Provisional programme

This provisional programme is subject to change


Stevenson and Pleasure

Université Bordeaux Montaigne

18th - 20th June 2020


All sessions will take place at the “Maison de la Recherche” on the Pessac Campus (get off Tram B at the Montaigne-Montesquieu stop).


Wednesday 17th June: Film evening at Cinéma Jean Eustache in Pessac (subject to confirmation).


Thursday 18th June


9h00 – 9h30. Opening address by Nathalie Jaëck (CLIMAS) and Lesley Graham (LACES).


9h3010h30. Keynote address. Jean-Pierre Naugrette (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3): ‘Stevenson and the pleasure of nightmares’.


10h30. Coffee break.


11h00 – 12h30. Session 1. Pleasure and the art of fiction (salle des thèses).


  • Richard Dury (Honorary fellow, University of Edinburgh): ‘Stevenson and Charm’.
  • Richard Ambrosini (Universitá di Roma 3): ‘R. L. Stevenson and Henry James's arts of fiction’.
  • Robert Louis Abrahamson (University of Maryland): ‘The Pleasures of a Literary Vagrant’.


12h30. Presentation of the the European Cultural Route ‘In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson’, followed by an apéritif.


13h00 – 14h00.  Lunch (buffet on site).


14h00 – 16h00. Session 2. Travel and the pleasures of the map (salle 33).


  • Xavier Amelot (Université Bordeaux Montaigne): ‘Itinérance cartographique et plaisir du texte’.
  • Martin White (European Cultural Route): ‘The Hunting of the Snark Skelt’.
  • Andrew Brown and Hervé Gournay (Société Historique de Maroilles): ‘Robert Louis Stevenson and Pleasure in An Inland Voyage’.
  • Kévin Cristin (Aix-Marseille Université): ‘An “invalid marching to and fro upon the roads”: pleasure and exertion in Robert Louis Stevenson’s early travel narratives’.


16h00 – 16h30. Coffee break.


16h30 – 18h00. Session 3A. Linguistic pleasures (salle des thèses).


  • Kate Ashley (Acadia University, Canada): ‘Stevenson’s Comic Calques / La Comédie des calques chez Stevenson’.
  • Caroline Crépin (Université de Lyon 3 et Paris 10): ‘Seeking and hiding: the linguistic concealment of pleasure in R. L. Stevenson’s work’.
  • Neil Macara Brown (Independent scholar): ‘Making Hays on the beach: fun in names, and other frolics, in The Ebb Tide’.


16h30 – 18h00. Session 3B. Pleasure and Childhood (Salle 33).


  • Audrey Murfin (Sam Houston State University): ‘Pleasure for Profit: Opium in The Wrecker.’
  • Mark J. Sanderson (Independent scholar): ‘”If studious youth no longer crave”: Is Treasure Island relevant for young people in the 21st Century?’
  • Maki Sadahiro (Meijigakuin University, Japan): ‘Management of Pleasure: R. L. Stevenson and the Construction of American Children’s Literature’.


19h00. Cocktail reception.


Vendredi 19 juin 2020


9h00 – 10h30. Session 4. The Pleasures of the Shorter Text.


  • Burkhard Niederhoff (Ruhr University Bochum): ‘The Pleasure of the Intertext: Aesthetic Self-Fashioning in “Providence and the Guitar”’.
  • Lena Linne (Ruhr University Bochum): ‘[A] gaming-table, a duel, and a Roman amphitheatre”? Pleasure and the Suicide Club’.
  • Patrick Antoniol (chercheur indépendant Société Historique de Maroilles ; ancien membre du centre de recherche en littérature Roman 20/50 Lille III): ‘Jeux de lecture, "je" de l'écriture, fictions de classe: où est le corps du plaisir?’


10h30. Coffee break.


11h00 – 13h00. Session 5. The pleasures of the text.


  • Penny Fielding (University of Edinburgh): ‘Guilty Pleasures: Stevenson and Popular Fiction’.
  • Stéphanie Ravez (Université Bordeaux Montaigne): ‘A Dog’s Life: Pleasure and Conscience in Stevenson’s Underwoods’.
  • Duncan Milne (Napier University): ‘Pleasure and the Pre-Modernist:  Generic Ambivalence in The Master of Ballantrae’.
  • Glenda Norquay (Liverpool John Moores University): ‘Stevenson and “The Pleasures of Performance”’.



