Re-Presenting the Ambiguity in Christina Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market’ in Illustration and Music — Our September online lecture.
The ambiguity of Christina Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market’ has haunted the imagination of numerous artists from the very moment of its publication, a fascination which continues up to now, when new illustrated editions are being published and new musical productions are being staged. This talk will explore how illustrators and composers have transferred the poem into visual arts and music and will examine to what extent these creative transpositions have influenced the afterlife of Rossetti’s memorable lines. We will delve into Rossetti’s poetical language, with its sensuousness, rich imagery and musicality, and its adaptation into other sister arts, which will allow us to observe the manner in which illustration and music represent the source text.
Ester Diaz is a PhD Fellow in English Literary Studies at the Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED), Spain, where she holds a FPI grant. She completed a Master’s Degree in English Literature and Culture with a dissertation about the interrelationship between poetry and art, studying how John Keats became one of the strongest poetical influences on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Her doctoral research now focuses on the study of poetic language and how it can be translated, adapted or transferred into other languages or media such as painting and music.
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