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Dr Claudine Van Hensbergen

Associate Professor

Department: Humanities

I joined the department at Northumbria in 2012 having completed a doctorate at Oxford University in 2010, and held research posts at Oxford University, York University and Tate Britain. 

Campus Address

Office: Lipman 020



Qualifications

  • BA (Hons)
  • MSt
  • DPhil
  • Associate Fellow (AFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Female Wits: Gender, Satire, and Drama, Van Hensbergen, C. 30 Jul 2019, The Oxford Handbook of Eighteenth-Century Satire, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • Anne Oldfield’s Domestic Interiors: Auctions, Material Culture and Celebrity, Van Hensbergen, C. 20 Jun 2018, Intimacy and Celebrity in Eighteenth-Century Literary Culture, Springer
  • Secret History and Amatory Fiction, van Hensbergen, C. May 2017, The Secret History in Literature, 1660-1820, Cambridge University Press
  • Unlocking The Cabinet of Love: Rochester, Reputation and the Eighteenth-Century Miscellany, van Hensbergen, C. Jan 2017, In: Eighteenth-Century Life
  • Public Sculpture of Queen Anne: The Minehead Commission (1715), van Hensbergen, C. 3 May 2016, Court, Country, City: Essays on British Art and Architecture, 1660--1735, Yale University Press
  • The Plays and Poems of Nicholas Rowe: The Late Plays, Bernard, S., van Hensbergen, C. 26 Oct 2016
  • Carving a Legacy: Public Sculpture of Queen Anne,c.1704-1712, van Hensbergen, C. Jun 2014, In: Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • 'All the World Knows Her storie': Aphra Behn and the Duchess of Mazarin, van Hensbergen, C. 2012, Prostitution and eighteenth-century culture: sex, commerce and morality, London, Pickering & Chatto
  • "Why I Write Them, I Can Give No Account": Aphra Behn and "Love-Letters to a Gentleman" (1696), van Hensbergen, C. 2011, In: Eighteenth-Century Life
  • Towards an epistolary discourse: receiving the eighteenth-century letter, van Hensbergen, C. Jul 2010, In: Literature Compass

Further Information

Funding Awards and Fellowships 

AHRC Leadership Award (ECR), ‘Learning through the Art Gallery: Art, Literature and Disciplinarity’ (PI), March 2019-Feb 2021. This grant (£189,346) supports my research for a new monograph exploring the relationship between art and literature, 1660-1735, and underwrites a collaborative project with the Laing and Shipley art galleries. 

Museum-University Partnership Initiative Award, Arts Council England (PI), May 2017. I was the lead applicant on two successful bids for seed funds to initiate collaborative projects with the Laing Gallery, Newcastle (£600), and the Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond (£800). 

UK ‘Being Human’ Festival of Humanities, Regional Hub Award (PI), April 2015. Funding awarded by the School of Advanced Studies, London, and underwritten by the AHRC and British Academy. 

Visiting Fellowship, Chawton House Library, June 2014. 

UK ‘Being Human’ Festival of Humanities Award (PI), April 2014. Funding awarded by the School of Advanced Studies, London, and underwritten by the AHRC and British Academy. 

Roberto Scipioni Bursary, St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, Sept 2010.

Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award, Sept 2006-August 2009.

 

Collaborations with External Partners 

I have been collaborating with the Laing Art Gallery for several years. The origins of this partnership lie in my teaching for the second-year option, ‘Working with our Cultural Heritage’, for which I lead teaching on the relationship between literature and visual culture, and which involves a visit to the Laing. In recent years our collaborative activities have extended to supervision of MRes projects working on literary resonances with the Laing’s collections, opportunities for Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) advertised through the AHRC-funded Northern Bridge Consortium, and public lectures at the gallery given by Northumbria staff. 

The next phase of this collaboration will be undertaken with funding from the AHRC for our project ‘Learning through the Art Gallery’. Northumbria staff are collaborating with the Laing and Shipley Art Galleries to create a new learning offer [https://laingartgallery.org.uk/whats-on/literature-through-art] through which KS4/5 pupils studying English can visit the Laing and Shipley for educational workshops. We aim to demonstrate how art collections can help pupils to develop and improve their study of language, literature and creative writing, whilst inspiring their wider interest in the Arts.

 

Teaching Interests 

At Northumbria, I teach on the following modules: 

* Research Methods: Traditional and Digital (Masters-level core module) 

* Writing Women: Aphra Behn in Focus (3rd-year optional module) 

* Working with our Cultural Heritage (2nd-year optional employability module) 

* Historical Fiction (2nd-year optional module) 

* Talking Texts (1st-year core module) 

* Introduction to Literary Studies (1st-year core module)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests 

My research interests lie in English print and visual culture from the 1660s to the 1730s. My work breaks down the traditional generic boundaries (between drama, poetry and prose), and between disciplines (Literature and History of Art) to better understand the wider correspondences of literature of this period. I am the co-founder (with Dr. David Taylor, Oxford) of the 18th-Century Literature and Visual Culture Research Network [eighteenthcenturyliteratureandvisualculture.wordpress.com].

 

Current and Recent Projects 

My new project, Learning through the Art Gallery: Art, Literature and Disciplinarity is funded through an AHRC Leadership Award (March 2019-Feb 2021). The project explores the relationship between literature and art during the period 1660-1735, arguing that during these decades art and literature were conceived of as part of a shared cultural discourse, from which, by the mid-eighteenth century, they would emerge as increasingly distinct forms and genres, served by their own theories, networks, institutions and markets. I will argue that the period marks a key turning point between Renaissance debates upon the relationship between the arts – fuelled by Horace’s concept of ut pictura poesis (‘as a painting, so a poem’) – and the modern tendency to view literature and the visual arts as distinct disciplines. 

The project involves a collaboration between Northumbria English staff and the learning teams of the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, and the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead. Our project is creating a new learning offer [https://laingartgallery.org.uk/whats-on/literature-through-art] through which KS4/5 pupils studying English can visit the Laing and Shipley for educational workshops. We aim to demonstrate how art collections can help pupils to develop and improve their study of language, literature and creative writing, whilst inspiring their wider interest in the Arts. To find out more about the project please visit our website [learningthroughtheartgallery.wordpress.com]. 

In recent years I have edited Nicholas Rowe’s late plays, The Tragedy of Jane Shore (1714) and The Tragedy of the Lady Jane Gray (1715) for Routledge, and seen a number of articles to publication which related to two major-funded projects with which I was involved between 2010-2012, these being the Leverhulme-funded Digital Miscellanies Index and the AHRC-funded Court, Country, City: British Art, 1660-1735.

PGR Supervision

  • Daisy Winter Start: 01/10/2019
  • John Hemy Reinscribing the Past: Morality, History, and Drama in the Works of Samuel Johnson, c.1726-1781 Start: 07/10/2014


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