History of Art
early modern horror
Every confrontation with horror is, in essence, a
confrontation with the unknown. In that same instance, it is also a
confrontation with representation,
with an image—a fiction—that is placed before the spectator’s gaze, which
nevertheless demands an embodied and even visceral response from the viewer as if it were real. Bringing together an
abiding concern for what Noel Carroll defined as ‘art-horror’ and what Linda
Williams referred to as ‘the frenzy of the visible’, this conference will
consider the way sixteenth- and seventeenth-century audiences grappled with
unknown entities and territories through the very process of representation.
Forcing ourselves to look with critical attention at early modern
representations of horror—works specifically designed to elicit fright,
confusion, terror, pity, and/or pain from the spectator—speakers will push
beyond the staid clichés about the Renaissance as a period of extraordinary
beauty and order, as the first stop on the heroic telos to the equally problematic ‘Enlightenment’ and turn instead
to embrace a messier, murkier, experimental, and experiential history of the
period. Focus will be placed on the status of representation in a historical
moment before the imposition of Art and Science as twin systems of
rationalization and containment.
REGISTRATION WILL TAKE PLACE 9:15 - 10 a.m. ON SAT. 08 MAY.
Please note that seats are limited, tickets (£10/£5 students - payable at the door with reservation) can be reserved in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshments will be served from 4.00-4.30 and a reception will follow after the last session...