Concise, critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies

Nineteenth Century
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2017

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Acosta, Taylor J., “Real and Ideal: The Realism of Jules Breton” (University of Minnesota, G. Weisberg)

Adam, Edina, “Jacopo Ligozzi ‘Come Forestiero’ and the Notion of Foreignness in His Art” (Institute of Fine Arts/NYU, P. Rubin)

Adams, Alissa “French Depictions of Napoleon I's Resurrection (1821-1848)” (University of Iowa, D. Johnson)

Alexander, Kaylee, “Necro/polis: In Between Paris, 1786-1870” (Duke University, N. McWilliam)

Anderson, Katherine, “Terra-cotta Inscriptions of the Feminine: Mary Seton Watts and the Watts Chapel” (University of Washington, S. Casteras)

Applebaum, Lauren, “Elusive Matter, Material Bodies: American Art in the Age of Electronic Mediation, 1865-1918” (UIUC, J. Greenhill)

Barrow, Theodore, “‘Gilded Tropics’: Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent in Florida, 1885-1917” (Graduate Center, CUNY, J. Sund)

Beach, Caitlin, “Sculpture, Slavery, and Commerce in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World” (Columbia University, E. Hutchinson)

Blair, Susannah, “Constantin Guys and Modern Life: 1840-1870” (Columbia University, J. Crary)

Boisjoli, Sylvie, “The Emergence of Prehistoric Time: Art, Archaeology and the Search for Origins in Nineteenth-Century France” (McGill University, Mary Hunter)

Bowyer, Emerson, “Numismatic Modernity: Romantic Economies of Representation” (Columbia University, A. Higonnet)

Bray, Patricia, “Seriocomic Play in Symbolist Art: The Comic and the Grotesque” (Duke University, N. McWilliam)

Butcosk, Charles”Wassily Kandinsky and the Vicissitudes of das Innere, 1908-1914” (Princeton, B. Doherty)

Chaparro, Francisco “Victimhood in Goya” (Institute of Fine Arts/NYU, R. Slifkin)

Choi, Esther, “The Organization of Life: Architecture and the Life Sciences in Britain, 1929-1951” (Princeton University, S. Papapetros)

Clute, Emma, “The Immersive Sublime in Nineteenth-Century French Art” (The Ohio State University, A. Shelton)

Coffineau, Nicole, “Motion in Stillness: Photography, Archives, and Modernity in Italy, 1860--1913” (University of Pittsburgh, J. Ellenbogen)

Coman, Sonia, “New Values in Art: Japanese and Japoniste Ceramics, 1866-1904” (Columbia University, A. Higonnet)

Cooperstein, Shana, “Reading Between the Lines: Post-Academic Drawing Pedagogy in Nineteenth-Century France” (McGill University, Mary Hunter)

Cunningham, Theresa Ann, “Scales of Seeing: Spatial Experience in Paris, 1849–1899” (Penn State, N. Locke)

Dorofeeva, Maria. “Fantasizing Manhood: Art and Sexual Politics in Spain, 1898-1939.” (UIUC, O. Vazquez)

Doucet, Emily, “Developing the Future: Félix Nadar's Photographic Experiments” (University of Toronto, J. Bear) [in the name Félix, the e has an accent aigu]

Dowad, Thadeus. “Border Regimes: European Art and Ottoman Modernity” (University of California, Berkeley, D.G. Grigsby)

Eron, Abby. “The Symbolist Impulse in American Art: Materiality and Media circa 1900” (University of Maryland, R. Ater)

Evans, Jane, “Perspectives on Heritage and Improvement: JMW Turner's Estate Views” (Rice University, L. Costello)

Fava-Piz, Clarisse, “Sculpting Beyond Borders: Local Identity and Transnational Mobility during the Age of Rodin” (University of Pittsburgh, K. Savage)

Feiman, Jesse, “The Natural History of Art: Adam von Bartsch (1757-1821) and the Historical Classification of Prints” (MIT, K. Smentek)

Fowler, Margaret, “Bodies of Degeneration: Auguste Rodin and the French Fin-de-Siècle” (Tulane University, M. Foa)

Fox, Peter, “Bernhard Pankok and Design Reform in Germany, 1895-1914” (Princeton, E. da Costa Meyer)

