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Professor Corinna Wagner

Associate Professor

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CV for Professor Corinna Wagner

I am an Associate Professor in Literatures and Visual Culture

My main areas of expertise are:

  • Arts and medicine, particularly late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
  • Victorian culture
  • Literature: gothic, realism and naturalism, detective novel
  • Architectural and design; architectual and documenary photography
  • Body studies and critical theory, especially Michel Foucault; theories of visuality
  • Art & anatomy; crime, forensic vision and art; medical photography
  • Uses of the past and Victorian medievalism
  • Relationship between epidemic and nineteenth-century urban reform movements, across the globe

Ongoing projects include:

  • Collaboration with scholars, writers and curators in China and India (I have spent terms at Fudan University, Shanghai and Peking University, Beijing).
  • Co-curation and collaboration with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), and with Page to Screen, the annual Bridport Film Festival.
  • Public events on medical humanities topics, on literature and visual representations of the body and questions of identity related to body issues
  • Research and writing on art, anatomy and realist genres in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including wax anatomical models, automatons and other literary and two- and three-dimensional representations of the body's interior
  • Research and writing on architecture, design, urban planning and social reform; responses to cholera epidemics; conservation, medievalism, preservation, and the role of nineteenth-century architectural photography
  • Research and writing on Victorian gothic literature

Books include:

  • Transparent Bodies: Victorian Visual Culture (2018)
  • The Oxford Handbook to Victorian Medievalism (2018)
  • A Body of Work: An Anthology of Poetry and Medicine (co-ed. Andy Brown, Bloomsbury, 2015).
  • Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic (co-written with Joanne Parker, 2014)
  • Gothic Evolutions: Poetry, Tales, Context, Theory (Broadview, 2014)
  • Pathological Bodies: Medicine and Political Culture (University of California, 2013)

New Book Project:

  • Photography and the Shape of Cities

Funded Projects include:

  • AHRC project (with Joanne Parker) on Victorian Medievalism, which included an exhibition, Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic at the Royal Albert Memorial Musem and Art Gallery (RAMM).

 

Research interests

   History of Medicine; Medical Humanities

  • body studies, literature and art
 art and anatomy since the Enlightenment
 Michel Foucault, discipline and bio-politics epidemics, pandemics and public health reform early photography, medicine and urban reform sexuality and gender

   Architectural History, Art History and Visual Culture

  • Romantic and Victorian medievalism neo-gothic architects and artists, especially John Ruskin, Thomas Carlyle, William Morris, Caspar David Friedrich, Henri Fuseli, Goya, A W N Pugin and Gilbert Scott; gothic art and film 

   Literature and Culture of the Long Nineteenth Century

  • Victorian gothic literature and sensation fiction, esp. Wilkie Collins, Bram Stoker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle • materialism and literature
• utilitarianism, esp. William Godwin, Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill • literature and the global world • Romanticism, esp. William Blake, Mary Shelley

 

Research supervision

I am happy to work with candidates on PhD topics in the following areas:

  • Visual culture and art history, from the 18th to the 20th centuries
  • Medical Humanities topics, history of medicine
  • Body studies
  • Gothic literature, especially Victorian
  • 19th century architectural photography
  • Victorian urban reform 

Please do email me if you have coinciding interests.

 

Research students

I have supervised PhD theses on the subjects of eco-criticism and landscape in Romantic literature, on the 'Pin-up,' sexuality and gender, and on postmodern fantasy, 'splatterpunk,' and postcolonialism.  

I am currently supervising a PhD thesis on the poetry and thought of Percy Bysshe Shelley.

 

