Faculty Research Forum: Jongwoo Jeremy Kim

When Feb 28, 2014
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Bingham Humanities Bldg, Room 300
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Contact Phone 502-852-8977
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"Picturing Paterfamilias Fatigue: The Nicholsons at Home"

"Patriarchal agency is widely blamed for the Edwardian home’s alienating effect, but what happens when the Edwardian patriarch finds himself alienated from his home? Two paintings portraying William Nicholson’s family – William Orpen’s A Bloomsbury Family, 1907-9, and Mabel Nicholson’s Family Group, 1911 – present domestic images in which   nobody seems at home, including the father. This essay examines the paradox of patriarchal alienation at home by exploring these paintings of the Nicholsons, who occupied a liminal space between the normative and the subversive. J. M. Barrie’s 1904 Peter Pan becomes a key text through which to understand the gender trouble of A Bloomsbury Family and the grim picture of home made by Mabel, the wife of William  Nicholson who was the first costume and set designer for that play. After   comparing the Nicholsons with the Bloomsbury Group and analyzing  domestic liminality in Vanessa Bell’s 1912 Conversation Piece, this     essay treating Edwardian fatigue with   ideals of masculinity, femininity, marriage, and domesticity, concludes by discussing Nicholson’s 1904 portrait of Barrie.”

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