Galante, Deborah Ruth, “Mediterranean Routes: Identity and Migration in Italy” (McGill University, Dr. Charmaine Nelson)

Gass, Izabel, “Painted Thanatologies: Théodore Géricault Against the Aesthetics of Life” (Yale University, C. Armstrong)

Gleeson, Maura, “Between the Public and Private: The Artistic Networks, Friendships, and Self-Fashioning of Hortense de Beauharnais Bonaparte” (University of Florida, M. Hyde)

Golobish, Laura, “Imagining Scotland: the Picturesque and Celtic as a Nation’s Present and Past in the mid-nineteenth century” (University of New Mexico, S. Anderson-Riedel)

Gontar, Cybèle, “José Francisco Xavier de Salazar y Mendoza and Jacques Guillaume Lucien Amans: Portraiture, Identity, and Plantation Society in New Orleans, 1790-1890.” (Graduate Center, CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Haddon, Madeline, “Local Color: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Paintings of Spain” (Princeton, B. Alsdorf)

Hanson, Kristan, “In Bloom: Women and Horticulture in French Visual Culture, 1860s-1880s” (University of Kansas, J. Pultz)

Harris, Katerina, “The Moment of Death in Renaissance Art” (Institute of Fine Arts/NYU, A. Nagel)

Harris, Leila, “Labor and the Picturesque: Photography, Propaganda, and the Tea Industry in Colonial India and Sri Lanka, 1880-1914” (Graduate Center, CUNY, A. Pelizzari)

Havet, Isabelle, “Beneath the Surface: Representations of Subterranean Space, 1850-1900” (University of Delaware, N. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer)

Hazard, Alice Maggie, “’Weird Copies of Carnage:’ Marketing Civil War Photographs and the Public Experience of Death and Mourning in the Nineteenth-Century North” (University of Illinois at Chicago, H. Higgins)

Heidenreich, Claire, “Decoration and Devotion: The Catholic and Theosophic Art of the Nabis” (Penn State, N. Locke)

Hooper, Rachel, “American Art Histories: Framing Race in Exhibitions, 1842-1876” (Rice University, L. Costello)

Howard, Charles, “Before Fontainebleau: Italian Artists in France, 1499-1534” (Institute of Fine Arts/NYU, C. Eisler)

Karras, Olga Zaferatos “Constructing Greek Genre Painting, Visualizing National Identity, 1850-1900” (Graduate Center, CUNY, A. Pelizzari)

Kawase, Yusuke, “Jusepe de Ribera and his Workshop in Naples, 1616-1652: Its Function and Practice” (Institute of Fine Arts/NYU, J. Brown)

Kim, Miri, “Right Matter in the Right Place”: The Paintings of Albert Pinkham Ryder” (Princeton, R. DeLue)

Kodzhabasheva, Ani, “Architecture at the Intersection of Empires: Building a Balkan Nation between the Ottoman, Tsarist, and Austro-Hungarian Domains, 1864-1912” (Columbia University, B. Bergdoll)

Kong, Hyoungee, “Fleshly Japonisme: Japonisme and Women’s Bodies in France 1870–1914” (Penn State, N. Locke)

Kremnitzer, Kathryn, “Transition and Translation: Manet's Watercolors in the 1860s” (Columbia University, A. Higonnet)

Laufer, Mia, “Le Goût Sémite: Art Collecting, Identity, and Antisemitism in Early Third Republic Paris, 1870-1914” (Washington University in St. Louis, E. Childs)

Lazevnick, Ashley, “Precisionism in the Long 1920s” (Princeton, R. DeLue)

Lee, Key Jo, “Melancholic Materiality: History and the Unhealable Wound in African American Photographic Portraits, 1850-1877” (Yale University, K. Mercer)

Leonard, Sarah, “ ‘The beauty of the bough-hung banks’: William Morris in the Thames Landscape” (University of Delaware, S. Isenstadt)

Long, Rebecca, “Bartolomé Carducho and Italian Artists at the Spanish Court, 1580-1621” (Institute of Fine Arts/NYU, J. Brown)

Lum, Julia, “Art at the Meeting Places of Britain and Oceania, 1788-1848” (Yale University, T. Barringer)

Lynford, Sophie, “Painting Dissent: The Pre-Raphaelite Experiment in America” (Yale University, T. Barringer, J. Raab)

