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Will Atkin

Teaching Associate in Art History, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I'm a Teaching Associate in History of Art in the department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies. I teach on nineteenth- and twentieth-century European art history, with a strong emphasis on French modernism.

I completed all of my studies in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art (BA, 2012; MA, 2013; PhD, 2017).

Teaching Summary

The modules I am currently leading include:

  • Modernity, Misery, Mystery: Art in France, 1846-1906
  • Surrealism and its Sources: from Romanticism to Cubism
  • Modernisms, 1850-1950

Other modules I am contributing include:

  • Art and Spectatorship
  • Critical Approaches to Art History and Visual Culture
  • Introduction to Art History I
  • Introduction to Art History II

Research Summary

My principal research interests relate to the history of the Surrealist Movement: its nineteenth-century literary and artistic sources; its intersection with twentieth-century avant-gardism; its… read more

Current Research

My principal research interests relate to the history of the Surrealist Movement: its nineteenth-century literary and artistic sources; its intersection with twentieth-century avant-gardism; its navigation of twentieth-century politics; its investment in magic and occultism. My forthcoming book, Surrealist Sorcery: the Magical Objects of the International Surrealist Movement, deals with many of these themes. The other main strand of my research has to do with artistic and literary figurations of industrial modernity in the mid-late nineteenth century.

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