20 Results For: Zola

Zola and the Victorians

In his time, Zola made his British contemporaries look pastoral; but it was his English publisher who bore the brunt of the moral outrage at Zola’s depictions of society. His ultimately tragic tale of translation and censorship remains relevant even … More

Zola and the Victorians by Eileen Horne

In his time, Zola made his English contemporaries, including Hardy and Dickens, look positively pastoral; much of his writing is considered shocking and transgressive even now.This book offers the untold story of Zola’s original reception in England.

Zola and Cinema

Fri 12 Jun

Since the early days of the cinema Zola’s novels have been a source of inspiration for successive directors, each offering their own, often highly personal, readings. A talk with Dr Russell Cousins (University of Birmingham). In English | £3, free … More


Zola’s Priests

Sat 21 Mar

With Dr Aude Campmas (University of Southampton), Professor Alison Finch (University of Cambridge), John Hackett (University of London) and Professor Patrick Pollard (University of London). Info & booking: chantalsmorel@googlemail.com


Zola and Vizetelly

Fri 20 Feb

Translator’s Nightmare or Nightmare of a Translator? With Dr Geoff Woollen (University of Glasgow) £3, free for members of the Emile Zola Society Info & booking: chantalsmorel@googlemail.com


Travelling by train with Emile Zola

Fri 29 Nov

This talk, organized by the Emile Zola Society London, will be chaired by Professeur Patrick Pollard, Birkbeck College. It will focus on the masterpiece that is La Bête humaine, which brillantly explored how the French society of the Second Empire … More


Zola & Manet

Fri 21 Jun

Following the great success of the Manet exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, this talk by Professor Robert Lethbridge, Master of Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge will deal with the relationship between Zola and Manet, as evidenced in Zola’s … More

Arts, Talks

Zola and Trollope

Fri 7 Dec

The Annual General Meeting of the Emile Zola Society will be followed by readings from the works of Emile Zola and Anthony Trollope, and by a discussion with Professor Valérie Minogue. A pre-Christmas drink will be offered. Fri 7 Dec, … More



Sun 5 May

French Classics

In the France of the second Empire, Etienne Lantier finds employment as a coal miner in a northern French town. When salaries are cut, the miners who grow tired of their harsh living conditions unite on a gruelling strike. Often … More


La Bête humaine

Sun 14 Apr

French Classics

Lantier is a train engineer who falls madly in love with his superior’s wife, Severine. When working one day, he witnesses them both murder their former employer. He decides not to say anything to save the woman he loves… Zola’s … More


Thérèse Raquin

Sun 15 Jul

Tribute to Marcel Carné

Winner of the Silver Lion in Venice in 1953, and starring Simone Signoret, Thérèse Raquin is a loose adaptation of Emile Zola’s eponymous novel. Bored out of her mind with a sickly husband and a domineering mother-in-law, Thérèse comes back … More


Oliver Emanuel on L’Assommoir – Reading Workshop

The playwright Oliver Emanuel explores L’Assommoir by French writer Emile Zola, part of its 20 volume series Les Rougon-Macquart, published in the 19th century. Come and talk about this masterpiece studying the effects of alcoholism and poverty.

Cézanne and I

Wed 17 Jan

Best of 2017

This 19th century period drama charts the long friendship and eventual fallout between impressionist artist Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Galienne), who was born into a wealthy family but struggled to make a living as a painter, and Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet), … More


24th French Film Festival

Thu 3 - Thu 10 Nov

Not that we are constantly waving the French flag, but it’s that time of the year again, when French cinema is celebrated UK-wide and especially at Ciné Lumière on the occasion of the 24th French Film Festival (at Ciné Lumière … More


Au Bonheur des dames

Sun 4 Jan

Au Bonheur des dames is a strikingly modern film and yet an elegy to silent filmmaking with its soaring camerawork, luminous decor, and stylish montage sequences. Based on Emile Zola’s novel, it describes the fate of a family tailor shop … More


Grand Central

Fri 12 - Tue 23 Sept

Featuring electrifying performances from Léa Seydoux and Tahar Rahim, Grand Central is a politically charged feature with the intensely satisfying narrative drive of a Zola novel. After a succession of odd jobs, Gary is taken on at a nuclear power … More


Napoléon III

Fri 6 Jun

An Illustrated Talk by David King Napoléon III sought asylum in England on several occasions during the reign of Queen Victoria, and soon after the 1870 ‘Débâcle’, he left for Chislehurst where he died in 1873. The talk will cover … More


Paris – Babylone: The Vices of Empire

Sat 22 Mar

This seminar, organised by the Emile Zola Society London, will celebrate the publication of the new translation of Zola’s Money (L’Argent) by Valérie Minogue, Professor Emeritus of the University of Wales. It will explore how this masterpiece has brillantly shown … More



Fri 15 Feb

It has often been said that Maxim’s would not be Maxim’s had it not taken root in the Rue Royale, a place of love and mirth. This famous café was founded in 1893 and has since had a central role … More