Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 38: “From Life: Julia Margaret Cameron, sympathetic Shakespeare and photographic afterlives.”

Session 38 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 7 October 2015 at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Bâtiment Olympes de Gouges, salle 347, 17h30-19h30).

Sarah Barnden (King’s College London) gave a paper entitled “From Life: Julia Margaret Cameron, sympathetic Shakespeare and photographic afterlives.” Her respondent was Pr. Ladan Niayesh (Université Paris Diderot).

1. Julia Margaret Cameron, 1865, Prospero and Miranda, albumen print. Models: Henry Taylor and Mary Ryan. 2. Julia Margaret Cameron, 1872, King Lear allotting his kingdom to his three daughters, albumen print. Models: Lorina Liddell, Edith Liddell, Charles Hay Cameron, Alice Pleasance Liddell.

1. Julia Margaret Cameron, 1865, Prospero and Miranda, albumen print. Models: Henry Taylor and Mary Ryan.
2. Julia Margaret Cameron, 1872, King Lear allotting his kingdom to his three daughters, albumen print. Models: Lorina Liddell, Edith Liddell, Charles Hay Cameron, Alice Pleasance Liddell.

1. Julia Margaret Cameron, 1867, Romeo and Juliet, albumen print. Models: Henry John Stedman Cotton and Mary Ryan. 2. Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson), c.1859, Alice Liddell as the Beggar Maid, albumen print. Model: Alice Pleasance Liddell.

1. Julia Margaret Cameron, 1867, Romeo and Juliet, albumen print. Models: Henry John Stedman Cotton and Mary Ryan.
2. Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson), c.1859, Alice Liddell as the Beggar Maid, albumen print. Model: Alice Pleasance Liddell.

We worked with sections from the following texts:

  • Julia Margaret Cameron, Annals of my Glass House, 1874, first published in Photo Beacon 2 (1890), pp.157-60. Cameron
  • Peter Holland, ‘Haunting Shakespeare, or King Lear meets Alice’ pp.197-216 in Theatre and Ghosts: Materiality, Performance and Modernity ed. Mary Luckhurst and Emilie Morin, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) Holland
  • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 1606. KING LEAR
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