GenderWork: The political stakes of pre-raphaelitism Book Chapter

Witcher, HB, Huseby, AK. (2020). GenderWork: The political stakes of pre-raphaelitism . 27-54. 10.1007/978-3-030-51338-2_2

cited authors

  • Witcher, HB; Huseby, AK



  • Heather Bozant Witcher and Amy Kahrmann Huseby assert the political activism of Pre-Raphaelitism's multimodality in this opening chapter. Through sustained readings of Ford Madox Brown's painting "Work, " Elizabeth Siddall's poem, "Lord, May I Come?, " and Christina Rossetti's sonnet, "A Triad, " Witcher and Huseby demonstrate how the political investments of the Pre-Raphaelites were founded upon a discourse about gender inequality. Turning in the second half of the chapter to the language of the "sister arts, " Witcher and Huseby attempt to annex the gender politics of Pre-Raphaelite poetics with the gendered language that instantiates the movement. In doing so, they stress the genre hybridity of literary Pre-Raphaelitism-the integration of music, art, and poetry-as a political endeavor that upholds the plurality sought by the poet-artists.

publication date

  • November 12, 2020

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 13

start page

  • 27

end page

  • 54