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PATRICIA SMYTH

Historical talk, for Illumini Event 20102010 . . . . .. .. /////////////////////////////////////////////////

Category: Art Historian
Location: Nottingham
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Background

Dr Patricia Smyth is an art historian currently teaching in the Art History Department of Nottingham University. She works on nineteenth-century art and popular culture, in particular, the links between ‘high' art and popular entertainments such as melodrama and diorama.

Talk

Empire of Shadows

This talk explores Victorian London's criminal underworld through contemporary representations and popular melodramas in which the metropolis was reproduced on-stage. It will investigate the notorious subterranean locations believed to be occupied by a vast criminal and outcast population. The talk will also reveal the symbolism of London 's depths in the nineteenth century as the locus of buried desires, a dark mirror to the world above ground and a lost realm of magic and superstition in contrast to the daylight city of rationalism and progress.