Monday Lecture – 8th June, Dr Serena Trowbridge: Pre Raphaelite Mythbuster: Gossip, Scandals and Secrets
June 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Did Elizabeth Siddall’s hair really grow in her coffin? Why did Effie Gray really divorce Ruskin? Did Rossetti really seduce all his models? Why was Swinburne considered so shocking? What made Christina Rossetti break off her engagements? This lecture will look at the evidence and explore a number of myths surrounding the Victorian artists associated with the Pre-Raphaelites.
Dr Serena Trowbridge is Reader in Victorian Literature at Birmingham City University. Recent publications include My Ladys Soul: The Poetry of Elizabeth Siddall (2018).
She has published on a wide range of related topics including Pre-Raphaelite poetry, ecological writing, Gothic, and lunatic asylums. She particularly enjoys talking about sex, death and feminism in the nineteenth century.