Symposium: Shared Visions II: Art, Theatre and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Symposium: Shared Visions II: Art, Theatre and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Saturday 6 October 2012

School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies,

Millburn House, Warwick University

Supported by the Humanities Research Centre, Warwick University

You are invited to attend this one day symposium which explores the relationship between art, theatre and visual culture in the nineteenth century. This event follows on from the ‘Shared Visions’ conference which took place at Warwick University in February 2012. Invited speakers will give papers and position statements that look across disciplinary boundaries to consider the issues which underlie the unprecedented level of interchange between theatre and the visual arts during this period.

Key questions/issues to be addressed include:

  • How are we to understand ‘theatrical’ painting/‘pictorial’ theatre?
  • What factors were driving the thriving interface between the arts during in this period?
  • What factors lay behind the reassertion of genre boundaries in the latter part of the century?
  • How did the relative values placed on word and image develop throughout the nineteenth century?
  • The class connotations of spectacular theatre; definitions of ‘popular’ culture; issues of ’high’ and ‘low’ culture in theatre and the visual arts
  • Anglo-French exchanges

Confirmed speakers:

Shearer West, University of Oxford, t. b. a.

Stephen Bann, University of Bristol, t. b. a.

Jim Davis, University of Warwick, Artists and Actors in the Age of Romantic Sociability

Kate Newey, University of Exeter, The Industrial Sublime

Marcus Risdell, Curator, Garrick Club, Actor, painter, collector, photographer: Theatre and its collections

David Mayer, University of Manchester, Trouble at t’ millpond: an early film and a late-Victorian stage

Kurt Taroff, Queen’s University Belfast, The Spectacle Within: Symbolist Painting and Minimalist Mise-en-Scène

Catherine Hindson, University of Bristol, Grangerizing Theatre History: Public Events, Stage Celebrity and Visual Culture

Patricia Smyth, University of Warwick, ‘Unimaginable Illusion’: Emotional Response in Nineteenth-Century Art and Theatre

Symposium fee: £20.00 (£10.00 postgraduates)

Registration opens 28 August:

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