Martin, Darlene, “An Alternate Aestheticism: Japonisme and Popular Imagery and Portrayals in Britain and America, 1860-1910” (University of Washington, S. Casteras)

Mason, Ashley “Jean-François Millet's Depictions of Women” (University of Iowa, D. Johnson)

McBryde, Brynne, “Public Bodies: The Nude and Public Health in Nineteenth-Century France” (Penn State, N. Locke)

McCann, Justin, “Elastic Capacities: Whistler and the Art of Transformation” (Rutgers University, S. Sidlauskas)

McGeorge, Christopher, “Mediums for the Masses: Stained Glass & Murals in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” (University of Southern California, K. Flint)

McGraw, Eva, “Xanthus Smith: Marine Painting and Nationhood” (Graduate Center, CUNY, K. Manthorne)

McKee, C.C., ““Cultivating Visible Order: Representations of Tropical Ecology and Race in the French Atlantic World”“ (Northwestern University, H. Copeland)

Morrison, Alexandra, “Copying at the Louvre” (Yale University, C. Armstrong)

Moss, Avigail, “Actuarial Imaginaries of Art and Empire, 1800-1914” (University of Southern California, K. Flint)

Motlani, Aisha, “Crisis and Innovation: Visualizing the 1857 Indian Rebellion” (Northwestern University, S. Clayson)

Nour-ElSayed, Alia, “Egyptian-French Encounters: Art and National Identity, 1867-1928” (Rutgers University, S. Sidlauskas)

Olmsted, Galina, “Making and Exhibiting Modernism: Gustave Caillebotte in Paris, New York, and Brussels” (University of Delaware, M. Werth)

Olson, Christine, “Owen Jones and the Epistemologies of Nineteenth-Century Design” (Yale University, T. Barringer)

Otten, Nikki, “Alien Microbes: The Telescope, the Microscope, and Symbolist Artistic Vision in Nineteenth-Century France” (University of Minnesota, G. Weisberg).

Pazian, Erika Nelson, “Visual Culture and the Formation of National Identity during the U.S.-Mexican War” (Graduate Center, CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Phillips, Laura, “The Work of Adolph Menzel” (Yale University, T. Barringer, N. Suthor)

Pierce, Kathleen, “Surface Tension: Skin, Disease, and Visuality in Third Republic France” (Rutgers University, S. Sidlauskas)

Pozzi, Clelia, “Recast as New: Italian Restauro and Its Scientific Cultures, 1893-1956” (Princeton University, L. Allais)

Pushaw, Bart, “The Global Invention of 'Art': Race and Visual Sovereignty in the Colonial Baltic World, 1870-1920” (University of Maryland, S. Mansbach)

Rahimi-Golkhandan, Shabnam, “The Photograph’s Shabih-Kashi (Verisimilitude) – The Liminal Visualities of Late Qajar Art (1853-1911)” (Yale University, K. Rizvi)

Ralston, Daniel, “Modernism's Margins: Fortuny, Manet, and Spanish Painting in Paris in the Later Nineteenth Century” (Columbia University, A. Higonnet)

Robbins, Nicholas, “Oceans of Air: Landscape and the Production of Climate in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World” (Yale University, C. Armstrong, J. Raab)

Rodriguez-Negron, Iraida, “Earthly Goddesses: Portraits of Catholic Queens in the Golden Age” (Institute of Fine Arts/NYU, J. Brown)

Rye-Kopec, Ashley, “No One a Stranger: Anglo-American Representations of Venetian Labor, c. 1866-1900” (University of Delaware, W. Bellion)

Sessions, Emily, “Representations of Caribbean Nature in the Mid-Nineteenth Century” (Yale University, T. Barringer)

Shah, Siddhartha V., “Ornamenting the Raj: Opulence and Spectacle in British India, 1851-1903” (Columbia University, V. Dehejia, A. Higonnet)

Shahi, Kimia, “Margin, Surface, Depth: Picturing the Contours of the Marine in Nineteeth-Century America” (Princeton, R. DeLue)

Sheers, Joanna, “Rembrandt’s Treatment of Themes from Classical Antiquity” (Institute of Fine Arts/NYU, M. Westermann)

