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Title: Presenting the Pre-Raphaelites: Pre-Raphaelite Art in the Broadcast and Print Media 1942-1997
Author: Johnson, Chloe
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 2007
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Abstract:
Through the twentieth century the print and broadcast media have become major means of communication and the Pre-Raphaelites have received a significant amount of coverage, both positive and negative. In the early years of the twentie~h century the Pre-Raphaelites were largely forgotten. The publication of William Gaunt's The Pre-Raphaelite Tragedy in 1942 and the centenary of the formation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1947-8 led to a resurgence of interest in the group. A series of exhibitions were reviewed in the major newspapers and journals and the artists were the subject of a number of talks· on the Third Programme and featured in the channel's ambitious series The Ideas and Beliefs ofthe Victorians (1948). Coverage of a group of monographic exhibitions through the 1960s and 70s brought . new academic research to public attention, while Ken Russell's Omnibus film 'Dante's Inferno' (BBC 2, 1967) and The Love School, a six-part costume drama (BBC 2, 1975), made the Pre-Raphaelites popular with a broad audience. In 1984 a major Tate exhibition established the group as a significant British avantgarde movement and through the 1990s it became seen as a precursor to developments in European art. The media has reflected these advances and been a platform for the creative reconstruction of the Pre-Raphaelite image. Pre-Raphaelitism has featured in series such as Christopher Wood's Painters to the People (Channel 4, 1990 and Andrew GraJ1am-Dixon's survey A History ofBritish Art (BBC 1, 1995). It has also been the subject ofradio plays such as John Purser's drama Parrots and Owls (Radio 3, 1994) As we move into the digital age and the internet becomes a powerful tool, it is an important moment to assess the impact the media has had on perceptions of the PreRaphaelites and consider the implications this has for future research.
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Qualification Name: University of Sussex, 2007 Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.486995  DOI: Not available
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