“Art, Race and Fantastic Color Change in the Victorian Novel” Published by Dr. Jessica Durgan

Dr. Jessica Durgan, associate professor of English at Bemidji State University, recently published her first academic book entitled “Art, Race, and Fantastic Color Change in the Victorian Novel.”

In her book, Durgan discusses the study of color use during the Victorian period by authors and artists. She notes the Victorian period is exemplified by the rapid development of new color technologies and the upheavals of the first avant-garde art movements. The book also explores how artists and authors during this time period drew on color to consider questions of identity and difference through the imaginative possibilities of color.

“Art, Race, and Fantastic Color Change in the Victorian Novel” was published by Routledge Press. Her work has previously appeared in journals such as “Victorian Literature and Culture” and “Persuasions Online”, as well as in the book collections “Eighteenth-Century Thing Theory in a Global Context: From Consumerism to Celebrity Culture” and “The Victorian Era in Twenty-First Century Children’s and Adolescence Literature and Culture.”



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