Tamara Ketabgian Keynote conference

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  • Date de parution : 22/05/2017
  • Durée : 46 min
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CRINIFLCECRHIATamara KETABGIAN société française des études victoriennes et édouardiennes

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Résumé de la vidéo

This talk addresses the Victorian vestiges of a still-influential spiritualdiscourse: the felt technical experience of divine design. In NaturalTheology (1802), William Paley envisions a natural world of analogicalclocks, which persuade and, indeed, speak to us through an immersiveencounter with material artistry and skill. Although Paleys star certainlyfaded in later years, I argue that his discourse persists in alternate,technophilic forms: in what H. G. Wells describes as the technologicalPatter of his own science fiction. I explore how Wells ironizes andaestheticizes these mechanical models of belief, both in his eponymoustime machine (1894-95) and in the troubling figure of a savageworshipping an industrial engine (in "The Lord of the Dynamos" [1894]).

Présentation de l'intervenant

Professor Ketabgian teaches courses on nineteenth-century British literature and culture, critical theory, science fiction, the Enlightenment, the history of technology, and "steampunk" as a cultural movement. She has received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (declined), and has published articles in Victorian Studies, Women's Writing, and various collections. In 2005, the North American Victorian Studies Association awarded her the Donald Gray Prize (honorable mention) for the best essay in Victorian studies. Her book, The Lives of Machines: The Industrial Imaginary in Victorian Literature and Culture (2011) was published by the University of Michigan Press and shortlisted for the annual book prize of the British Society for Literature and Science. Her new research concentrates on natural theology, science fiction, and fantasies of technological design and spiritual intelligence from Charles Babbage to the present.

Présentation du colloque

Le CRINI (Centre de Recherche sur les Identités Nationales et l'Interculturalité), en partenariat avec le laboratoire CRHIA organisait ,les 3 et 4 février 2017, le colloque annuel de la société française des études victoriennes et édouardiennes à la Faculté des Langues et Cultures Étrangères de l'Université de Nantes. Il s'intitulait "Victorian and Edwardian Industrial Desires: Artistic, Historical and Literary Perspectives"



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