Miss Natalie Reeve

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I am a doctoral student funded by TECHNE, the AHRC doctoral training partnership. I research the work of the Pre-Raphaelite artist-poet Elizabeth Siddal, exploring her corpus's complicated relationship with her literary and artistic creative predecessors, and with the contemporaries who shared her post-Romantic vantage point. I'm particularly interested in Siddal works which retell the stories of the past (whether that be drawing a Romantic poem, disruptively engaging with medieval art, or reshaping an ancient ballad as translated through a Romantic author), and partake in shared creative practice, using strategies developed alongside Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelites to interrogate Romantic ideals and their Victorian afterings. My thesis aims to be a radical interdisciplinary intervention into Pre-Raphaelite studies, one which brings that field into dialogue with broader questions of inheritance (artistic and poetic), creative inspiration and practice, modernity, self-representation, multi-subjectivity, and the relationship of the arts with the truth and the past. 

I am currently Assistant Director of the Royal Holloway Centre for Victorian Studies. For more information about CVS, upcoming events and general goings-on, follow us on Twitter (@RHUL_cvs) and Facebook (@RHULCVS). 

My other research interests (somewhat eclectically) include the Pre-Raphaelite movement more generally, Gilbert and Sullivan light operas and their cultural contexts, and the history of Royal Holloway College. 

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