Perry, Lara (2011) Wearing it lightly? Writers, writing and the educated woman in nineteenth century portraiture In: Understanding British Portraits Seminar, 1 November 2011, National Portrait Gallery, London. (Unpublished)
Portraits of Victorian women authors have been of tremendous interest both to literary scholars and to art historians. They are among the most treasured souvenirs of remarkable women’s lives, and fascinating evidence of how Victorian writers negotiated the difficult business of forging an appropriate public identity in the context of the burgeoning Victorian literary industry – an industry which women entered in unprecedented numbers. The painted, drawn and photographic portraits of three different writers - Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and Agnes Strickland - are examined in relation to the iconographic traditions of representing learned women, and in relation to the processes of circulation by which images of authors entered (or not) the public sphere.
|Item Type:||Contribution to conference proceedings in the public domain ( Full Paper)|
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|Subjects:||V000 Historical and Philosophical studies > V200 History by area > V390 History by Topic not elsewhere classified|
|Faculties:||Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities|
|Deposited By:||Lara Perry|
|Deposited On:||03 Nov 2011 13:33|
|Last Modified:||03 Nov 2011 13:33|
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