOCCHI (Colby University)

Michel PRUM (Paris Diderot)

Shafquat TOWHEED (Open University, UK)

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Les femmes et la pensée politique au XIXe siècle et dans la première moitié

du XXe siècle : Vernon Lee et les cercles radicaux

  « Vernon Lee » (Violet Paget, 1856-1935) est aujourd’hui célèbre pour son érudition exceptionnelle, la pertinence de ses analyses en matière d’histoire de l’art ou d’esthétique dans les champs de la musicologie, de la littérature ou de la peinture, ses récits de voyage visant à capter l’essence des lieux, matérialisé pour elle par « l’esprit des lieux » (genius loci), ses études de la contemplation esthétique articulées autour de la notion centrale d’empathie, ses œuvres de fiction (nouvelles, romans), son théâtre, et même son engagement pour la défense de certaines causes comme la lutte pour la préservation du centre ville historique de Florence.

Mais on connaît moins la femme libre et l’écrivaine engagée dont la pensée politique se caractérise par un radicalisme croissant au fil des années, la recherche d’une société idéale fondée sur l’égalité et la fraternité entre les peuples, et un militantisme actif au service de la paix en Europe et dans le monde.

Comme Phyllis F. Mannocchi l’indiquait récemment : « jusqu’ici, les recherches sur Vernon Lee se sont peu intéressées à l’évolution de ses idées politiques, devenues de plus en plus radicales au fil du temps. V. Lee met sa plume et sa notoriété au service de la cause des femmes, participe aux mouvements pacifistes, déploie son expertise en relations internationales. Radicalisme et internationalisme sont naturels pour cette polyglotte qui a vécu en France, en Allemagne, en Suisse, en Angleterre et en Italie. Après avoir exprimé son opposition à la Guerre des Boers (1899 – 1902), Vernon Lee écrivit de plus en plus souvent sur des sujets de société, politiques ou internationaux. Comment se fait-il que nous en sachions aussi peu sur les textes consacrés à ces sujets à la fin de sa vie ? » (Phyllis Mannocchi, colloque international de Florence Violet del Palmerino : Vernon Lee’s Cosmopolitan Salon, 1889-1935, Florence, 27-28 sept. 2012. Accessible : thesibylblog.com.)

Pour combler cette lacune, ce colloque aura pour objectif de mettre en lumière la pensée et l’engagement politiques de Vernon Lee et d’autres théoriciennes radicales, du XIXe siècle à la première moitié du XXe siècle, en relation avec les cercles radicaux britanniques, français, italiens suisses, allemands, de la période.

Les contributions pourront porter sur (liste non exhaustive) :

Alice Abadam

Annie Besant

Clementina Black

Irene Forbes-Mosse

Isabella et Emily Ford

Mathilde Hecht

Emily Hobhouse

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Clémence Royer

 Les axes souhaités pourraient être :

Vernon Lee et le socialisme

Vernon Lee et l’antisémitisme

Vernon Lee et le fascisme

Vernon Lee et le nazisme

Vernon Lee et le bolchévisme

Vernon Lee et l’Inde (Gandhi)

Vernon Lee et l’impérialisme

Vernon Lee et les relations internationales

Vernon Lee et le droit de vote des femmes

Vernon Lee et les relations entre les sexes

Vernon Lee et la place des femmes dans la société

Le pacifisme de Vernon Lee

Vernon Lee et la guerre des Boers

Vernon Lee et la Première Guerre mondiale (et prémices de la Deuxième)

Vernon Lee et la vivisection

Vernon Lee et l’UDC (Union of Democratic Control)

Vernon Lee et le concert des nations (la Société des Nations…)

Vernon Lee et l’économie

Vernon Lee et l’Europe

Vernon Lee et l’affaire Dreyfus

Vernon Lee philanthrope

Vos propositions de communications (TITRE + environ 450 mots) devront être envoyés avant le 31 mai 2013

à

Michel Prum prum.michel@wanadoo.fr

Sophie Geoffroy geoffroysophie974@gmail.com

Comité scientifique:

Françoise BARRET-DUCROCQ (Paris Diderot)

Florence BINARD (Paris Diderot)

Sophie GEOFFROY (Université de La Réunion)

Guyonne LEDUC (Lille 3)

Phyllis MANNOCCHI (Colby University)

Michel PRUM (Paris Diderot)

Shafquat TOWHEED (Open University, UK)

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A Vernon Lee Chronology

Dear Lee readers,

une nouvelle page vous attend: la chronologie des élements essentiels de la vie de Vernon Lee. A découvrir ou à revoir!

