Jean-Michel Margot
President, North American Jules Verne Society

"Sailing the South Pacific with Jules & Paul Verne: The Kip Brothers" “Sailing the South Pacific with Jules & Paul Verne: The Kip Brothers

2 PM
April 10, 2008
Computer Sciences/Engineering Building (CSE), Room E119

Jules Verne’s 1902 crime drama The Kip Brothers, published in an English translation for the first time in 2007, tells the story of Karl and Pieter Kip, castaways on a barren South Sea island who are rescued by the brig James Cook. After helping to quell an onboard mutiny, they find themselves accused and convicted of the captain’s murder. Verne interweaves an exciting exploration of the geography and cultures of the South Pacific with a tale of judicial error influenced by events of the infamous Dreyfus Affair. The novel concludes with a courtroom dénouement that combines photography with science fiction melodrama, in one of Verne’s most surprising and intriguing endings.

Jean-Michel Margot is President of the North American Jules Verne Society and the author of more than 60 articles and editor of three scholarly books on Jules Verne. A specialist in Verne scholarship, his personal collection of scholarly writing on Verne is the largest in the world. In fall 2008, the Margot Collection will be installed as a permanent wing of the Maison d’Ailleurs (Yverdon, Switzerland), Europe’s foremost museum devoted to science fiction and utopian literatures. His lecture at UF is co-sponsored by the Department of English and the France-Florida Research Institute.

For more information, contact Terry Harpold at <tharpold@english.ufl.edu>.