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Lectures de Tom Stoppard: Arcadia

Lectures de Tom Stoppard: Arcadia
Liliane Campos, Julie Vatain

Aloysia Rousseau
Christopher Innes
Daniel Keith Jernigan
Éloise Veyrières
Françoise Gillard
Joan MacIntosh
John Fleming
Joshua Nunn
Julie Vatain
Laurent Bury
Laurent Châtel
Liliane Campos
Lord May
R. Darren Gobert
Séverine Ruset


This work proposes a series of articles and essays as entryways into Stoppard’s erudite dramaturgy. The first part was consecrated to context. It studies the place of Arcadia in Stoppard’s work, before shedding some light on the aesthetics of English gardens, the character of Lord Byron and the scientific notions the author manipulates.


The second part proposes a series of explanations arising from thematic and formal issues, from the play’s group structure to its wordplay. Tackled issues range from epistemology to the connections between language and sexuality, the play’s complex temporal structure, the role played by objects or even the paradigm of translation and reversibility. A third part is dedicated to the play on-stage, in the form of essays and analyses. Theatrical Creation is here approached from the varied points of view of a scientific counterpart to Stoppard, an actress, a director and an audience member.

Essays / Study
Presses universitaires de Rennes (Collection: Didact Anglais)


Liliane Campos

A professor of Literary and Theatre Studies in the Department of Anglophone Studies at the University la Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, Liliane Campos is particularly interested in contemporary Anglophone literature, the biological perspective in literature and the intromissions of the living into contemporary art. She is also a lecturer in Anglophone and theatre studies.


In her own words: “My project explores the biological position taken by contemporary literature in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries from an aesthetic, epistemic and ethical point of view. My central hypothesis is that the images and discourses of the life sciences produce, in literature, a shifting of the scales, modifying our perception of the human. It is about measuring the hermeneutic role of these disruptions, the political issues they raise, and their effects on literary form. My personal research focuses on Anglophone literature, from the 1980s to the present day, and is part of a programme of meetings that address contemporary literature in an international and inter-artistic context.”

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