13h00 – 14h00. Buffet lunch.


13h30. 'An Apology for Idlers': a presentation with a dramatic reading by Robert-Louis Abrahamson and Richard Dury outside the Maison de la recherche.


14h00 – 16h00. Session 6. Pleasure and literary correspondence/collaboration.


  • Hilary J Beattie (Columbia University, NY): ‘The pleasures and the perils of collaboration: Robert Louis Stevenson, Belle Strong and Graham Balfour, in Samoa and beyond’.
  • Michael Shaw (University of Stirling): ‘‘‘Tis Then There Would be Larks”: The Imagined Meetings of Robert Louis Stevenson and J. M. Barrie’.
  • Thomson Moore Prentice (independent scholar): ‘Love In The Time Of Calvinism: The Romantic Dilemmas Of Robert Louis Stevenson’.
  • Mafalda Cipollone (Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio dell'Umbria, Perugi): ‘I was quite out of my mind with delight. The Mentonese letters’.


16h00 – 16h30. Coffee break.


16h30 – 18h00. Session 7A. Regulating pleasure (salle des thèses).


  • Adam Kozaczka (Texas A&M International University): ‘Reenacting the “Excitements” of Eighteenth-Century Scots Law in Stevenson’s Historical Novels.
  • Matthew Kaiser (University of California, Merced): ‘The Anti-Eugenic Pleasures of Robert Louis Stevenson’.
  • Lucio de Capitani (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice): ‘“Greedy of all Pleasures”/ “Divinely Free from Malice”: Enjoyment and Ethics in Stevenson and Melville’.


16h30 – 18h00. Session 7B. Thrilling pleasures (salle 033).


  • Linda Dryden (Napier University): “‘I had learned to dwell with pleasure, as a beloved daydream, on the thought of the separation of these elements’: The thrill of being Mr Hyde”.
  • Gilles Ménégaldo (Université de Poitiers): ‘Dreadful Pleasures in Some Filmic Adaptations of "The Body Snatcher" (1881) and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886)’
  • Mathilde Giret (Université Bordeaux Montaigne): ‘Science is the New Religion : Re-thinking Pleasure through Science in Stevenson’s Tales of Terror’.


20h. Conference dinner, restaurant “La Belle Époque” (registration required).


Saturday 20th June


9h30 – 10h30. Keynote address: Michel Le Bris.


10h30. Coffee break.


11h00 – 13h00. Session 8A. The Pleasures of the Pacific (Salle des theses).


  • Catherine Mathews (Independent Scholar and lawyer, Sydney, Australia): ‘The ‘Splendid Gift’, the ‘Exquisite Pleasure’ and ‘the Lesson of’ the Road of Gratitude (the Road of Loving Hearts): Robert Louis Stevenson’s Address to the Samoan Chiefs, Vailima (7 October 1894)’.
  • Sylvie Ortega (University of Tahiti): ‘The Beach of Falesá – the pleasure of writing/reading’.
  • Jacqueline Dillion (Pepperdine University): ‘“My Conscience Smote Me”: The Shames of Pleasure in The Beach of Falesá’.
  • Tim Hayes (Chowan University, North Carolina): ‘The problem with Huish: Class Prejudice and disgust in The Ebb-Tide’.


11h00 – 13h00. Session 8B. Pleasures and Popular Culture (Salle 033).


  • Jean-Paul Gabilliet (Université Bordeaux Montaigne): ‘How Charles Crumb’s childhood obsession with Stevenson’s Treasure Island finally drove him crazy’.
  • Nicolas Labarre (Université Bordeaux Montaigne): ‘Playing the classics? The strange case of the Jekyll and Hyde video game adaptations’.
  • Nicolas Champ (Université Bordeaux Montaigne): ‘Le plaisir de l’adaptation de Treasure Island’.
  • Lionel Larré (Université Bordeaux Montaigne): ‘Guilty pleasures and representing the Indians’.


13h00 – 14h00. Lunch (buffet on site).


14h. Excursion to Saint-Emilion (registration required).

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