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Expressive Bodies in Eighteenth-Century Satirical Prints
Amelia Rauser, October 30, 2015


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The Library often offers workshops and master classes throughout the year. The Lewis Walpole Library is offering two graduate student workshops in connection with the exhibition "Bawdy Bodies: Satires of Unruly Women": “We are an injured body”: Collectivity and the Female BodyOctober 2, led by Jill Campbell, Department of English, Yale University, and Expressive Bodies in Eighteenth-Century Satirical Prints October 30, led by Amelia Rauser, Professor of Art History, Franklin & Marshall College. Details are below.

The Library recently offered a residential two-day workshop for graduate students: Representing Slavery in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain as well as two residential master classes for graduate students: British History Painting in the Long Eighteenth Century and Caricature and the Comic Image, 1800-1850. For questions or more information please write to Cynthia Roman or Nicole Bouché

For a list of other past master classes and workshops click here.

The Library welcomes inquiries about and suggestions for future workshops and master classes. Please contact Cynthia Roman at or Susan Walker at

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Anonymous. Inconvenience of Dress, 1786. The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University, 786.05.19.01

Expressive Bodies in Eighteenth-Century Satirical Prints

Workshop for Graduate Students

October 30, 2015

9 am - 1 pm

Amelia Rauser, Professor of Art History, Franklin & Marshall College

The Lewis Walpole Library

Satirical prints made in late eighteenth-century England glory in the use of the caricatural visual language to deform subjects’ faces for expressive effect. But how should we read these figures’ bodies? Fat, thin, lumpen, unclothed, extravagant in gesture and in costume, satirical bodies were deployed by printmakers to lampoon, castigate, and celebrate their subjects. Such expressive bodies imply a concept of subjectivity—and even cognition—that is itself particularly embodied. In this workshop, we will investigate eighteenth-century embodiment in satire and fashion. In a session devoted to “Celebrity Bodies,” we will sample current scholarship on “celebrity studies” and discuss the applicability of this concept to eighteenth-century representations. And in a session on “Fashionable Bodies,” we will study the changing silhouettes of fashionable dress in the eighteenth-century—not only in print representations, but also by handling and even trying on costumes made in these silhouettes, to come to a better understanding of how they framed the body and shaped its movement.

While priority is given to Yale graduate students, the Library also welcomes graduate students from other universities to apply. To apply, please send one pdf containing a brief statement of interest, c.v., and letter of academic reference to Cynthia Roman, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings,

Transportation: Yale Shuttle to and from New Haven 
Accommodation at the Library’s Timothy Root House is available at no charge upon inquiry.

Those interested should contact by no later than Friday, October 23.  

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There are no Master Classes scheduled at this time.

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Individual Class Sessions

The Library welcomes visits by undergraduate and graduate classes from Yale and other institutions.

Members of the staff are available to work with faculty and teaching graduate students to develop and arrange special sessions to present materials on individual topics or in particular formats and to talk to students about the collection. Members of the Library staff are happy to assist instructors in identification and selection of appropriate collection items for presentation in class.

Classes provide students with an opportunity for a hands-on introduction to eighteenth-century primary source materials.

Flexible teaching options:

The classroom

We are also happy to arrange transportation for classes between New Haven and Farmington.

For further information or to schedule a class visit, contact

Susan Walker, Head of Public Services, at, 860-677-2140

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