Critics, Coteries, and Pre-Raphaelite Celebrity - a book talk


Thursday, February 22, 2018


5:30 pm


Library Class of '51 Reading Room

Wendy Graham, author of Critics, Coteries, and Pre-Raphaelite Celebrity, a faculty book talk:

Founded by a band of young iconoclasts, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood stunned Victorian England with its revaluation of culture and lifestyle. With Pre-Raphaelitism ascendant in the 1850s and canonical by the 1880s, the movement’s refractory reception history is an object lesson in how avant-gardes burst upon the scene, dispense with their antagonistic posture, and become a mainstay of tradition. Wendy Graham traces the critical discourses that greeted the Pre-Raphaelites’ debut, shaped their contemporary reception, and continued to inform responses to them well after their heyday. She explains the mechanics of fame and the politics of scandal contributing to the rise of aestheticism, providing a new interpretation of the place of aesthetic counterculture in Victorian England.

Lydia Murdoch

Victorian Studies Program