Edmonton 2000

9th International Conference
Emile Zola and Naturalism
6th International Film Festival


University of Alberta Illustration

September 20-22, 2000


hosted by

University of Alberta, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies


Organizers:

Organizer-in-chief: Anna Gural-Migdal (University of Alberta, Canada)
Co-organizer: Carolyn Snipes-Hoyt (Middle Georgia College, USA)
Film Festival Organizer: Robert Singer (Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, USA)
Local Organizers: Edward Mozejko, Waclaw Osadnik, Massimo Verdicchio, Raleigh Whitinger (University of Alberta, Canada)

Sponsors:

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
University of Alberta:
Research Grants Office, Dept. of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, Dept. of Comparative Literature, Religion, and Film/Media Studies, English Dept., Canadian Centre for Austrian and Central European Studies
Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, Vancouver
Polish Culture Society of Edmonton
Canadian Polish Congress, Edmonton
Italian Institute of Culture, Vancouver
Public Relations:
University of Alberta, University of Calgary, City of Edmonton, City of Jasper


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

    8:00-9:00 AM REGISTRATION,
    Lister Hall Entrance

    9:00-9:30AM OPENING SPEECHES,
    Map Room

    Carolyn Snipes-Hoyt, Secretary of the AIZEN©

    Ken Norrie, Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta

    Nasrin Rahimieh, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta

    Don Bruce, Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta

    Grzegorz Swoboda, Consul, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, Vancouver

    Anna Gural-Migdal, President of the AIZEN©


(from left) Robert Singer, Don Bruce, Grzegorz Swoboda

    SECTION A

    9:30-11:30 AM, Map Room

Zola's Influence on French-speaking Naturalist Writers
President: Colette Becker

    Nelly Sanchez (University of Haifa, Israel): "Rachilde: détractrice et continuatrice du Naturalisme"

    Dominique Laporte (University of Manitoba, Canada): "L'influence de La Curée sur un roman décadent Les Hors nature (1897) de Rachilde"

    Philippe Chavasse (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, USA): "Dérive naturaliste: L'homme en amour"

    Pedro Paulo Catharina (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): "Huysmans critique de Zola"

    11:30 AM-1:00 PM LUNCH
    Faculty Club

    SECTION B

    1:15-1:45 PM, Map Room

Special Presentation: Zola the Novelist
President: Anna Gural-Migdal

    Guest Speaker: Colette Becker (University of Paris X-Nanterre, France): "Imagination, invention. L'esthétique zolienne à partir des dossiers préparatoires du romancier"


(from left) Brigitte Emile-Zola, Colette Becker, Geoffroy Place

SECTION C

1:45-3:15 PM, Map Room

Zola and Naturalism in Canada
President: Carolyn Snipes-Hoyt

    Eric Cahm (University of Tours, France): "Zola et l'Affaire Dreyfus vus du Canada au tournant du siècle"

    John McDowell (Canadian University College, Canada): "Atwood's 'Polarities,' Naturalism and Canadian Literature"

    Anna Gural-Migdal (University of Alberta, Canada): "Léolo de Jean-Claude Lauzon ou l'impossible exogamie"

    3:15-3:30 PM, BREAK

    SECTION D

    3:30-5:00 PM, Map Room

Naturalism as Concept
President: Pamela Wilson

    Filippo Salvatore (Concordia University, Canada): "La science en Europe à la fin du 19e siècle: Francesco de Sanctis et son interprétation de Zola et Darwin"

    Didier Maleuvre (University of California at Santa Barbara, USA): "Can We Believe Darwin?"

    Vijay J. Mascarenhas (Hunter College, CUNY, USA): "Can Consciousness Be Naturalized?"


6:00-7:00 PM OPENING AIZEN COCKTAIL, STUDENT LOUNGE, ARTS BUILDING

Special Presentation: 75th Anniversary of the Death of the Polish Writer Wladyslaw S. Reymont (Nobel Prize in Literature, 1924)
President: Karol Krotki

Guest Speaker: Robert Walenciak, Journalist ("Przeglad", Poland): "L'influence de Zola sur les romans les plus connus de Reymont: La Terre promise et Les Paysans"



(from left) Halina Madej, Grzegorz Swoboda, Anna Gural-Migdal, Karol Krotki, Robert Walenciak


    SECTION E (Wednesday, September 20)

    9:30-11:30 AM, Alberta Room

Women and Society in Naturalist Fiction
President: Gilbert Darbouze

    Pilar V. Rotella (Chapman University, USA): "Naturalism, Regionalism, Feminism: The Rural Stories of Emilia Pardo Bazán and Catarina Albert i Paradís"

