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Heather Graham

Heather Graham is Associate Professor of Art History at California State University, Long Beach. Before coming to CSU, Long Beach she was Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at Metropolitan State University in Denver Colorado. Her research and publications explore early modern Italian art as it intersects with the history of the body and of the emotions, early modern medicine, mourning behaviors and death, gender and sexual culture, and religion. She enjoys working with CSULB students and is especially committed to education abroad.

She is co-editor and contributing author for Visualizing Sensuous Suffering and Affective Pain in Early Modern Europe and the Spanish Americas (2018), published through Brill’s Studies on Art, Art History and Intellectual History series. Her second edited volume with Brill, Art, Religion and Emotions in the Transatlantic World, is in production (2021). Her monograph book project, Bodies of Mourning: Grief, Maniera, and the History of Affect, c. 1520–1550 (in-progress) traces the development of grief imagery through the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, focusing on how the conspicuous artificiality and stylish fluidity in mannerist depictions of grieving behaviors informed the works’ devotional and social functions. Her text considers these images in light of the history of gender, the body, and the emotions.

She is Co-Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at CSU, Long Beach, and Contributing Editor for Renaissance Art in Central Italy for Smarthistory. She is also organizer of the CSULB Center for Medieval and Renaissance Study’s conference, Afterlives: Reinvention, Reception, Reproduction, held biennially at Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale, CA.

Education

  • PhD, University of California—Los Angeles, 2010
  • MA, University of California—Los Angeles, 2004
  • BA, Loyola Marymount University, 2000

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Co-Editor, Visualizing Sensuous Suffering and Affective Pain in Early Modern Europe and the Spanish Americas (Leiden: Brill, 2018).

Co-Editor, Emotions, Art, and Christianity in the Transatlantic World, c. 1400–1800 (Leiden: Brill, 2021).

“A Mother’s Wise and Prudent Grief: Reading Raphael’s Baglioni Entombment through the History of Emotions.” In Emotions, Art, and Christianity in the Transatlantic World, c. 1400–1800, edited by Heather Graham and Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank (Leiden: Brill, 2021).

“Compassionate Suffering: Somatic Selfhood and Gendered Affect in Italian Lamentation Imagery.” In Visualizing Sensuous Suffering and Affective Pain in Early Modern Europe and the Spanish Americas, edited by Heather Graham and Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, 82–115 (Leiden: Brill, 2018).

“Artifice and Interiority: The Image of Grief in the Age of Reform.” In Vanishing Boundaries: Scientific Knowledge and Art Production in the Early Modern Era, edited by A. Victor Coonin and Lilian H. Zirpolo, 25–50 (Ramsey, NJ: Women Art Patrons and Collectors Conference Organization, 2015).

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