• Amelia Rauser
Professor of Art History
Art and Art History



Office: HUE24

I teach modern art history including specialized courses on London and Paris in the late 19th century, revolutionary art in France and America in the late 18th century, the history of fashion in the modern West, and a foundations course on the forms and functions of humor in Western culture.
My research focuses on published caricature in 18th-century Britain.  My publications include "Death or Liberty: British Political Prints and the Struggle for Symbols in the American Revolution," Oxford Art Journal (vol. 21 no. 2, 1998, pp. 151-171), "Embodied Liberty: Why Hogarth's Caricature of John Wilkes Backfired," in The Other Hogarth: Aesthetics of Difference, ed. Bernadette Fort and Angela Rosenthal (Princeton University Press, 2001, pp. 240-257), and "The Butcher-Kissing Duchess of Devonshire: Between Allegory and Caricature in 1784," in Eighteenth-Century Studies (vol. 36 no. 1, 2002).
I am currently working on a book-length manuscript that links the popularity of caricature to the emergence of the modern self, and that considers caricature as an ironic language of unmasking.
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