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Profile: Lucy Hartley

Title: Professor and Associate Chair
D. Phil., York (U. K.)  1996

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

Nineteenth-century studies; intellectual and cultural history; aesthetics and politics; history and philosophy of science.

Secondary Interests


Physiognomy and the Meaning of Expression in Nineteenth-Century Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001; paperback edition, 2005

Selected Articles
"Art." The Cambridge Companion to John Ruskin. Ed. Francis O'Gorman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
"Democracy at the Crossroads: Tocqueville, Mill, and the Conflict of Interests." The American Experiment and the Idea of Democracy in British Culture, 1776-1914. Ed. Ella Dzelainis and Ruth Livesey. Ashgate Series in Transatlantic Studies,  2013. 101-126.
‘John Stuart Mill.’ Oxford Bibliographies Online: Victorian Literature. Ed. Juliet John. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
"Aesthetic Theories." The Oxford History of the Novel in English. Volume 3: The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880. Ed. John Kucich and Jenny Bourne Taylor. Oxford University Press, 2011. 322-340.
"War and Peace, or governmentality as the ruin of democracy." Rethinking Foucault in an Age of Terror. Eds. Stephen Morton and Stephen Bygrave. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. 131-155.
"Intellectual History and Art History." Palgrave Guide to Intellectual History. Ed. Brian Young and Richard Whatmore. Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. 65-91.
"Constructing the Common Type: Physiognomic Norms and the Notion of ‘Civic Usefulness’, from Lavater to Galton." Histories of the Normal and the Abnormal: Social and Cultural Histories of Norms and Normativity. Ed. Waltraud Ernst. Routledge, 2006. 101-121.
"A Dramatic Art of Everyday Life: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and a Very Ordinary Aesthetic." Journal of Victorian Culture 7.2 (2002): 173-195.
"A Science of Beauty? Femininity, Fitness, and the Physiognomic Tradition in Mid-Nineteenth Century Britain." Women: A Cultural Review, special issue on ‘Gender and Science’. Ed. Isobel Armstrong and Laura Marcus. 12 (2001): 19-31.
"Conflict not Conversation: The Defeat of Dialogue in Bakhtin and De Man." New Formations 41 (2000): 71-82.
"‘‘Griffinism, Grace and All’: The Riddle of the Grotesque in John Ruskin’s Modern Painters." Victorian Culture and the Idea of the Grotesque. Eds. David Amigoni, Paul Barlow, and Colin Trodd. London: Scolar Press, 1999. 81-95.
‘‘The Sign in the Eye of What is Known to the Hand’: Visualizing Expression in Charles Bell’s Essays on Anatomy." Textual Practice 10 (1996): 83-121.

Art Criticism
"The Jellyfish and the Pentagram: Reflections on beauty as longing and renewal." Essay commissioned for Browsing Beauty by Andrea Sunder-Plassmann and Sigi Torinus. Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Canada. October 30-November 29 2009. 
"Refrangibility, or Refracting the Human Subject." Essay commissioned for Beverly Fishman: Optical Unconscious. The Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University: 23 August - 12 October 2008.
"Strategies of Interpretation: in and out of the frame--'Unknown man, formerly known as Johann Zoffany, Unknown artist, 1761, oil on canvas, 527x413mm, NPG399." Knowing the Unknown Sitter. 2005. Ed. Nicky Bird and Lara Perry.

I recently completed a book entitled: The Interest in Beauty: Art and Public Poltical Life in Nineteenth-Century Britain.

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