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Friday Forum for Graduate Research: Kristen Laciste
May 12, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm | Humanities 1, Room 202
From Maidservant to Anomalous Aristocrat: Imaging and Imagining Dido Elizabeth Belle
The double portrait of cousins, entitled, Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray, is truly an anomaly in 18th century British art. Depicting two aristocratic women, one back and one white, the painting inspired the 2014 film, Belle. Incorporating the fancy and flair of period dramas, the creators of Belle fabricated a largely fictional account, envisioning Dido with a generous measure of agency and influence despite being black and female. This is evident in the portrait revealed in the movie. Though the original painting and film version are nearly identical, this presentation examines the two, considering the implications of the alterations made in the latter.
Friday Forum Spring quarter 2017 Schedule:
Humanities 1 Room 202
A weekly interdisciplinary colloquium series for sharing graduate research across the humanities. Join us for light refreshments and weekly presentations by your fellow graduate students.
April 21, 2017: Jaclyn N. Schultz, History
April 28, 2017: Baizhu Chen, Economics
May 5, 2017: Danielle Crawford, Literature
May 12, 2017: Kristen Laciste, HAVC
May 19, 2017: Kara Hisatake, Literature
May 26, 2017: Yuki Obayashi, Literature
June 2, 2017: Angela Nguyen, Psychology