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Michelle Reynolds

PhD student

I am PhD candidate based in Art History and Visual Culture and English at the University of Exeter, co-supervised by Dr Patricia Zakreski and Professor John Plunkett. My PhD project looks at the relationship between the emergence of the New Woman and the professionalism of women illustrators in the commercial art marketplace. I am also interested in the New Woman’s visual representation and how women illustrators contributed to this representation. More broadly, my research interests include women artists, print and exhibition culture, photography, and fashion. I am currently a Postgraduate Representative for the Centre for Victorian Studies at the University of Exeter.






2020-present: University of Exeter, PhD in Art History and Visual Culture


2018-2019: University of Sussex, MA in Art History and Museum Curating with Photography


2015-2016: University of Plymouth, MA in Photography


2011-2015: University of Kansas, BFA in Visual Art


Papers Given:


RSVP Annual Conference – Revolution(s), Evolution(s), Circulation(s), 8-11 September 2021

Paper Title: Aubrey Beardsley to Ethel Reed: The Visual Evolution of the New Woman in The Yellow Book


VPFA Annual Conference – Victorian Inclusion and Exclusion, 14-16 July 2021

Paper Title: After Beardsley: The Inclusion of Women Illustrators in The Yellow Book


Jadavpur – Exeter Seminar Series, 18 May 2021

Paper Title: From Aubrey Beardsley to Ethel Reed: Women Illustrators in The Yellow Book


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