Category Emotional Objects Archive

Richard III: Is it something about the bones themselves?

Mathew Lyons is a writer and historian. His most recent book is The Favourite (Constable & Robinson) about the relationship between Walter Ralegh and Elizabeth I. Previous books include Impossible Journeys and There and Back Again: In the Footsteps of JRR Tolkien. He is a columnist for History Today and has written for a wide […]

Ever Present: The Work of Doris Salcedo

Macushla Robinson is an emerging art theorist and assistant curator of contemporary international art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She studied art theory, philosophy and printmaking at the Australian National University and University of Sydney, winning the latter’s University Medal. Macushla has recently been awarded the John Monash scholarship, which will take her […]

The Emotional Self-Narrative Materialised

Polly Bull has a PhD in the history of reading and gender from the University of London. She currently works in higher education publishing, whilst pursuing freelance writing projects. Polly tweets @pollyebull. For further articles and projects, please see her new blog, http://www.pollybull.org. ___________________________________________________________________________ The Emotional Self-Narrative Materialised Self-reflective diaries are inevitably emotional. Wording out psychic […]

Queer Objects of Affection

Claire Hayward is a History PhD candidate at Kingston University. Her thesis explores representations of same-sex love in public history, including museums, historic houses, archives and monuments. She writes her own blog at https://exploringpublichistories.wordpress.com/ and tweets from @HaywardCL Queer Objects of Affection In an interview in 1981, Michel Foucault said that it was not sexual […]

The Gentleman’s Magazine: At once a FAV’RITE and a FRIEND

Gillian Williamson is a research student at Birkbeck College, University of London. She recently submitted her PhD thesis on masculinity in the 18th-century Gentleman’s Magazine and is awaiting her viva in July. ___________________________________________________________________________ At once a FAV’RITE and a FRIEND [1] Gentleman’s Magazine for July 1736, pocket-sized in its original blue cover, stitched with linen […]

Mrs Pumphrey’s Key

Susan Woodall is currently studying for a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is researching the relationship between the material setting and the reform methodology of institutions for ‘fallen’ women in nineteenth-century England. Her particular interest is in the interaction between the material culture of the locus of reform and the reform process […]

An Eighteenth-Century Pap Boat: Breastfeeding, Pride & Maternal Love

Sarah Fox is currently studying for an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Manchester. Her research examines the experience of childbirth at all levels of society throughout the eighteenth century. Follow her on Twitter @foxvshedgehog Breastfeeding a newborn child is one of the most emotionally charged periods within the female lifecycle. Think of the recent twitter storm […]