Bonne lecture!

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“The Development of V. Lee’s Politics” by Phyllis Mannocchi

“In the scholarship on Vernon Lee, not much attention has been paid to the fact that as she approached late middle age, Vernon Lee seemed to discover her voice as a political “radical,” a supporter of women’s suffrage, a participant in the anti-war movement, and an expert in international relations. Vernon Lee’s “radical” politics were “natural” to her. After all, she was a “born internationalist,” who had lived in France, Germany, Switzerland, England, and Italy, and was multi-lingual.  After expressing her opposition to the Boer War (1899 – 1902), Vernon Lee began to write more often on social, political, and international issues. WHY is it that we know so little of her writing on these issues during this later period of her life?” asks Phyllis F. Mannocchi.

In the ground-breaking paper which she read at the Violet del Palmerino Conference (27-28 sept. 2012) in the magnificent British Institute, Phyllis F. Mannocchi reveals some of the little-known origins and develoment of Vernon Lee’s radical politics.

The lecture live can be viewed by clicking here (part 1) and here (part 2). The sound recording can be enjoyed here.

Today, The Sibyl is glad to enable you, dear readers, to have access to the text as it was read at the Conference. The final article, complete with all the references and details, will be published in the Proceedings of the Conference, soon to be published in book form.

Enjoy!

Sophie Geoffroy

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NEW: Vernon Lee and H. G. Wells

Dear all,

we are glad to announce that Mandy Gagel’s website dedicated to the correspondance between Vernon Lee and H.G. Wells has just been launched. This first digitized collection of author Vernon Lee’s correspondence, letters written between 1904 and 1914 to author H.G. Wells, is accessible at:

http://students.ctsdh.luc.edu/omeka/welcome

Well done, Mandy!

chers tous,

nous sommes heureux d’annoncer le lancement du site de Mandy Gagel, qui a numérisé et mis en ligne la correspondance de Vernon Lee adressée à H. G. Wells entre 1904 et 1914.

Ce site remarquable est accessible à l’adresse suivante:

http://students.ctsdh.luc.edu/omeka/welcome

Félicitations et remerciements à Mandy!

Sophie Geoffroy

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Violet del Palmerino-Videos-28 sept. 2012-Afternoon

Oyez, oyez! Voici les enregistrements vidéos (extraits des conférences) et sonores (version intégrale) des interventions des spécialistes italiens de Vernon Lee, Florence, de l’esthétisme, du cosmopolitisme, du dix-neuvième siècle lors de la dernière session du Colloque Violet del Palmerino, l’après-midi du 28 septembre 2012. Une véritable fête de l’esprit et des sens, grâce à l’accueil incomparable de Federica et Stefano, Giuliano et Heidi, Beatrice, qui ont ouvert les portes de la Villa Il Palmerino aux participants et au public venu très nombreux. Qu’ils en soient une nouvelle fois chaleureusement remerciés!

Colloque Violet del Palmerino (suite et fin)

Villa Il Palmerino, Sala degli Angeli, 28 septembre 2012

Presiede: Serena Cenni

Laura Desideri (Gabinetto G. P. Vieusseux, Firenze), Artisti angloamericani al Gabinetto G. P. Vieusseux, 1873-1898″

Stefano-Maria Evangelista (Oxford University), Vernon Lee, Ouida e gli spazi del cosmopolitismo fiorentino”

 

Silvio Balloni (Firenze), Telemaco Signorini, Vernon Lee e John Singer Sargent: la pittura americana nella Firenze dei Macchiaioli, 1880-1890″

 

Elisa Bizzotto (IUAV, Venezia), ‘Miss Brown’ al Palmerino: esteti e decadenti al cospetto di Vernon Lee”

 

Alessandro Fambrini (Universita’ di Trento), ‘Sopra le Cascine è l’ultimo morente bagliore’: Rainer Maria Rilke a Firenze”

 

Melissa Pritchard, “V”,  a novella inspired by the brilliant life and supernatural tales of Vernon Lee

Le colloque Violet del Palmerino à … la Villa Il Palmerino: Une fête de l’esprit

Geneviève Noufflard: une auditrice attentive

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