CFP: [Victorian] Artistry and Industry

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Patricia Zakreski
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Centre for Victorian Studies, School of Arts, Languages and Literatures,
University of Exeter
Department of History of Art, University of Bristol

Artistry and Industry: Representations of Creative Labour in Literature
and the Visual Arts c. 1830-1900

18-20 July 2008, University of Exeter

Keynote speakers include Elizabeth Prettejohn (Professor of History of
Art, University of Bristol) and Talia Schaffer (Associate Professor of
English, CUNY).

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to examine the nature and
representation of artistic labour within the nineteenth century’s
expanding print and visual culture.

Its focus will be on artistic ‘industry’ in a variety of forms including,
but not limited to, the nature of artistic work as conceptualised by
writers and artists, artistry as a profession, and art as commodity.

Drawing together contributors from Literature, Art History, History,
Drama and beyond, Artistry and Industry will also examine the connections
and the separations between those artistic milieux regarded as high-
culture (painting, sculpture, literature) and those classed as ‘art-
industry’ - such as pottery-painting, art needlework or engraving â€" or
even hack-work (such as Grub-Street writing).

We seek insights not only into the production, dissemination and
consumption of particular texts or objets d’art, but into the myths and
images developing around such figures as The Painter, The Lady Novelist,
The Man of the Theatre, The Craftswoman, The Poet, The Illustrator and
The Muse.

We invite abstracts (up to 300 words) from across the arts and humanities
for 15-20 minute papers. Please submit abstracts, including your name as
you would like it to appear, institutional affiliation, and email address
by February 15, 2008, to

Themes to consider include:

Hand-making/mass (re)production/publishing and distribution
Interior design/ dress design
Designer/Writer/Actor/Musician et al as artist
Fine/decorative/domestic arts
Advertising/literature/manuals for amateur/creative work
Professional/amateur status
Literary/visual representation

Conference organizers: Dr Sunie Fletcher, Dr Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi, Sally
Anne Huxtable, Dr Patricia Zakreski

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