    Cristina Ruiz Serrano (University of Alberta, Canada): "El personaje femenino y su situación social en Los pazos de Ulloa de Emilia Pardo Bazán y La Montálvez de José María de Pereda"

    Pauline Willis (University of Calgary, Canada): "Comestibles et commérages dans Le Ventre de Paris"

    Holly Woodson Waddell (Northwestern University, USA): "Venus in the Gutter: The Theatrics of Social Decline in Zola's Nana"

    11:30-1:00 PM LUNCH

    SECTION F

    1:45-3:15 PM, Alberta Room

Laughter and Madness in Zola's Writing
President: Massimo Verdicchio


    Mario Petrone (University of Naples, Italy): "Le rire et le délire dans La Faute de l'abbé Mouret et Le Docteur Pascal de Zola"

    Jeremy D. Worth (University of Western Ontario, Canada): "L'enfant-adulte/adulte-enfant, présage du néant"

    Carmen Mayer-Robin (University of Oregon, USA): "Crepitus se fait entendre: Scatological Humor and Naturalism in Flaubert's La Tentation de saint Antoine"

    3:15-3:30 PM BREAK

    SECTION G

    3:30-5:00 PM, Alberta Room

Writing the Object in French Naturalist Fiction
President: Dominique Perron

    Mihaela Marin (Ohio State University, USA): "Zola et la poétique du pittoresque: Femme-plante ou femme-pierre?"

    Danielle Bishop (University of Plymouth, UK): "To Burn But Not Be Burnt: The Corset in Zola's Novels"

    Ruth Schurch-Halas (University of Calgary, Canada): "Les Goncourt et Zola, collectionneurs du détail pathologique"


(from left) Carolyn Snipes-Hoyt, Ruth Schurch-Halas, Pauline Willis, Dominique Perron

Naturalist Film Festival

    6:45-9:45 PM, Room 301

    LEOLO (Jean-Claude Lauzon, 1993, Canada, 107 min., in French with English subtitles)
    This is an off-beat, dark drama about a French Canadian boy growing up in a severely dysfunctional family, an unusual and very popular coming-of-age tale with a naturalist essence.

    NIGHT ZOO (Jean-Claude Lauzon, 1987, Canada, 115 min., in French with English subtitles)
    Brutal, dark, hard-boiled Canadian crime thriller about a father and son involved in a drug heist. A violent and sexual film that explores the ideas of inherited criminality and environmental causality.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

    SECTION H

    8:30-10:30 AM, Map Room

Zola and Other European Writers
President: Edward Mozejko

    Boris Hlynsky (USA): "Some Influences of Emile Zola on Ivan Franko"

    Nicholas Ruddick (University of Regina, Canada): "The Ripper's Shadow: Gynecidal Mania in Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata and Zola's La Bête humaine"

    Wojciech Tomasik (University of Bydgoszcz, Poland): "The Crazy Locomotive: Witkacy versus Zola"

    Gian Carlo Menichelli (University of Naples, Italy): "D'Annunzio et Zola"

    10:30-10:45 AM BREAK

    SECTION I

    10:45-12:15 AM, Map Room

Zola's Short Stories
President: Alain Pagès

    Olga Kronmeyer (Liberty University, USA): "The Overthrow of Myth in Zola's 'The Attack on the Mill'"

    Marjolein van Tooren (Free University, The Netherlands): "'Angeline' et 'Madame Sourdis': Deux récits brefs de Zola, deux regards critiques sur la littérature fantastique et la peinture romantique"

    Kelly Benoudis Basilio (University of Lisbon, Portugal): "Pour une typologie du conte naturaliste zolien"


(from left) Margot Versteeg, Esther Hoogstaden, Marjolein van Tooren

    12:15-1:15 PM LUNCH

    SECTION J

    1:15-1:45 PM, Map Room

Special Presentation: Zola and the 20th Century
President: Eric Cahm

    Guest Speaker: Alain Pagès (University of Reims, France), "Le retour à Zola (1931-1932)"


(from left) Colette Becker, Anna Gural-Migdal, Robert Singer, Alain Pagès

    SECTION K

    1:45-3:15 PM, Map Room

History, Ideology, Utopia and Politics in Naturalist Fiction
President: Janice Best

    Francis Lacoste (University of Sousse, Tunisia): "Zola et le personnel politique de la Troisième République"

    Krystof Haavik (University of Botswana, Botswana): "Zola's Microcosmic Villages: Images of Hope?"

