Draft programme for Reading Art conference

Reading Art: Pre-Raphaelite Poetry and Painting, May 27th – 28th 2016

 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Birmingham City University

This conference is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Friday May 27th

10.00-10.30     Registration and coffee

10.30-10.45     Welcome

10.45-11.45     Keynote lecture: Professor John Holmes, University of Birmingham, ‘The Knowing Hand of the Anatomist: Embodied Psychology in Pre-Raphaelite Poetry and Painting’. Chair: Serena Trowbridge, Birmingham City University

11.45-1.00       Panel 1: Poetry, Painting and Pre-Raphaelite Women


‘Pre-Raphaelite Poetry and Painting: Reading the Rossettis’ Representations of Women’

Lucy Ella Rose (University of Surrey)

Lady Lilith and the Yellow Aster: Pre-Raphaelite portraiture and the literary New Woman

Naomi Hetherington (University of Sheffield)

‘A Symbolist Battle between the Ephemeral and Corporeal: John White Alexander’s Isabella and the Pot of Basil’

Erika Schneider (Framingham State University)

Panel 2: Pre-Raphaelite Science and Nature

Chair: Thomas Knowles, Birmingham City University

‘Symbolic Realism: How Science and Poetry Fused in Early Pre-Raphaelite Works’

Lea Döding (Freie Universität Berlin)

‘Edward Burne-Jones’ The Planets: An Astronomical Poem

Liana De Girolami Cheney (Independent scholar)

‘Vitality in Decay: The Unconventional Poetry of Millais’s Deserted Garden (1875)’

Lindsay Wells (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

1.00-2.00         Lunch (with opportunity to explore the BMAG galleries)

2.00-3.15         Panel 3: Pre-Raphaelitism and Myth


Images of Desire: Twenty Sketches by Simeon Solomon’

Carolyn Conroy (University of York)

‘“Her False Crafts”: Morgan Le Fay and the Wild Women of Sandys’ Imagination’

Sally-Anne Huxtable (National Museums Scotland)

‘Fairy painting and literature: Intertwined lovers of the Victorian era’

Verda Bingol (Istanbul Technical University)

3.15-4.00         Coffee, walk to cathedral

4.00-4.45         Tour of Burne-Jones stained glass at St Phillip’s Cathedral

5.30                 Drinks reception at Birmingham Midland Institute, with a poetry reading by the Pre-Raphaelite Society’s Poet-in-Residence, Sarah Doyle.

7.30                 Conference dinner

Saturday May 28th

10.00-10.30     Registration and coffee

10.30-11.30     Keynote lecture: Dr Dinah Roe, Oxford Brookes University, ‘Words About the Picture: Pre-Raphaelite Frames and the Poetics of Liminality’. Chair: Serena Trowbridge, Birmingham City University

11.30-12.45     Panel 4: Pre-Raphaelite Illustration


‘A “damned proeraphaelite”? George du Maurier’s ekphrastic drawings for Good Words, Once a Week and The Cornhill (1860-65)’

Françoise Baillet (Cergy-Pontoise University)

‘“The Heart that Must be free”: Poems illustrated by Edward Burne-Jones and Simeon Solomon in Good Words for 1862, a comparative study’

Clive Kennard (University of York)

‘The Problematic Art of Illustrating Moxon’s Tennyson’

Heather Stevenson (University of Glasgow)

Panel 5: Painting, Poetry and Music

Chair: Holly Cooper, Birmingham City University

‘James Smetham: Wesleyan Pre-Raphaelite’

Peter S. Forsaith (Oxford Brookes University)

‘Music and Memory: John Roddam Spencer Stanhope’s The Gentle Music of a Bygone Day and William Morris’s The Earthly Paradise

Simon Poë (Independent scholar)

‘“Say nothing”: Sensuality and Temporality in Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s and Walter Pater’s responses to Giorgione’s Concert Champêtre

Luke Uglow (Independent scholar)

12.45-1.45       Lunch (with opportunity to explore the BMAG galleries)

1.45-3.00         Panel 6: Double works


‘“I thank you so much for thinking me still worthy of making so lovely a present to”: Perlascura Twelve Coins for One Queen

Anne Anderson

‘Beyond Ut Pictura Poesis: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris’s Shared Aesthetic’

Brandiann Molby (Loyola University Chicago)

‘The Ideal and the Real in the Sculptural Body’

Jordan Kistler (University of Birmingham)

Panel 7: Pre-Raphaelite Ekphrastic Practice


‘Methods and materials of image-making in the verbal and visual arts’

Lavinia Singer (Roehamptom University)

‘Gender and Space in Pre-Raphaelite paintings of “The Eve of St Agnes”’

Serena Trowbridge (Birmingham City University)

‘Illuminating Objects: New Narratives in Pre-Raphaelite Art’

Johanna Amos (Dalhousie University)

3.00-4.15         Panel 8: Earthly and Divine Love


‘The figure of the Beloved in the poetry and painting of the Rossettis’

Hannah Comer (Independent scholar)

‘“So pure, so fallen!”: Madonna-Whore Complex in the Poetry and Paintings of D. G. Rossetti’

Yashodhara Trivedi (Independent scholar)

‘Love is Hell: Dante, Rossetti and Pre-Raphaelitism’

Robyne Calvert (Glasgow School of Art)

Panel 9: Writing about Art


‘The literary reception of John William Waterhouse’

Kilian Kohn (Universität Heidelberg)

‘“That old affair of an article which I wrote for the Burlington Magazine in 1903 remains unsettled’: William Michael Rossetti and The Burlington

Madeleine Pearce (Independent scholar)

4.15-5.00         Coffee and plenary discussion


6 thoughts on “Draft programme for Reading Art conference”

  1. Hi Serena,

    This looks very interesting! I’ve clicked through from your earlier post to the booking site. But one question, please: does the ticket for both days include the drinks reception and dinner on the Friday evening?




    1. It includes the drinks reception but not dinner. If you’d like to come for dinner just let me know – I’m booking somewhere for everyone who wants to come and we’ll pay separately.

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    1. Great, glad you’re coming. I’ll add you to the dinner list and will email you details when I’ve confirmed them!


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