Art History doctoral candidate Jennifer S. Pride has been awarded an International Dissertation Semester Research Fellowship from the Graduate School at Florida State University. She will spend the Fall 2013 semester performing archival research in Paris, France at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Bibliothèque de l’Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Bibliothèque de l’institut de France, Le Centre de recherches en histoire du XIXe siècle, Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, and Musee d’Orsay, Documentation Centre and Library.
For her doctoral dissertation Jennifer examines French modernity by focusing on the impact of the Haussmannization (urban rebuilding, 1852-1870) of Paris under Emperor Napoleon III and the decade that followed. Titled “Picturing Trauma in Haussmannized Paris,” this dissertation introduces a new model for interpreting the formal techniques and subject matter that avant-garde artists developed in opposition to prevailing academic pictorial conventions. Although trauma theory has been used in literary studies to understand the psychology of trauma, Jennifer has de-psychologized, redefined and adapted the model to visual arts. Specifically, she focuses on the trauma of social upheaval on a grand-scale in mid-nineteenth-century Paris wherein the topography of the city and social relations became fragmented and unrecognizable and, as a result, un-representable by means of traditional artistic methods. In so doing, she analyzes the function and capacity of painting to articulate the experience of trauma, and, in particular, how the trauma of Haussmann’s Paris spurred a new generation of artists who grappled with the fragmented urban center as a subject for painting.