Slodounik, Aaron, “The Painter and his Poets: Paul Gauguin and Interartistic Exchange” (Graduate Center, CUNY, J. Sund)

Smith, Joshua M., “Inglorious Memories: Envisioning the Franco-Prussian War in Modern France” (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, D. Sherman)

Smolinski, Thea, “La République: the Female body as Political Allegory in Late 19th Century France” (Institute of Fine Arts/ NYU, L. Nochlin)

Spear, Elizabeth A. “Reframing Landscape: Spectacular Display and Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Painting.” (University of Iowa, J. Kinsey)

Sperling, Juliet, “Animating Flatness: Moving Images in American Art, 1780-1895” (University of Pennsylvania, M. Leja)

Stephens, Russell, “The “Mass Media” Debates between the Caricaturists Honoré Daumier and Cham: 1800 – 1870” (The University of British Columbia, M. Ryan)

Stone, Elizabeth Doe, “Cosmopolitan Facture: John Singer Sargent and Anders Zorn, 1879-1911” (University of Virginia, S. Betzer)

Sunderlin, Anna Rogers, “Plaster and Medium and Muse in Nineteenth-Century America” (Virginia Commonwealth University, C. Roach)

Triplett, Stephanie, “Romanticism, Realism and the Rise of Narrative Animal Painting, 1790-1880” (University of Michigan, S. Siegfried)

Tuite, Diana, “Methods for Modernism: Arthur Wesley Dow Intersects the Stieglitz Circle” (Princeton, J. Wilmerding and R. DeLue)

Turpijn, Saskia, “The Nineteenth-Century British Printmaker” (Virginia Commonwealth University, E. Garberson)

Valsamas, Maxime, “Sustaining the Republic: The Power of Political Prints by Honoré Daumier, Édouard Manet, André Gill, and Alfred Le Petit” (Washington University in St. Louis, E. Childs)

von Preussen, Brigid, “Manufacturing Classicism: Reproduction and Authorship in Late Georgian Britain” (Columbia University, A. Higonnet)

Wager, Anna, “Kindred Spirits: Communal Making and Religious Revival in Arts and Crafts Movements, 1880-1920” (University of Washington, S. Casteras and E. Lingo)

Walkiewicz, Alice J., “From the 'Song of the Shirt' to the Call to Organize: The Seamstress in Late-19th-Century Art in Europe and the United States” (Graduate Center, CUNY, J. Sund)

Wallace, Amy C., “Studio of Nature: The Transformation of Artists’ Studios, 1845–1915” (Toronto, M. Cheetham)

Weintraub, Alex, “Authoring Art in Nineteenth-Century France” (Columbia University, J. Crary)

Wells, Lindsay, “Plant-Based Art: Indoor Gardening and the British Aesthetic Movement, 1860-1900” (University of Wisconsin-Madison, N. Marshall)

Wigmore, Spencer, “Albert Bierstadt and the Speculative Terrain of American Landscape Painting, 1863-1888” (University of Delaware, W. Bellion)

Wilder, Courtney, “Brilliant Extremes: Novel Impressions in Printed Textiles, 1815-1851” (University of Michigan, S. Siegfried)

Williams, Nicole, “The Shade of Private Life: The Right to Privacy and the Press in American Art, 1875-1900” (Yale University, E. Cooke, Jr.)

Winn, Laura, “The Art of Mimicry: Henry Ossawa Tanner and Hilda Rix Nicholas’s Subversive Orientalism” (University of Florida, M. Hyde)

Wojcieshowski, Amalia, “Visions of their Land: Młoda Polska & The Making of Landscape” (Bryn Mawr College, C. Hertel) [please note the “ł” in “Młoda”]

Xydas, Fotini, “Pissarro: The Works on Paper” (Graduate Center, CUNY, J. Sund)

Zahra, Orin, “ Cultures of Encounter: Commodifying the Exotic in the Art of French Impressionists, 1867-1889” (Washington University in St. Louis, E. Childs)

Zirnheld, Bernard, “Presque un Monument: Republican Urbanism and the Commercial Architecture of the Rue Réaumur” (Yale University, C. Armstrong)

Zundo, Mary Elizabeth, “Mapping Destiny: Cartography and Nineteenth-Century American Art of the Frontier” (UIUC, D. O’Brien)