The topic of this colloquium, “Fossilization and Evolution,” is broadly conceived to encourage contributions from a wide range of disciplines and theoretical perspectives. Contributions dealing with how F&E enter into the literary discourse, visual rhetoric, political, social and personal realms of nineteenth-century France are particularly welcome. All abstracts will be considered.
General Theme: Fossilization and Evolution (Stasis and Progress)
Fossilization and Evolution are two competing concepts that define and are defined by the nineteenth century. The work of Cuvier generalized the study of fossils in the early nineteenth century before Balzac examined the social fossils of the Restoration. In linguistics as well, the scientific words fossilisation and fossiliser appear in 1832 followed by the expression moeurs fossilisées by 1845. Fossils of the ancien régime appear in literature throughout the nineteenth century while debris from the past fills up antiquary shops and novels. Ironically, the discovery of the cro magnon fossils in 1868 contributed to the popularity of an evolutionary model of human and social development. From Darwin’s naturalist theory to Taine’s and Comte’s sociological applications to Zola and Maupassant’s fiction, evolution came to mark scientific and artistic thought, particularly in the late nineteenth century.
Fossilization implies digging up the past, organizing the past and the present into static categories. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
* Types and Social Strata (Aristocracy, Bourgeoisie, Ouvrier, Femme et homme comme il faut, Commerçant, Forçat, Parisian, Provincial, etc.)
* Moeurs fossilisées
* Historical models (Pre-History, Antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance, etc.)
* Literary –isms
* Dead languages
* Idées reçues
* Underground (Subterranean, Subtextual, Subconscious)
* Historical Novel
* Le Démodé
* Cuvier, Balzac, Daumier, Mérimée, etc.
Evolution implies a biological progression as well as social, political, moral, linguistic and economic transformation. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
* Le Progrès
* Social mobility
* Darwin, Taine, Comte, Zola, Verne, Maupassant, etc.
Submissions for individual papers or sessions (for session proposals, each participant should submit their own abstract to be evaluated separately) may be in French or English and should be in the form of an abstract (250-300 words) sent as an e-mail attachment in Word® (.doc or .rtf preferred). The deadline for all submissions is 15 March 2009. Please indicate your A/V requirements on your abstract.
Colloquium Email: NCFS@byu.edu
Colloquium Organizers: Corry Cropper and Daryl Lee
The Colloquium will be held 22-24 Oct., 2009 in Salt Lake City