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Dr Elodie Duché will present a paper entitled: ‘Prisoner of war libraries during the Napoleonic conflicts’

The Napoleonic Wars were a period of heightened mobility: not only regiments, but civilians, commodities and ideas travelled on a transnational if not global scale during the period. Prisoners of war were at the forefront of this transit, having been forcibly displaced by war itself. By looking at the movements of these captives, and the readings that accompanied their journeys, we can get a better understanding of the importance and experience of coerced mobility during the conflict. Some work has already been done in that direction, yet the scholarship has thus far focused on the case of French prisoners of war in Britain. This paper aims to shift the perspective by looking at the neglected itineraries and readings of an estimated 16,000 British prisoners of war in Napoleonic France and Mauritius. Drawing on inventories of the Franco-British library established by British captives in Verdun, along with various ego-documents kept by the prisoners themselves – such as common-place books and diaries –, the paper intends to highlight how these prisoners found themselves at the confluence of local, national, imperial and transnational reading worlds during a decade of imprisonment. A study of the books and stories that travelled with them reveals the complex contacts they made in war captivity through the practice of reading and discussing texts.



Dr Elodie Duché is a Lecturer in Modern British and European History (18th -19th c.) at York St John University. She joined the History team in 2015. She completed a PhD at the University of Warwick on British prisoners of war on parole in Napoleonic France. Her current research project focuses on the cultural and social significance of war captivity on parole in the early nineteenth centry. She has published aspects of her research in both English and French, particularly on topics including gender in Napoleonic war captivity, transnational charity networks for prisoners of war, and the visual and material culture of Napoleonic captivity (see list of publications).

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Please find below the details of all the seminars in the series- please do let us know if you are planning to attend by registering your interest on Eventbrite (search for HRP Research Seminars 2018):

31st Jan (Week 2): Joanna Starzynski (YSJU, History) ‘Archival Footage: Community, Identity, Methodology’

14th Feb (Week 4): Dr Adam Smith (YSJU, Literature and Liberal Arts) Secular and spiritual synergies in the writing of James Montgomery, the radical poet behind ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’

28th Feb: Stuart Jesson (YSJU, Theology & Religious Studies) 'Should we Love the World?* Nietzsche and Weil on Affirmation’

14th Mar (Week 8): Revd Dr John Williams (YSJU, Theology) ‘Ecclesianarchy: Excursions into Deconstructive Church’

18th Apr (Week 10): Dr Yuhong Ma (YSJU) Chinese Traditional Confucian Women’s Virtue Education in the Vision of the Heavenly Way

1st May (Week 12) Professor David Clough (University of Chester, Theological Ethics) 'Eating Peaceably: Christianity and Veganism'

2nd May (Week 12): Dr Elodie Duché (YSJU, History) ‘Prisoner of war libraries and the movement of books during the Napoleonic conflicts’

16th May (Week 14): Dr Karen Schaller (UEA, Literature) Rubbing: On Feminine Diligence and Masculine Shine

6th June: Dr Laura Joyce (University of East Anglia, Crime Writing) Luminol Theory’

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