Spring 2022 Course Highlight | AH 407 Victorian Culture: Sex & Death

Professor Nancy Rose Marshall will teach the seminar AH 407 “Victorian Culture: Sex & Death” in Spring 2022, MW 4:30–5:45pm, Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L150. What did it mean for a painter-poet to exhume his dead wife’s body in 1869? This class explores the interlinked themes of desire and death in the art of the Pre-Raphaelites, a young group of rebellious artists seeking to change both art and society. We consider the complicated personal relationships between the artists and their models; the beautiful icons of doomed or fatal femininity dominating the works; and the collecting, interior decorating, and fashion practices that have been inspired by this work up to the present day. Other themes include the position of women and gay male artists in this group and ideas about race in the context of the British Empire. This course also fulfills the Art History Method requirement. Enroll here.