Faculty Research Forum: Jongwoo Jeremy Kim

hosted by the Commonwealth Center for Humanities and Society
When Feb 28, 2014
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Bingham Humanities Building, Room 300
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Contact Phone 52-852-8977
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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.”

Faculty Research Forum (FRF), presented by the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, is a series of talks in which A&S faculty (or outside guests) share their ongoing research projects.

The talks are held once a month at 3:30 pm on Friday afternoons, after the scheduled meeting times for the Faculty Assembly of the College. They are pitched to an interdisciplinary audience. Usually the talks go about 40 minutes followed by spirited Q&A sessions.

These talks are free and open to all -- faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends -- and tend to be quite interesting.

FRF provides a great opportunity to learn about the work of faculty throughout the College.

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