Friday, 3 April 2009
CORRESPONDANCES: EXCHANGES AND TENSIONS BETWEEN ART, THEATRE AND OPERA IN FRANCE, C.1750-1850
NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON (IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM)
26 - 27 MARCH 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS
This conference will explore a rich field of interdisciplinary research, that of the relation between art, theatre and opera in France from the later 18C to the mid 19C. As key elements in Parisian cultural life, art, theatre and opera all underwent extensive changes during this period, adapting and responding to profound socio-political disruption and transformation from the Revolution to the Second Republic.
* to map interchanges between stage(s) and canvas, and the role of imagery in stage productions;
* to identify intermediaries in transmitting design to and from the stage and painting;
* to analyse attitudes and assumptions regarding interplay between media in theoretical and critical writing;
* to assess the recoverability of the visual components of theatre and opera.
Major themes which unite the two art forms include:
* the representation of history
* the nature of spectacle and illusion
* narrative and temporality
* the role of criticism
Invited speakers include:
* Prof Stephen Bann, University of Bristol (also a curator of the exhibition)
* Prof Beth Wright, University of Texas at Arlington
* Prof Tom Grey, Stanford University
* Prof David Charlton, Royal Holloway, University of London
We welcome proposals for papers (30 mins). Abstracts of c.250 words should be sent to both conference organisers,
and by **1 September 2009**.