Reading and Reception Seminars: Dr Ann Lewis

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 04 February 2014

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'Intermedial Influence & Reception: Marivaux's La Vie de Marianne'

Marivaux’s novel, La Vie de Marianne (1731-42), was hugely influential in the eighteenth century (both in England and in France), provoking a large number of textual imitations and continuations, and leaving a significant mark on the eighteenth-century novel. This paper, however, will focus on a specific type of literary filiation which has been less explored: the relationship between text and image in different series of illustrations of the novel, and in the film adaptation Marianne directed by Benoît Jacquot (1995). Not only do these different transpositions suggest complex forms of reception of Marivaux’s text, but in their anticipation of and engagement with other media theatre, painting, illustration,cinema), they also provide a suggestive and rich interrogation of what it means to become a ‘spectacle’.  


Dr Ann Lewis is Lecturer in French at Birkbeck, University of London, and co-convenor of the Birkbeck Eighteenth-Century Research Group. Her research and teaching interests are in the field of eighteenth-century French literature and culture, and in particular, the topic of sensibility, notions of reception and reader-response, and word and image relations (especially illustration and adaptation). She is currently working on a series of articles relating to book illustration, and a monograph on the representation of the figure of the prostitute in eighteenth-century France, started during the tenure of a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. She is author of Sensibility, Reading and Illustration: Spectacles and Signs in Graffigny, Marivaux and Rousseau (Legenda, 2009), co-edited a volume entitled Prostitution and Eighteenth-Century Culture: Sex, Commerce and Morality with Markman Ellis in 2011 (Pickering & Chatto), and is currently co-organising a conference entitled ‘Adapting the Canon’ (October 2014).

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