Conference – The Intermedial Eighteenth Century: Textual and Visual Arts, 1660-1832 Back

– Prof. Malcolm Baker (University of California Riverside): The Poet’s Head: The Agency of the Authorial Portrait in the Eighteenth Century

– Dr. Lucy Peltz (National Portrait Gallery, London) & Dr. David F. Taylor (University of Oxford):
Interdisciplinary Research across the Visual and Textual Arts

This AHRC-funded conference explores intersections between literary and visual culture of the long eighteenth-century. Recent scholarship has started to point to the distinctively ‘intermedial’ nature of Art, Architecture and Design at the turn of the eighteenth century, as “objects and environments… brought a variety of materials into intimate contact, or fused them together entirely” (Mark Hallett, 2016). This conference now seeks to consider how the intermedial nature of the visual Arts incorporated a notable engagement with the textual realm, and to look afresh at works, practitioners and spaces (often aligned with a single discipline) by exploring their multi-media associations. To achieve this, the conference explores the ways in which different spaces, practices and individuals within the textual and visual Arts came to influence one another, creating dialogues and exchanges crucial to the works that emerged.

The conference is free of charge and will be available online between Monday 14th and Friday 18th September, with live interactions on the 16th and 17th September. Delegates will be asked to register their attendance in advance and will be sent a password to unlock site content.