Art and the Literary in Victorian England


Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following:

The Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies Annual Public Lecture
‘Art and the Literary in Victorian England’ Presented by Hilary Fraser
11 March 2013 in AG32: 6pm Wine Reception; 7pm Lecture.  All are welcome!

This lecture explores the creative dialogue between practices of writing, reading and viewing in the Victorian period evident from the proliferation of new or greatly enhanced intermedial forms: illustrated books and magazines; narrative and genre paintings; pictures with accompanying texts; the portrait as an experimental literary form; fiction about art; ekphrastic poetry; and the new genre of art literature. It asks what were the historical conditions for this extraordinary syncopation of word and image, writing and seeing? How do we understand the dynamically transformative contexts (a vastly expanding periodical press, new and diversified exhibition cultures, widening opportunities for travel) within which such visual/textual hybrids and doublings were produced and consumed, and in what ways were they constitutive of modernity? The lecture reflects upon ‘visuality’ as a nineteenth-century coinage, and the concept of ‘translation’ between media, discussing work by Frederick Leighton, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, Walter Pater, and Oscar Wilde.

Hilary Fraser holds the Geoffrey Tillotson Chair of Nineteenth-Century Studies and is Dean of Arts at Birkbeck, University of London. Her books include Beauty and Belief: Aesthetics and Religion in Victorian Literature (1986), The Victorians and Renaissance Italy (1992), English Prose of the Nineteenth Century (with Daniel Brown,1997) and Gender and the Victorian Periodical (with Stephanie Green and Judith Johnston, 2003). She is Director of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Birkbeck, and was the founding editor of its electronic journal 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century. She is completing a monograph on women writing about art in the nineteenth century.

For more information contact Heather Jones at, tel: 0113 2837126.

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