External impact and engagement

  • ‘A Theatrical and Medical Spectacle: The Elephant Man and his Extraordinary Body, ‘Programme for The Elephant Man, Theatre Royal Haymarket (2015)
  • Public Exhibition: Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter co-curated with Dr Joanne Parker, Dr Julien Parsons, Dr Thomas Cadbury, John Madin
. Public events included a gothic film festival (with talks), an architectural debate, woodcarving demonstrations, church architecture tours, poetry readings, book launches and family events (2014-2015)
  • ‘Dark Arts: Victorians and the Gothic,’ Illustration magazine (2014)
  • ‘Using the Past to Negotiate Modernity: the Designs of A. W. N. Pugin & George Gilbert Scott,’ Cathedral Day, Exeter Cathedral, public talk (2015).
  • Poetry Reading: Gothic at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (2014)
  • Screentalks, Picturehouse Cinema, Exeter (2014)
  • Bridport Film Festival, presenter (2011-2015)
  • Interview: ‘Écorchés,’ Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects
 (2014)
  • ‘Art and Anatomy: Preserving and Exhibiting the Human Body,’ public lecture, Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, New York
 (2014)
  • ‘Revealed: how the Georgians taught us to diet 300 years ago’ HistoryExtra.com (2014)
  • Scandalous bodies and our relationship with food,’ Exeter Daily (2014)
  • ‘Fat Britain fears are nothing new, reveals fascinating history’ Western Daily News (2014)
  • ‘Are our great-grandparents to blame for our bodily obsession?’ The Tab (2014)
  • ‘Emergent Environment: Water, Waste and Disease,’ public event and demonstration (2013).
  • Public talk: ‘Debate over Dissection: Anatomists, Artists, Resurrectionists and Gothic Writers’ at Arnos Vale, Bristol (2013)
  • Self-portrait without Breasts: aesthetics and surgery, co-organizer and panelist, exhibition, panel, radio interview (2013).

 

Media

  • 2014- Interview: ‘Écorchés,’ Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects
  • 2014-15 Public Exhibition: Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter co-curated with Dr Joanne Parker, Dr Julien Parsons, Dr Thomas Cadbury, John Madin
  • 2014 ‘Art and Anatomy: Preserving and Exhibiting the Human Body,’ public lecture, Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, New York
  • 2014 ‘Revealed: how the Georgians taught us to diet 300 years ago’ HistoryExtra.com, BBC History http://www.historyextra.com/news/revealed-how-georgians-taught- us-diet-300-years-ago
  • 2014 ‘Scandalous bodies and our relationship with food,’ Exeter Daily http://www.theexeterdaily.co.uk/news/food-drink/scandalous-bodies-and-our- relationship-food
  • 2014 ‘Fat Britain fears are nothing new, reveals fascinating history’ Western Daily News Read more: http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Fat-Britain-fears- new-reveals-fascinating-history/story-20440447- detail/story.html#ixzz30RvP4VwO
  • 2014 ‘Are our great-grandparents to blame for our bodily obsession?’ The Tab http://exeter.tab.co.uk/2014/01/15/are-our-great-grandparents-to-blame-for- our-bodily-obsessions/
  • 2014 ‘Spellbound,’ Bridport Film Festival
  • 2013 Water, Waste and Disease, co-organizer and panelist. This public event featured artist Eleanor Crook, Prof. Michael Depledge, Chair of European Centre for Environment and Human Health, Tom Chivers is poet in residence for Cape Farewell’s ADRIFT project, and poet and broadcaster Paul Farley. Find it here: http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/events/details/?id=2364
  • 2013 Public talk: ‘Debate over Dissection: Anatomists, Artists, Resurrectionists and Gothic Writers’ at Arnos Vale, Bristol
  • 2012 Self-portrait without Breasts: aesthetics and surgery, co-organizer and panelist. This is an exhibition, poetry reading and panel discussion, with poet Clare Best, photographer Laura Stevens, Professor Janet Reibstein (Department of Psychology, University of Exeter, author of Staying Alive: A Family Memoir) and Dr James Mackay (UCL, the only accredited UK Consultant Medical Oncologist specialising in clinical cancer genetics). Find it here: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/events/details/index.php?event=694
  • 2012 consultant, BBC television series on Queen Victoria and Medievalism
  • 2012 Guest Blogger, International Gothic Association (November)
  • 2012 Study Abroad and Internationalization Fair Tour, UMass (Amherst), Smith College, Vassar, William & Mary and Brown University
  • 2012 ‘Women in Love,’ Interview, Bridport Film Festival
  • 2012 Public Dialogue on ‘Women In Love’ at the Bridport Film Festival
  • 2012 Encountering the Victorians, public workshop, RAMM
  • 2011 ‘Keats in Teignmouth,’ Wordquest Devon Cultural Olympiad Project
  • 2011 Public Dialogue on ‘Joyce’s “The Dead” and John Huston’ The Dead, Bridport Film Festival
  • 2010 Radio Interview, BBC Devon, ‘Keats in Teignmouth’
  • 2010 in Feature by John Crace, Ten journalists try out their dream jobs for a day. See it here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2010/jan/04/ten-journalists-work-experience
  • 2008 Interview with Liz Ford, ‘So you want to study: a Master’s in English,’ Education, the Guardian. See it here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2008/nov/08/masters-degree-english

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