Collections and Compilations

18 March 2008 - 19 March 2008



Convenors:  Dr Emma Wilson (University of Cambridge)
                       Dr Emma Gilby (University of Cambridge)  

This conference fosters Anglo-French interest in collection and compilation as literary and linguistic activities and in the end-products of these activities. The conference springs from, and seeks to strengthen, the formation of an international research network spanning the English and French departments of both the University of Cambridge and the ENS at Lyon and to bring the current interests of the members of these departments into productive contact with the work of other scholars. It looks both to use and to re-examine, from these Anglo-French perspectives, the way that the history of the book has transformed our perception of the material text. From the codex to the computer print-out, we can make sense of texts as the products of collection and compilation.

With the advent of printing, publishers come to define themselves by their 'collections'. Looking at the 'collection' in publishing involves a consideration of how continuity or totality is established in part or all of a particular publisher's output, and what the effects of this are. This concern runs from the beginnings of printers' specialisations in particular genres or themes, to the first publications of individual authors' complete works (collected works denoting collective esteem), to series that were themed in particular ways (generic, thematic) or on particular grounds (erudite, commercial).

We encourage a particular focus on the role played by small presses in constructing innovative stylistic or aesthetic positions in the twentieth century and to the present day. Our comparative interest encompasses the printing and publishing of French collections in Great Britain, and similarly the translations into French of English texts. Political discontents, as well as the movements between countries of an educated public, produce �migr� groupings with their own linguistic needs and their own demands for reading matter. Public censorship can also force private collections, and the intimate circulation of these in turn forces a consideration of the very distinctions between 'public' and 'private', 'professional' and 'amateur'. But collection can be haphazard or unpredictable as well as deliberate. The process of collection can be set off in response to whimsy as well as needs or desires. Compilations and taxonomies can be confused or ill-considered in scope and ambition as well as judiciously put together. And collection and compilations have by-products as well as end-products: the unpublished, rejected, uncited. An interest in collection and compilations can be coupled with an interest in what is left behind, in what simply collects in forgotten places.

Most conference papers will be presented in French, but discussions will be conducted in both French and English. 

This conference has been organised with support from the French Embassy and CRASSH.



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Collections and Compilations


Location : CRASSH Date : 18-19 March 2008

Tuesday 18 March


9.30 - 10.00


10.00 - 11.00

Chair: Lacy Rumsey

Anne Moeglin-Delcroix (Professeur de philosophie de l’art à l’UFR  de philosophie de l’université de Paris

 Parmi le blanc du papier: Blank artists



Coffee Break 


Chair: Sarah Cain

Jean Khalfa (Trinity College, Cambridge)The disproportionate impact of a small press: Petithory

Jennifer Higgins (New Hall, Cambridge)
 Collection and Intersection: John Gray’s ‘Silverpoints’

 Mari Jones (Department of French, Cambridge)
The Martin Manuscript: an unpublished archive of Guernsey Norman French




Chair:  Philip Ford 

Florent Coste (postgraduate, ancien élève de l’ENS-LSH)
La ‘compilatio’ à l’époque scolastique: le cas de la ‘Légende dorée’ de Jacques de Voragine.

Frédéric Gabriel (chargé de recherches au CNRS)
Collectionner les saints: hagiographie, identité et compilations dans les    collections non-bollandistes’

Christine de Buzon (ENS-LSH, CERPHI)
Amadis de Gaule en français: continuation Romanesque, collection, compilation

15.30 - 16.00 



Chair: Anna Elsner

 Neil Kenny (Department of French, Cambridge)
 Collecting and narrating: early modern travel writing

Sonya Stephens (Department of French and Italian, Indiana University, Bloomington) Bouvard, Pécuchet and the collection of rock samples, or “il ne faut pas croire aux divisions géologiques”.

Amanda Dennis (Department of French, Cambridge and Berkeley)
 The Pressure of Memory: Media, Memory and Perception in Derrida’s   ‘Mal d’Archive’



Wednesday 19 March


9.30 - 11.00

 Chair: Emma Gilby

Christopher Burlinson (Emmanuel College, Cambridge)
“Here’s many an author torne in many pieces”: collecting and fragmentariness in seventeenth-century manuscript miscellanies

 Wendy Ayres-Bennett (Department of French, Cambridge) and Dr Magali Seijido (Department of French, Cambridge)
Les compilations raisonnées des Remarques et Observations sur la langue française

Cecil Courtney (Department of French, Cambridge)
Rediscovering Raynal’s Histoire Philosophiques des deux Indes


11.00 - 11.30

Coffee Break


Chair: Wendy Bennett

Michel Jourde (ENS-LSH, CERPHI)
Intertextualité et publicité: les publications de Jean de Tournes

Martine Furno (Grenoble 3, CERPHI)
Les publications de Robert Estienne sont-elles une oeuvre?

 Raphaelle Mouren (ENSSIB)
 Les Oeuvres completes des érudits du XVIe siècle




Chair:  Nicolas Cronk
Joanna Eastwood (Faculty of English, Cambridge)
 Diplomacy and international literary exchange

Dominique Varry (Professeur des universités à l’ENSSIB)
 L’Utilisation de la fausse adresse Londres au XVIIIe siècle


15.00 - 16.00 

Chair:  Cecil Courtney

Simon Burrows (School of History, Leeds)
 French exile publishing and bookselling in London, 1760-1815

Catherine Volpilhac-Auger (ENS-LSH, CERPHI/Department of French, Cambridge)
Des oeuvres incomplètes: les oeuvres de Montesquieu


Tea Break 


Chair: Catherine Volpilhac-Auger

 Philip Stewart (Department of Romance Studies, Duke University)
 Collection et Illustration