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Feb. 17, 2006

Lecture Series On 18th- and 19th-Century Topics Opens March 2

The University of Iowa 18th- and 19th-Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium will present "Social, Aesthetic, and International Strategies of Self-Representation," a series of three guest lectures on the UI campus during the spring semester.

The three lectures, which will be free and open to the public, will be:

-- "Aftermath and New Dawn: The Role of the Artist in the Graphic Work of J.L. David and N.T. Charlet, 1815-1830," presented by Tom Gretton from University College in London, at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in Room E109 of the UI Art Building;

-- "Marie Antoinette's Catastrophic Costumes," presented by Caroline Webber from Barnard College, Columbia University, at 4 p.m. Monday, March 20, in Phillips Hall Room 315; and

-- "Roomscapes: Women Writers in the British Museum from George Eliot to Virginia Woolf," presented by Susan David Bernstein from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, at 7p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the John Gerber Lounge of the UI English-Philosophy Building.

"Over the semester, our speakers will explore the pleasures and grave dangers that individuals in public life face as they try to control how they are perceived by society -- from European artists to Marie Antoinette to women writers struggling to form communities in the British Library," said Teresa Mangum, colloquium director and associate professor of English and international programs.

Gretton is senior lecturer and head of department in art history at University College, London. His major research projects are in two principle areas: "popular prints" in Mexico in the generation before the outbreak of the 1910-1917 revolution, particularly the work of J. G. Posada; and the development of general-interest, weekly, illustrated periodicals intended for a bourgeois readership in Europe in the second half of the 19th century. He also works on aspects of art after the fall of Napoleon, particularly on the impact of the introduction of lithography.

Gretton's lecture is presented in collaboration with the European Studies Group and the UI School of Art and Art History.

Weber is associate professor of French at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her paper is part of her latest book project, "Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution," which will be published by Henry Holt in October 2006. Her previous publications include "Terror and its Discontents: Suspect Words in Revolutionary France," published in 2003; "Fragments of Revolution," a special issue of Yale French Studies published in 2002; and various articles on Enlightenment philosophy and literature.

Webber's presentation is co-sponsored by the UI Department of French and Italian.

Bernstein is a professor of English, women's studies and Jewish studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of "Confessional Subjects: Revelations of Gender and Power in Victorian Literature and Culture," published in 1997. Her editions of two 19th-century novels by Anglo-Jewish writer Amy Levy have just been published by Broadview.

Her research focuses on Victorian studies, including women writing natural history, sensation fiction and Darwin, and on Jewish vulgarity in Victorian fiction. In addition, she has published articles on Anne Frank's diary and the politics of identification and on confessional discourse in feminist theory. Her current project focuses on the transformation of gendered spaces of reading and writing in the reading room of the British Museum between 1857 and 1929.

Bernstein's lecture is co-sponsored by the UI Department of English.

The UI 18th- and 19th-Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium, directed by Teresa Mangum, is a forum for faculty and students whose scholarship is focused on the 18th and 19th centuries to share research and build a scholarly community.

It is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

All lectures are open to the public. For more information or special accommodations to attend any of the lectures, contact Teresa Mangum at or 319-354-4748.

The School of Art and Art History and departments of French and Italian and English are academic units of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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