    Ester J. Hoogstaden (Ohio State University, USA): "Le genre narratif comme réflexion sur l'histoire: une étude des oeuvres de Flaubert et Zola"

    3:15-3:30 PM BREAK

    SECTION L

    3:30-5:00 PM, Map Room

Panel: Naturalism and Voyeurism
Organizer and President: Juan Pablo Spicer-Escalante

    Juan Pablo Spicer-Escalante (Oakland University, USA): "Patriarchy and Voyeurism: The Art of Visual Possession and Rejection in Eugenio Cambaceres' Sin rumbo (1885)"

    Juliana Starr (Christian Brothers University, USA): "Men Looking at Art: Aesthetic Voyeurism in Two Novels by Emile Zola"

    Pierre Coudert (Assumption College, USA):"Naturalisme et voyeurisme dans Marthe, histoire d'une fille et Les Soeurs Vatard de J.-K. Huysmans"


    SECTION M

    8:30-10:30 AM, Alberta Room

Critical Reception of Zola around the World
President: Richard Young

    Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Kirsten MacLeod (University of Alberta, Canada): "The Trials of Naturalism: Zola in the British Literary and Cultural Imagination of the fin de siècle"

    Chantal Morel (Institut Français de Londres, UK): "Travail: Labor of Love or Love of Labor"

    Margot Versteeg (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands): "El naturalismo huele y no a rosas: la recepción crítica del naturalismo en la revista Madrid Cómico"

    Ligia Vassalo (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): "Le projet Rougon-Macquart et sa lecture brésilienne"


(from left) Pedro Paulo Catharina, Ligia Vassalo

    10:30-10:45 AM BREAK

    SECTION N

    10:45-12:15 PM, Alberta Room

Naturalist Writers and Painting
President: Jurate Kaminskas

    Hélène Poiré (Université Laval, Canada): "Peindre comme on écrit: La Nature vraie de L'Oeuvre (1885-1886) chez Zola"

    Sayeeda H. Mamoon (Edgewood College, USA): "Mirroring Feminity: Specular Images and Self-Reflexivity in Zola, Manet, Morisot, and Cassatt"

    Halina Suwala (University of Warsaw, Poland): "Maupassant 'salonnier'"

    12:15-1:15 PM LUNCH

    SECTION O

    1:45-3:15 PM, Alberta Room

Naturalism in Film and the Media
President: Russell Cousins

    Wieslaw Godzic (Jagiellonian University, Poland): "The Concept of 'Naturalism' in Recent TV, Video Games, and Cyber Art"

    Andrzej Pitrus (Jagiellonian University, Poland): "The Case of Pekosiñski: Film as Therapy"

    Klaus Peter Walter (University of Passau, Germany): "Le discours naturaliste et sa transposition à l'écran entre le muet et le sonore: les adaptations de Au Bonheur des Dames par J. Duvivier (1929) et A. Cayatte (1943)"


    (from left) Aleksander Ablamowicz, Emil Tokarz, Wieslaw Godzic, Christophe Kozak, Bozena Tokarz

    3:15-3:30 PM, BREAK

    SECTION P

    3:30-5:00 PM, Alberta Room

Hispanic and Spanish Naturalism
President: Claudine Potvin

    Richard Young (University of Alberta, Canada): "Naturalism and Racism in South America: Jorge Icaza's Huasipungo"

    José Antonio Ramos (Boston College, USA): "Naturalismo romántico y modernista en los cuentos de Baldomero Lillo, Javier de Viana y Augusto d'Halmar"

    Jeffrey Oxford (University of North Texas, USA): "Blasco Ibáñez's Misogynist Predeterminism"


6:00-7:30 PM COCKTAIL, Sorrentino, Varscona Hotel

Special Presentation: "Zola et ses enfants"
President: Linda Beane Katner
Guest Speaker: Brigitte Emile-Zola, M.D., France
Presentation of the AIZEN Award for the Best Graduate Student Paper

ITALIAN NATURALIST SUPPER, Sorrentino, Varscona Hotel



FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

    SECTION Q

    8:30-10:30 AM, Map Room

Naturalism in Central Europe
President: Raleigh Whitinger

    Sigfrid Hoefert (University of Waterloo, Canada): "Gerhart Hauptmann's Impact on the Work of Other Writers in the German Heartland and Abroad"

    Werner Michler (University of Vienna, Austria): "Was There an Austrian Naturalism and if so, What Was It?"

