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The Fleshly School: Matter in Books and Bodies in the Work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti
May 4, 2009 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Nancy Rose Marshall
Resident Fellow (2008-2009)
Art History, UW-Madison
Focusing on one case study, a picture by British poet-painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, this talk explores the rapidly shifting understandings of the mind-body relationship in the Victorian era. Working with certain new conceptions of matter, Rossetti’s painting constituted a particular type of embodied viewer, and, like his poetry, reoriented the hierarchy of matter and spirit in controversial ways. In its examination of this hierarchy, the talk also considers the current state of the field of art history.
A UW-Madison Resident Fellow at the Institute, Nancy Rose Marshall is an associate professor in the Art History Department at UW-Madison, where she teaches nineteenth-century French and British Visual Culture and specializes in Victorian Britain. Her book City of Gold and Mud: Representing Victorian London is forthcoming from Yale University Press.