Miss Sarah Fill

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PhDin Media Arts, Royal Holloway University of London, 2015

MAin Philosophy and Literature, with Merit University of Sussex, 2009

BA in Media Arts, Royal Holloway University of London, 2007

 

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I have recently completed a PhD thesis examining antiquity as a vital component in the relationship of modern art and national identity in 1930s Britain. To exemplify the reinterpretation of antiquity within British modernist art, I focus on the work of the painter Paul Nash and his engagement with the early-modern polymath Thomas Browne and the eighteenth-century antiquarian William Stukeley. Browne and Stukeley used the past as a means to muse, in the terms of religion and mythology, upon the present. In turn they revitalised antiquity by investing it with their own imaginations. I argue that Nash revitalised the past in a manner akin to Browne and Stukeley, although he did not do this with the religious spirit of the early modern period but reconstructed it through the building blocks of continental modernism. I have an interdisciplinary approach to British modernism and my research interests include painting, literature, film and photography. I have just finished a journal article examining the literary influences on Humphrey Jennings’ commercial film Making Fashion (1938) and am starting research for a book on notions of ‘home’ in the interwar years as disseminated by British female writers such as Elizabeth Bowen, Rosamond Lehmann, Nancy Mitford and Virginia Woolf. 

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