New Book | The Hanoverian Succession

Posted in books by Editor on September 26, 2015

From Ashgate:

Andreas Gestrich and Michael Schaich, eds., The Hanoverian Succession: Dynastic Politics and Monarchical Culture (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), 304 pages, ISBN: 978-1472437655, $135.

9781472437655The Hanoverian succession of 1714 brought about a 123-year union between Britain and the German electorate of Hanover, ushering in a distinct new period in British history. Under the four Georges and William IV Britain became arguably the most powerful nation in the world with a growing colonial Empire, a muscular economy and an effervescent artistic, social and scientific culture. And yet history has not tended to be kind to the Hanoverians, frequently portraying them as petty-minded and boring monarchs presiding over a dull and inconsequential court, merely the puppets of parliament and powerful ministers. In order both to explain and to challenge such a paradox, this collection looks afresh at the Georgian monarchs and their role, influence and legacy within Britain, Hanover and beyond.

Concentrating on the self-representation and the perception of the Hanoverians in their various dominions, each chapter shines new light on important topics: from rivalling concepts of monarchical legitimacy and court culture during the eighteenth century to the multi-confessional set-up of the British composite monarchy and the role of social groups such as the military, the Anglican Church and the aristocracy in defining and challenging the political order. As a result, the volume uncovers a clearly defined new style of Hanoverian kingship, one that emphasized the Protestantism of the dynasty, laid great store by rational government in close collaboration with traditional political powers, embraced army and navy to an unheard of extent and projected this image to audiences on the British Isles, in the German territories and in the colonies alike. Three hundred years after the succession of the first Hanoverian king, an intriguing new perspective of a dynasty emerges, challenging long held assumptions and prejudices.

Andreas Gestrich is Director of the German Historical Institute London. His present research interests comprise the history of family, childhood and youth, the history of poverty and poor relief, media history and the social history of religious groups. His publications include, among others, Absolutismus und Öffentlichkeit: Politische Kommunikation in Deutschland zu Beginn des 18. Jahrhunderts (1994), Familie im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert (1999) and (ed. with Christiane Eisenberg) Cultural Industries in Britain and Germany: Sport, Music and Entertainment from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century (2012).

Michael Schaich is Deputy Director of the German Historical Institute London. His current research focuses on the symbolic representation of the British monarchy and state during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His publications include Staat und Öffentlichkeit im Kurfürstentum Bayern der Spätaufklärung (2001), (ed.) Monarchy and Religion: The Transformation of Royal Culture in Eighteenth-Century Europe (2007) and (ed. with R.J.W. Evans and Peter H. Wilson) The Holy Roman Empire, 1495–1806 (2011).

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1  Introduction, Michael Schaich

I. Dynastic Legacies
2  The Hanoverian Monarchy and the Legacy of Late Stuart Kingship, Ronald G. Asch
3  The House of Brunswick-Lüneburg and the Holy Roman Empire: The Making of a Patriotic Dynasty, 1648–1714?, Martin Wrede.

II. Representing Protestantism
4  George I, the Hanoverian Succession, and Religious Dissent, David Wykes
5  Hanover-Britain and the Protestant cause, 1714–1760, Andrew C. Thompson
6  The Hanoverians and the Colonial Churches, Jeremy Gregory

III. Image Policies
7  The Hanoverian Monarchy and the Culture of Representation, Tim Blanning
8  ‘Every Inch Not a King’: The Bodies of the (First Two) Hanoverians, Robert Bucholz
9  Monarchy, Affection and Empire: The Hanoverian Dynasty in Eighteenth-Century America, Brendan McConville
10  Visions of Kingship in Britain under George III and George IV, G.M. Ditchfield

IV. Contested Loyalties
11  The Hanoverian Succession and the Politicisation of the British army, Hannah Smith
12  Jacobitism and the Hanoverian Monarchy, Gabriel Glickman
13  The Alternative to the House of Hanover: The Stuarts in Exile, 1714–1745, Edward Corp
14  Radical Popular Attitudes to the Monarchy in Britain during the French Revolution, Amanda Goodrich


Call for Papers | Gillray after Gillray: Echoes and Influences

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on September 26, 2015

From H-ArtHist:

Gillray after Gillray: Echoes and Influences in Rude Britannia, Then and Now
Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris, 29 January 2016

Proposals due by 15 October 2015

The year 2015 witnessed a number of exhibitions and conferences devoted to James Gillray’s bicentenary and the artist’s graphic work. But Gillray after Gillray is a study day aimed at discussing Gillray’s posterity and visual heritage across several areas of British and European culture in the course of a century. British caricaturists frequently claim to work in the wake of Gillray’s satirical spirit (Ralph Steadman, Gerald Scarfe, Martin Rowson, Steve Bell) and as such manifest their debt to the artist’s approach to the body and to politics. Other artistic forms, on the other hand, may be derived from the Georgian era but in a less obvious manner, for instance, The Chapman Brothers’ envisioning of Capricios is indebted to Goya’s series, but the title Like a Dog Returns to its Vomit twice appears to be closer to motifs such as digestive discomforts and uncontrolled regurgitation recurrently exploited by Gillray in his prints and drawings. Looking at graphic afterlives and avatars of Gillray’s caricatures and his particularly vitriolic sense of satire is also an opportunity to extend current critical views from editorial cartooning and contemporary art onto a whole range of satirical forms in mass media. Issues that may be raised, though not exclusively so, may range from art-historical approaches to case studies of post Georgian era reception.

Submissions are invited that engage with examples of graphic satire dating from any point across the last 250 years and that address the following questions, among others:
• What traces of Gillray can be identified in contemporary painting, installation art, video or even TV?
• How can we engage with the notion of morbid comic as for instance demonstrated in the works of the Young British Artists?
• Public space and the aesthetics of graphic satire
• Politeness, decorum and Rude Britannia from 1790 to nowadays
• British tabloids as part of Gillray’s influence and heritage
• What exactly is « rude » in British visual and mass media culture?
• How far can Gillray be viewed as a founding father of a specific approach to visual satire?
• Art, visual satire as something deliberately spectacular and shocking
• Art, commerce and visual satire then and now

Please send proposals (of no more than 250 words) for 20-minute papers to Brigitte Friant-Kessler and Morgan Labar before 15 October 2015. This study day will be held in French and English.

Brigitte Friant-Kessler
Maître de conférences en langues et cultures anglophones
Université de Valenciennes
Brigitte.Friant-Kessler@univ-valenciennes.fr / b.friant@free.fr

Morgan Labar
Doctorant contractuel en Histoire de l’art (ED441)
HiCSA, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

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