    Karl Wagner (University of Vienna, Austria): "(Anti-) Naturalist Tendencies in Austrian Literature"

    Bozena Tokarz (University of Silesia, Poland): "Les continuations polonaises du biologisme d'Emile Zola"


(from left) Sigfrid Hoefert, Karl Wagner, Anna Gural-Migdal, Raleigh Whitinger, Bozena Tokarz, Werner Michler

    10:30-10:45 AM BREAK

    SECTION R

    10:45-12:15 PM, Map Room

Naturalism and Other Literary Movements
President: Natalia Pylypiuk

    Arturo Larcati (University of Salzburg, Austria): "L'héritage de Zola dans l'expressionnisme allemand"

    Aleksander Ablamowicz (University of Silesia, Poland): "Les sources naturalistes du réalisme socialiste en Pologne"

    Vasily M. Tolmatchoff (Lomonosov State University of Moscow, Russia): "A Typology of Naturalism and the Problem of Romantic Culture"

    12:15-1:15 PM LUNCH

    SECTION S

    1:15-2:45 PM, Map Room

Panel: A Rebours: Naturalism as Anti-Model in Turn-of-the-Century Europe
Organizer and President: Elizabeth Emery

    Richard Shryock (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA): "Symbolism and Naturalism: 'frères ennemis'"

    Holly Haahr (Yeshiva University, USA): "Laforgue on Zola, or 'les suites de la piété filiale'"

    Sara Ogger (Montclair State University, USA): "On the Symbolist Roots of Georg Lukacs' Naturalism"


    (from left) Nelly Sanchez, Jose Antonio Ramos, Juan Spicer-Escalante, Sara Ogger, Holly Haahr, Sayeeda Mamoon

    2:45-3:00 PM BREAK

    SECTION T

    10:45-12:15 PM, Map Room

Discursive and Narrative Strategies in Zola's Text
President: Mihaela Marin

    Dominique Perron (University of Calgary, Canada): "L'exaspération scripturale dans Au Bonheur des Dames: l'étalage des étalages"

    Marie-Françoise Delaneuville-Shideler (Carleton University, Canada): "Camouflage et subjugation de la femme dans L'Argent de Zola et Huis clos de Sartre"

    Lisa Ng (University of Calgary, Canada): "L'écriture du hasard dans Germinal et L'Assommoir"

    Iole Checcone (Youngstown State University, USA): "Document as Fiction: mimetic device or naturalist lure"


    SECTION U

    8:30-10:30 AM, Alberta Room

Cinematic Variations on Zola's Themes (with special screenings)
President: Robert Singer


    Gilbert Darbouze (Bloomsburg University, USA): "L'amour à mort dans Thérèse Raquin d'Emile Zola et Le Facteur sonne toujours deux fois par James Mallahan Cain"

    Tony Williams (Southern Illinois University, USA): "George A. Romero, Dawn of the Dead, Au Bonheur des Dames and Cinematic Naturalism"

    Russell Cousins (University of Birmingham, UK): "A qui La Faute...? Re-Subverting the Subversive: Franju's Reworking of Zola's Garden Eden Story"


(from left) Russell Cousins, Tony Williams

    10:30-10:45 AM BREAK

    SECTION V

    10:45-12:15 PM, Alberta Room

From Text to the Visual
President: Marie-Sophie Armstrong

    Janice Best (Acadia University, Canada): "Souvarine: le nihiliste désamorcé"

    Florence Fix (University of Bourgogne, France): "'Adapter' Le Ventre de Paris: théâtre ou cinéma?"

    Miriella Melara (University of Nevada at Reno, USA): "Zola's 'photographies expérimentales'"

    12:15-1:15 PM LUNCH

    SECTION W

    1:15-2:45 PM, Alberta Room

    Jurate Kaminskas (Queen's University, Canada): "De la séduction et du pouvoir: Son Excellence Eugène Rougon"

    Marie-Sophie Armstrong (Lehigh University, USA): "Drôle de repas de famille; Totem et tabou dans La Fortune des Rougon"

    Christopher Rivers (Mount Holyoke College, USA): "Improbable Prescience: Emile Zola and the Origins of Homosexuality"

Naturalist Film Festival

    6:15-10:00 PM, Arts 106

    THE SAVAGE WOMAN (Lea Pool, 1991, Canada, 100 min., in French with English subtitles)
    Moody, ironically titled cinematic exploration of a woman who has given up civilization's constraints and who now lives in the Swiss wilderness. This is an intelligent yet melancholy feminist film text, quite different from mainstream efforts regarding "liberation."

    CANADA'S SWEETHEART (Donald Brittain, 1985, Canada, 115 min., in English)
    A fascinating, factual film about corruption in Canadian trade unions. This is no "sweetheart" story; the labor leader portrayed in this film is as dangerous as a trapped shark. The film reminds viewers of the Jimmy Hoffa-era in American labor politics.

    2:45-3:00 PM BREAK


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