Hansen’s research project, “This Is Not a Novel: The 1960s Experimental British Novel and the Visual Arts,” attends to the neglected relationship between British sixties novelists and contemporaneous artists, thereby providing new perspectives to aid our understanding of sixties literature and literary form more broadly. In particular, the study analyses how Ann Quin, Alan Burns, Denis Williams, and J.G. Ballard transfigured paradigms encountered in conceptual art, pop, modern sculpture, cubism, abstract expressionism, and surrealism into formal and narrative modes they felt could more readily depict the cultural moment that both artists and writers were working in—from capturing the realism of sensation to giving evocative imagery center stage in lieu of plot.
Historians have emphasized the invention of photography in the nineteenth century as a historical turning point at which authentic pictorial documentation became possible. Braun’s project explores the significance of drawings as “documentary” records in the time just before the advent of photography, and therefore concentrates on topographic views in the context of eighteenth-century travel culture. Her research pursues questions about epistemological demands on travel pictures as well as contextual, pictorial, and technical authentication strategies.
Pandey’s project aims to undertake a study of those literary-visual resources that shed light on the colonial era’s navigation of the Indian subcontinent’s hills and mountains. The goal is to build a fresh perspective on the interrelated ideas of the picturesque and the personal that were crucial for the emergence of the culturally potent idea of “home away from home” in the Eastern highlands. This research will initiate new insights on the deeply sensorial, affective, and stylized development of the “image” of hill stations during the nineteenth century that has sustained down the ages, postindependence.
Bottinelli’s research at the Center will contribute toward an exhibition and illustrated catalogue that will mark the bicentenary of the death of John Crome (Norwich, UK, 1768–1821), which will take place in the summer of 2021 at the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition will be the first to focus solely upon John Crome since 1968 and will feature his principal masterworks by which to analyze his contribution to the history of British and European landscape art.