Family Sagas

Date: 28 June (14:30-18:30) – 29 June 2017 (9:00-17:00)

Wednesday 28 June 

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14.30 – 15.00

Registration, coffee & refreshments (catered)

15.00 – 15.15

Welcome and introduction


15.15 – 16.15


Keynote Lecture chaired by Paul Rowe

Nicholas White (University of Cambridge)

Around 1870: Zola’s family saga and the birth of modern Europe

16.15 – 17.30


Chair: Alison Fell

Diana Holmes (University of Leeds)

A twenty-first century roman-fleuve? Nancy Huston’s Faultlines

Fiona Barclay (University of Stirling)

Representing history: the family saga in the literature of the French settlers of Algeria

Rachel Killick (University of Leeds)

‘Too much history, too little geography?’  Re/membering the Québécois nation in Michel Tremblay’s family sagas

17.30 – 18.30

Reception sponsored by the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA)


Conference dinner



Thursday 29 June

9.00 – 9.30

Coffee & refreshments (catered)


9.30 – 10.30


Keynote Lecture chaired by Christopher Homewood

Rachel Palfreyman (University of Nottingham)

Edgar Reitz’s Heimat sagas: gender, family, nation

10.30 – 11.20

Chair: Ingrid Sharp

Ingo Cornils (University of Leeds)

'Where I am, is Germany'. German family sagas in the 20th and 21st Century

Rose Simpson (Independent Scholar)

Eternal Germany for the Third Reich:

Ina Seidel’s novel Lennacker (1938)


Coffee & refreshments (catered)



11.35 – 12.50



Chair: Richard Hibbitt

Mark Allinson (University of Bristol)

An everyday tale of socialist folk: Neumann 2 x klingeln and the nation-building project in the German Democratic Republic

Cordula Böcking (National University of Ireland Maynooth)

Absent parents, absent children: the (im)possibility of closure in Weissensee

Stefanie Kreibich (Bangor University)

The demise of the GDR narrated through the family in Christian Schwochow’s Der Turm and Roland Suso Richter's Das Wunder von Berlin



Lunch break (catered)


14.00 – 15.00


Keynote Lecture chaired by Thea Pitman

Jobst Welge (Stockholm University)

The family saga in Latin America

 15.00 – 16.15


Chair: Olivia Santovetti

Marcin Filipowicz (University of Warsaw, University of Hradec Králové)

Memory of houses. Family sagas and family memories

Naomi Charlotte Fukuzawa (University College London)

Setsu Koizumi’s performative intercultural translation for Lafcadio Hearn’s Anglophone Japanese ghost stories / family sagas Kwaidan (1904)

Vincenzo Mele (University of Pisa)

From The Sopranos to Gomorra. A comparison between gangsters family sagas in American and Italian television series

16.15 – 17.00


Roundtable and final remarks


Conference sponsored by:

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (LCS, University of Leeds)
The Centre for World Literatures (LCS, University of Leeds)
The Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures (LCS, University of Leeds)
Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI, University of Leeds)
The British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA)