Romantic Portraits and their Afterlives: Media Arts in Dialogue

  • Fran Saggini (Chair)
  • Anna Enrichetta Soccio (Invited speaker)
  • Rita J Dashwood (Invited speaker)
  • Valentina Aparicio (Invited speaker)
  • Fran Saggini (Speaker)

Activity: Academic talk or presentation types › Invited talk


The seminar builds on the research experience of four speakers who have been
engaged in different yet complementing ways with the exploration of issues of
portraiture, cultural capital, and memorialisation in adjoining artistic ecologies.
According to the then/now heuristic approach, each panellist will discuss from
the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective the portrait of a
representative figure of Romanticism and map its multi-layered afterlives for
different purposes across time. What is lost and what is gained in these
transartistic, transcultural and transhistoric traffics? Is an author portrait a
biographical, an autobiographical or rather an autobiografictive act? And what
can transmediations and transculturation contribute to our knowledge of
Romantic politics as well as their later appropriation and resignification?
Among the topics discussed in this seminar: the portrait and/in the public
sphere; transhistorical constructions of authorship; portraiture and street art;
transmedia authors; portraits in State documents and objects. The case studies
the speakers engage with explore the multi-sided domain of Romantic
portraiture and its afterlives in relation to: Jane Austen, Frances Burney; Walter
Scott; Toussaint Louverture.
The speakers for this Seminar are Dr Valentina Aparicio (Queen Mary,
University of London), Dr Rita J. Dashwood (University of Liverpool), Prof.
Francesca Saggini (University of Edinburgh), Prof. Anna Enrichetta Soccio
(Università di Chieti).
Period9 Mar 2023
Held atBritish Association for Romantic Studies, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Frances Burney
  • Walter Scott
  • Jane Austen
  • Toussaint Louverture
  • portraiture
  • afterlives
  • autobiografiction
  • Material Culture
  • media
  • transmediality