Angst in Symbolist Movement: Its Origins and Its Consequences

June 4 - 6, 2015 | The University of Paris IV-Sorbonne, France

Beatrice, Odilon Redon
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Mystery, Odilon Redon


Program of Events [PDF, 303KB]

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Session Times Sessions Details
2:00-2:30 pm Conference Opening
2:30-4:30 pm

Session 1
Moderator: Cassandra Sciortino, USA

Alison Rebecca Hokanson, USA
Henri De Braekeleer as a Forerunner for the Treatment of Light in Belgian Symbolist Painting

Liesbeth Grotenhuis, Holland
Isis' fingertips: the Symbolist use of starry skies

Robert Doré, France
The Symbolist Path of Armand Point

Susan Martis, USA
Light, Obscurity and Symbolist Themes in American Sculpture, 1885-1920

4:30-4:45 pm

(Food and refreshments in the Solarium)

5:00-6:45 pm

Session 2
Liesbeth Grotenhuis, Holland

Anna Mazzanti, Italy
From the  "Fuoco" to the "Notturno". Light and Shade among the illustrators of D'Annunzio in the Symbolist graphic scene  in Italy

Lucia Mannini, Italy
Aspects of Symbolist interiors: Figures, Lights and Colors in Early 20th -century Italian Stained Glass

Cassandra Sciortino, USA
The Revival of Dante and Beatrice and the Taste for Florence in 19th Britain

Deborah Cibelli, USA
The Duality of Light in Rossetti's Ekphrastic Poems on Painting

6:45-7:45 pm


8:00-9:15 pm

Keynote speaker I
Dominique Jarrassé, Professor of Art History

University of Bordeaux and Ecole du Louvre, France Symbolist Sculpture Between Luminous Fluidity and Expressionist Shadows
(La sculpture symboliste entre fluidité lumineuse et ombres expressionnistes)


Thursday, April 26, 2012
Breakfast in the Dining Room 7:30 - 9:00 am

Session Times Sessions Details
9:00-11:00 am

Session 3
Moderator: Deborah Cibelli, USA

Britten LaRue, USA
The Androgyne, the Transvestite and the Faun, or How Aubrey Beardsley Created Hybrids out of Black and White

Rosina Neginsky, USA
Salome: Between Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley

Larry Shiner, USA
Is there a Symbolist Architecture?  Mackintosh and Gaudi

Kurt Rahmlow, USA
"The admiration one feels for something strange and uncanny": Edward Steichen, Continental Symbolism, and the 1905 London Photographic Salon

11:00 - 11:15 am BREAK
(Food and refreshments in the Solarium)
11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Session 4
Moderator: Carl Niekerk, USA

Olia Skonechnaya, Russia
F. Sologub: the Disease of Power as Poetics

Walter Geerts, Belgium
Symbolist Fiction: Enchanted, Disenchanted. On André Gide's début.

George Gasyna, USA
Conrad's Nostromo, concentrating on the figures and symbologies of nation/father/the people/the other

12:50-1:50 pm LUNCH
2:00-3:30 pm

Session 5
Moderator: George Gasyna, USA

Huseyin Altindis, USA/Turkey
Visual Patterns of Light and Dark in Faulkner's  "The Light in August"

Ethan Lewis, USA
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and The Object that is Desire

Nadja Berkovich, USA
An-sky's The Dybbuk: Demonic Possession, Desire, and Death

3:30- 3:45 pm BREAK
(Food and refreshments in the Solarium)
3:45-4:15 pm

Session 6
Moderator: Ethan Lewis, USA

Rachel Chalmers, USA
Nietzsche and Soloviev: Illuminating the Path to Overman

François Lachance-Provençal, Canada
Nietzsche's Aesthetics Against the Notion of "l'art pour l'art"
(Le coassement virtuose des grenouilles transies: L'esthétique intempestive de Nietzsche contre l'art pour l'art)

Brent Judd, USA
Light and Darkness in Kafka's "Hunger Artist" and Dostoyevsky's White Nights

6:00-7:00 pm


7:15-8:30 pm

Keynote speaker II
Liana De Girolami Cheney, Professor of Art History,
Chair of the Department of Cultural Studies,
University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
Edward Burne-Jones' The Sirens: Magical Whispers


Friday, April 27, 2012
Breakfast in the Dining Room 7:30 - 9:00 am

Session Times Sessions Details
9:00-10:30 am

Session 7
Moderator: Rosina Neginsky, USA

Natalia Gamalova, France
Coloured Lighting in the Poetry of Annenkij

Nicoletta Misler, Italy
The Symbolist Legacy of Modern Dance in Early Soviet Culture:
Obscurantism or Illumination?

Sue Prideaux, England
Strindberg and Symbolism

10:30 - 10:45 am

(Food and refreshments in the Solarium)

10:45 am -12:45pm Session 8
Moderator: Liana De Girolami Cheney, USA

Sarah Lippert, USA
Shadows of the Past: The Phantom of the Golden Age in the Work of Gustave Moreau

Michelle Facos, USA
Defining Nordic Symbolist Landscape Painting

Thor J. Mednick, USA
The Psyco-graphic Picture in Symbolist Art

Andrew Marvick, USA
Substantial formal links between certain key works of the Belgian Symbolist painter Fernand Khnopff and the early and middle production of the seminal non-objective artist Piet Mondrian

12:45-1:45 pm


1:50- 5:10 pm Trip to the U of Il campus, the library and museums
5:30 -7:00 pm Session 9
Moderator:  John Frayne, USA

Carl Niekerk, USA
Symbolism in Mahler's Second Symphony

Alexandra Kieffer, USA
Behind the Veil: Revealing the Exotic Body in Early Twentieth-Century French Music

Jean-Pierre Armengaud, France
Debussy: The symbolist touch in the playing of piano music

7:15-8:15 pm DINNER


Saturday, April 28, 2012
Breakfast in the Dining Room 7:30 - 9:00 am

Session Times Sessions Details
9:00-10:45 am

Session 10
Moderator: Michelle Facos, USA

Leslie Curtis, USA
Odilon Redon: The Mystic Knight and the Severed Head

Joelle Joffe, France
Blacks Odilon Redon, Shadow or Light?

Jonathan Perkins, USA
Fantastic Nature:  Associations between Paul Klee and Odilon Redon

Michael Croteau, USA
The Dream, the Wheel and the Crucible of Symbolism

10:45- 11:00 am BREAK
(Food and refreshments in the Solarium)
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Session 11
Moderator: Jonathan Perkins, USA

Slavkin Mary, USA
Dissident Aesthetics, Dissident Politics:Nationalist, Conservative, and Heterodox Currents in the Nabis

Allison Morehead, Canada
Maurice Denis and Symbolism in 1891

Maria Aivalioti, Greece/France
The fear of the darkness, the quest of the light: the representation of religious themes in the work of European symbolist painters

Serena Keshavjee, Canada
Emile Gallé and Aestheticization of the Scientific Process

1:00-2:00 pm LUNCH










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