Archive for September, 2009

The Nineteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Reading Group meeting on the Gothic. ‘Christabel’ as Gothic comes from Meegan Capsopoulos, and Marcus Clarke’s Preface and Ken Gelder’s article on Australian Gothic are from Peter Kirkpatrick. Thanks to both for their contributions.

September 4, 1-3 p.m., Rogers Room, John Woolley Building. Coffee and tea provided: feel free to bring lunch.

Reading 1:
‘Christabel’ as Gothic: The Abjection of Instability Jerrold E Hogle Gothic Studies; May 2005; 7, 1; ProQuest Direct Complete pg. 18

Reading 2
Marcus Clarke, Preface to Gordon’s Pouns 1876, From The Writer in Australiu: A Collection of Literary Documents 1856 to 1964, ed. John Barnes, Oxford University Press, Melbourne

Reading 3:
Ken Gelder, Australian Gothic, From The Routledge Companion to Gothic, ed. Catherine Spooner and Emma McEvoy, Oxford: Routledge, 2007


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Art History Visiting Scholar Seminar

Dr Matthew Potter, University of Leicester

Thursday 10th September, 3-5pm, Room 111A (room adjoining Visual Resources Library), R.C. Mills Building, Fisher Road, University of Sydney

(Re)collecting ‘home’: acquisitions and imperial identities in Australian art galleries.

At the beginning of the twentieth century the worlds of art and empire appeared to be experiencing simultaneous and comparable change, achieving new levels of self-determination. In art the innovations of modernism promised a new age of autonomy; in politics the colonial system of empire was replaced by the more independent structure of Federation. How accurate is this model though: does this perspective perpetuate the ‘modernist myth’ regardless of the facts? This paper explores an alternative reading of the sophisticated exchanges and negotiations that continued to take place between Australian art galleries and their London agents at this time and how in turn these impacted on patterns of art collecting. British painting played an important role in the activities of a nation seeking to negotiate its own version of a British identity.

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