Professor Gail Marshall - '1859: Customs and Curating' (Inaugural Lecture)

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Mar 22, 2011
from 05:30 PM to 08:00 PM


Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1

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0116 252 2320

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On Tuesday 22nd March, Professor Gail Marshall of the School of English will give her inaugural lecture entitled '1859: Customs and curating'. This lecture is free and open to the public.

1859 was a year of important cultural, scientific, political and literary developments, but it regarded its modernity with some apprehension. This lecture will look at how texts of this year articulate their sense of historical positioning through a reliance on the trope of custom, and how the National Portrait Gallery, which opened to the public for the first time in 1859, curates a sense of present national identity through past achievement.

Gail Marshall was educated at the Universities of Durham, Leeds, and Cambridge, before taking up posts in Bedford, and the Universities of Leeds, and Oxford. She moved to the Chair of Victorian Literature at Leicester in January 2010. Gail Marshall has authored three books, on Victorian Fiction, Actresses on the Victorian Stage: Feminine Performance and the Galatea Myth, and Shakespeare and Victorian Women. She has edited several books on Victorian Shakespeare, and on George Eliot. She is currently working on a monograph on the literature and culture of 1859, and is collaborating with members of the Victorian Studies and Museum Studies Centres on a project called ‘Curating the Victorians’.




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