New Publication: Pre-Raphaelite Masculinities: Constructions of Masculinity in Art and Literature (Ashgate, 2014)

Drawing on recent theoretical developments in gender and men’s studies, Pre-Raphaelite Masculinities shows how the ideas and models of masculinity were constructed in the work of artists and writers associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Paying particular attention to the representation of non-normative or alternative masculinities, the contributors take up the multiple versions of masculinity in Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s paintings and poetry, masculine violence in William Morris’s late romances, nineteenth-century masculinity and the medical narrative in Ford Madox Brown’s Cromwell on His Farm, accusations of ‘perversion’ directed at Edward Burne-Jones’s work, performative masculinity and William Bell Scott’s frescoes, the representations of masculinity in Pre-Raphaelite illustration, aspects of male chastity in poetry and art, Tannhäuser as a model for Victorian manhood, and masculinity and British imperialism in Holman Hunt’s The Light of the World. Taken together, these essays demonstrate the far-reaching effects of the plurality of masculinities that pervade the art and literature of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Contents: Introduction: Pre-Raphaelite masculinities in context, Amelia Yeates and Serena Trowbridge; ‘How grew such presence from man’s shameful swarm’: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Victorian masculinity, Jay D. Sloan; William Morris’s Sigurd the Volsung and the parameters of manliness, Ingrid Hanson; The hallucination of the real: Pre-Raphaelite vision as a crisis of Romantic masculinity, Gavin Budge; Health and manliness in the reception of Edward Burne-Jones’s work, Amelia Yeates; Marginal masculinities? Regional and gender borders in William Bell Scott’s Wallington scheme, Rosemary Mitchell; Interpreting masculinity: Pre-Raphaelite illustration and the Works of Tennyson, Christina Rossetti and Trollope, Simon Cooke; ‘Me, who ride alone’: male chastity in Pre-Raphaelite poetry and art, Dinah Roe; In praise of Venus: Victorian masculinity and Tannhäuser as aesthetic hero, Sally-Anne Huxtable; Christianity, masculinity, imperialism: The Light of the World and colonial contexts of display, Eleanor Fraser Stansbie; Afterword, Colin Cruise; Bibliography; Index.

About the Editors: Amelia Yeates is Senior Lecturer in Art History in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at Liverpool Hope University, UK. Her research interests are Pre-Raphaelite art, Victorian narrative painting, images of women reading and nineteenth-century depictions of Pygmalion. Her doctoral research was on Edward Burne-Jones’s Pygmalion and the Image paintings (1875-78) and their relation to contemporary notions of artistic masculinity. She has published on Victorian constructions of female reading practices (in Nineteenth-Century Prose and Nineteenth-century Contexts) and the work of the Victorian artist R B. Martineau and Charles Rossiter. Amelia has been a member of the Executive Committee of the British Association for Victorian Studies since 2009.
Serena Trowbridge is Lecturer in the School of English at Birmingham City University, UK. Her PhD, entitled ‘Christina Rossetti’s Fractured Gothic’, was completed at Birmingham City University in 2010, supervised by Professor Fiona Robertson. Her monograph Christina Rossetti’s Gothic was published by Bloomsbury in 2013. Serena has taught at the University of Worcester and Birmingham City University, mostly in the fields of gender and literature, and poetry. She has recently developed a new module on Gothic literature, and is preparing proposals for a book on graveyard poetry and Gothic. She is the editor of the journal of The Pre-Raphaelite Society, and a member of the committee of the Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminars (MIVSS). She blogs for the Journal of Victorian Culture Online.

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