Williamson Presents on Balkans’ Resistance to Ottoman Tyranny

Posted on 11/3/2015 8:48:37 AM

Michael T. Williamson (English Department) presented a paper, “Landscapes of Freedom: Nineteenth Century British Women Writers and the Polities of Intervention in the Balkans and the USA,” at the Pennsylvania College English Association on Oct. 2, 2015.

This paper considers how literary aspects of art history, particularly the work of the 18th-century German art critic J.J. Winkelmann, influenced the way 19th-century British women writers depicted national landscapes as landscapes of freedom from the rule of tyranny. The paper focuses on the resistance of people in the Balkans to Ottoman tyranny and on 1850’s poetry advocating civil war in the USA to abolish slavery.