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Dr Stephanie O'Rourke

Lecturer

Researcher profile

Phone
+44 (0)1334 462358
Email
so38@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

Biography

Educated at Harvard University (BA 2008) and Columbia University (PhD 2016), Stephanie O'Rourke joined the University of St Andrews in 2016. She was recently awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for a book project on changing conceptions of geological and historical time in relation to early nineteenth-century art, and will be on research leave from January 2020 to September 2021. 

Research areas

Stephanie O?Rourke specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European visual culture, particularly in relation to scientific knowledge, spectatorship, and media technologies. Her recent publications on this can be found in RepresentationsArt HistoryEighteenth-Century Studies, Oxford Art JournalJournal18 and elsewhere. 

O?Rourke?s first book project examines the relationship between art and the production of scientific knowledge at the dawn of the nineteenth century. Focusing on the work of Henry Fuseli, Philippe de Loutherbourg, and Anne-Louis Girodet, the book reveals how each artist engaged with the visual, structural, and conceptual features of popular scientific discourses. In doing so, it identifies some of the ways that artworks were critical actors in a larger epistemological transformation taking place at the twilight of European Enlightenment. 

She is also working on a second book project funded by Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust that examines how late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century European artists engaged with changing ideas about the history of the natural world -- and how these ideas shaped, in turn, their understanding of human history. Focusing on a handful of artists from Britain, France, and Germany, it explores how landscape painting was embedded in two, interconnected discourses: scientific debates about Earth's 'deep history', on the one hand, and, on the other hand, the formation of 'history' as a humanistic, academic discipline.

Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Yale Center for British Art, the Royal Academy, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, and elsewhere. From 2013-14 she was a Mellon-funded research fellow at The Museum of Modern Art, where she worked primarily on the exhibition 'Degas: A Strange New Beauty' (2016).

PhD supervision

  • Sofya Dmitrieva

Selected publications

  • Histories of the self: Anne-Lois Girodet and the Trioson portrait series

    O'Rourke, S., 2019, In : Eighteenth-Century Studies. 52, 2, p. 201-223

    Research output: Contribution to journal ? Article

  • Staring into the abyss of time

    O'Rourke, S., 12 Nov 2019, In : Representations. 148, 1, p. 30-56 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journal ? Article

  • 1879

    O'Rourke, S., 2018, The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition: A Chronicle, 1769?2018. Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding ? Other contribution

  • Girodet's galvanized bodies

    O'Rourke, S., Nov 2018, In : Art History. 41, 5, p. 868-893

    Research output: Contribution to journal ? Article

  • Patchwork classicism

    O'Rourke, S., 1 Dec 2017, In : Oxford Art Journal . 40, 3, p. 501-505

    Research output: Contribution to journal ? Book/Film/Article review

  • Beholder, beheaded: theatrics of the guillotine and the spectacle of rupture

    O'Rourke, S., 2016, Visual Culture and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Padiyar, S., Shaw, P. & Simpson, P. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 25-39 15 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding ? Chapter (peer-reviewed)

  • The Singular Multiple

    O'Rourke, S., 2016, Degas: A Strange New Beauty. Hauptman, J. (ed.). New York: The Museum of Modern Art

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding ? Chapter

  • Invisibilities: Mesmer in the Archive

    O'Rourke, S., 2015, Imponderable: The Archive of Tony Oursler. Zürich: LUMA Foundation

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding ? Chapter

  • A Surrealist Fact

    O'Rourke, S. & Hauptman, J., 2014, Object:Photo. Modern Photographs: The Thomas Walther Collection 1909?1949. Abbaspour, M., Daffner, L. A. & Hambourg, M. (eds.). New York: The Museum of Modern Art

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding ? Other contribution

 

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