Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Selling the Story: Commercial Pictures and Visual Persuasion
Performing Live: News, Shows and Shipwrecks
Thursday, October 24
The Ide Room, THH 420
Clare Pettitt (Professor of Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture, King’s College London)
Performing Live: News, Shows and Shipwrecks considers the history of the shipwreck as (impossibly) “live” performance. The talk will focus on 1819 and on Byron’s treatment of a fatal shipwreck in the first instalment of his serial poem Don Juan and Géricault’s oil painting, The Raft of the Medusa, which was simultaneously on show at the Egyptian Hall in London. Both Byron’s poem and Géricault’s picture elicited strong sentiments of disgust: the talk suggests that this reaction was a result of both their reference to a “real” news item, and their creation of virtual bodies to represent catastrophic death.
Co-sponsored by the Departments of English and Art History
Image credit: Tadeusz Kantor, 'Raft of Medusa, V', Panoramic Sea Happening, Plener Koszalinski in Osieki, 1967. Photograph by Eustachy Kossakowski.