University of Leicester Expert explores images of suffering in times of war

Posted by de57 at May 29, 2013 10:50 AM |
Professor Philip Shaw publishes new book on romantic military art

Professor Philip Shaw, from the School of English at the University of Leicester, has published a new book entitled ‘Suffering and Sentiment in Romantic Military Art’.

In this publication, Professor Shaw explores how wartime suffering and sentiment were portrayed in a wide range of visual and verbal media during the Romantic era, including paintings, sketches, political prose, anti-war poetry, writings on culture and aesthetics, graphic satires and early photographs.

Through considering these depictions of death and wounding, Professor Shaw reveals a history of changing attitudes towards suffering, from mid-eighteenth century ambivalence to late eighteenth- and early nineteenth century concepts of moral sentiment.

Professor Philip Shaw said:

Suffering and Sentiment in Romantic Military Art seeks to reanimate debate about attitudes to war in Britain in the long eighteenth century.
By paying close attention to visual and literary sources the book raises important questions about how images of suffering, both on and off the battlefield, were used to support or contest ideas of national unanimity.

Suffering and Sentiment in Romantic Military is published by Ashgate Publishing. Further information about the book can be found on the publisher’s website.

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