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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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