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The Novel and Theories of Love

International Conference June 18-20, 2012

 

inspired by the work of H. M. Daleski (1926-2010), member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities

 

Beit Maiersdorf, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus Campus

                                                               

 

Tentative Program

updated June 2, 2012

 

Monday, June 18, 2012

 

10:30. Registration. Coffee.

11: 00. Introduction: “All You Need is Love: A Brief History of an Idea” (Leona Toker)

11:15–13:15 Precursor Narratives

Chair: Jon Whitman

 

            Tovi Bibring (Bar Ilan University), “Knight Lorois and the Army of Virgins: Categorizing Women in Courtly Love Male Discourses”

            Jonathan Stavsky (The Hebrew University), “Love’s Martyr: The Domestic Legend of Patient Griselda”

            Rella Kushelevsky (Bar Ilan University), “The Ethos of Courtly Love and Its Absorption-Rejection in a Thirteenth-Century Hebrew Story Collection from Northern France: A Study of ‘The Poor Bachelor and his Rich Maiden Cousin.’”

            Yoav Ronel (The Hebrew University), “Love as the Ethics of Subjective Responsibility: A Reading of Persiles and Sigismunda

 

13:15–16:00 Lunch Break

 

16:00–18:00 The Novel and the Long 18th Century

Chair: Dror Wahrman

 

            Yael Shapira (Bar Ilan University), “Happily Ever After: Fairy-Tale Love and the Eighteenth-Century Novel”

            Amy Garnai (Kibbutzim College of Education and Tel Aviv University), “Love and Loss in Walter Scott’s The Heart of Midlothian

            Susanne Hillman (University of California, San Diego), “Love and Death as Self-Affirmation in the Novels of Germaine de Staël” (?)

            Michal Peled Ginsburg (Northwestern University), “On the Subject of Love: Stendhal’s De l’amour

 

 

18:00 Welcoming Reception

            Greetings: Reuven Amitai, Dean, Faculty of Humanities

                             Yohanan Friedmann, Chair, Humanities Division, The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities

                              Ruth Nevo, The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities

 

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

 

9:30–11:00 Nineteenth-Century British Women Novelists

Chair: Shira Wolosky

 

            Judith Levy (The Hebrew University), “Austen’s Persuasion and the Comedy of Remarriage”

            Erik Gray (Columbia University), “Marriage and Metaphor: Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Victorian Love-Dialogue”

            Tammy Amiel-Houser (The Open University), “George Eliot’s Subversive Vision of Intersubjective Love”

 

11:00–11:15 Coffee

 

11:15–12:45 Dickens

Chair: Shuli Barzilai

 

            Goldie Morgentaler (University of Lethbridge, Canada), “Dickens, Dwarfs and the Erotics of Transcendence”

            Yael Maurer (Tel Aviv University) “‘I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!’: A Christmas Carol and Ghosts of Girlfriend’s Past

            Meyrav Koren Kuik (Tel Aviv University), “Temporality, Romance and Social Ideology in Dickens’ David Copperfield

 

12:45–13:00 Break

 

 13:00–14:30 Later Victorians

Chair: Cyril Aslanov

           

            Galia Benziman (The Open University), “Written Selves and Phantom Lovers in Hardy’s Novels”

            Frederik Van Dam (University of Leuven, Belgium), “‘Wholesome Lessons’: Trollopian Love and Aesthetic Ideology”

            Leah Price (Harvard University), “The Book as Erotic Mediator

                       

14:30–16:00 Lunch Break

 

16:00–17:30 Intertexts

Chair: Manuela Consonni

           

           

John Burt Foster (George Mason University), “Love Across Borders: Hadji Murad among Stendhal, D.H. Lawrence, and Tolstoy Himself”

            Julian Connolly (Virginia University), “The Shock of the Unexpected: Love and Desire in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov

            Ruben Borg (The Hebrew University), “Passion by the Book: Rewriting Dantean Love in Joyce’s Novels”

 

 

18:05 Film screening: Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Comments: Richard

 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

 

9:00–11:00 Turn of the Twentieth-Century

Chair: Nourit Melcer-Padon

 

            Zoe Beenstock (The Hebrew University) “Two Strange White Flowers:” Love and Empiricist Philosophy in the Novels of H. G. Wells

            Hannah Landes (The Hebrew University), “Love in Conrad’s The Arrow of Gold

            Yael Levin (University of Tromsø), “Make Love not War: Covert Modernisms in Joseph Conrad´s The Rescue

            Stéphane Chaudier (Université J. Monnet, Saint-Étienne), “Is There Such Thing as a Theory of Love in Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu?”

 

 

11:00–11:15 Coffee

 

11:15–12:45 American Novel

Chair: Michael Kramer

 

            Daniel A. Novak (Louisiana State University), “Love in the ‘Wilde West’: Victorian Afterlives, Sexual Performance, and the American West”

            David Hadar (The Hebrew University), “In Loving Defense of the Dead Author: Henry James’s ‘The Aspern Papers’ and Philip Roth’s The Counterlife

            Sonia Weiner (Tel Aviv University), “Migration and Transformation: Love in Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

                       

 

13:15–14:45 Lunch Break

 

14:45–16:00 Keynote lecture: Richard Bradford (University of Ulster), “Alan Sillitoe: The Novelist Who Loved the Outsider”

Chair: Eynel Wardi

 

16:00–16:15 Coffee

 

16:15–17:45 Twentieth-Century Retrospects

Chair: Tzachi Zamir

 

             Naomi Rokotnitz (Talpiot College), “Shamelessly Fierce: Love as Challenge to Self-Knowledge in John Fowles’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman

            Inbar Kaminsky (Tel Aviv University), “Disfigurement and Desire: The Neo-Victorian Body in K. J. Bishop’s The Etched City

            Murray Baumgarten, “Love and Figure/Ground: Reading Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies

 

           

17:45–18:00 Coffee

 

18:00-19:30 Novels by Our Contemporaries

Chair: Louise Bethlehem

 

            Ortwin de Graef (University of Leuven, Belgium), “Love and Genre Change for A. L. Kennedy”

            Daniel Raveh (Tel Aviv University), “Ownerless Emotions and Objectless Love in Salman Rushdie’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet

            Shuly Eilat (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) and Efraim Sicher (Ben Gurion University of the Negev), “Inception of a Nation, or Contraception? — Uneasy Love Stories in Meir Shalev’s A Pigeon and a Boy and Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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