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Abbey Rees-Hales

Visual Arts, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

(S)Ex-Libris: Women Artists and the Trade in Erotic Illustrated Books in Interwar Germany and France.

Research Area

  • Visual Arts

Publications

  • 'Saccharine Sapphism: The Homoerotic Graphic Art of Mariette Lydis', Dr Elizabeth English, Dr Jana Funke, Dr Sarah Parker (eds.), Interrogating Lesbian Modernism: Histories, Forms, Genres (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2021).
  • ''The woman thoroughly dominates': Lene Schneider-Kainer and the Weimar woman artist as illustrator of (homo)erotic print culture', Dr Artemis Alexiou and Dr Rose Roberto (eds.), Women in Print, Vol. 1: design and (re)construction of personal histories (Oxford: Peter Lang, forthcoming 2020).
  • '"Mit einer ziemlich weitgehenden weiblichen Indiskretion": Charlotte Berends Anita Berber: Acht Originallithographieen (1919)',  Hemma Schmutz and Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller (eds.), Wolfgang Gurlitt Zauberprinz: Kunsthändler – Sammler, exhibition catalogue, LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz (Munich: Hirmar Verlag, 2019), 169-176.
  • Chris Matthews and Abbey Rees-Hales, 'In the Modern Factory', C20 Magazine, 2015, 1, 16-23.


Conferences

 

  • 'Reserved for "Artists, intellectuals, bibliophiles and similar persons": High-end erotica and elitist assurances in Weimar Germany' (poster presentation), Sex, science, and censorship in the 19th and 20th centuries, University of Granada, Monday 17th February 2020.
  •  'A Borrowed Space? Lene Schneider-Kainer and the Weimar Woman Artist as Illustrator of Erotica'. Modern and Contemporary Forum, University of Birmingham, December 2018.
  • ' "With Quite Unrestrained Female Indiscretion": Charlotte Berend's Anita Berber: Acht Originallithographieen (1919)', Intersecting Identities Research Stream/ Department of Modern Languages Research Seminar, University of Birmingham, November 2018.
  • ' "With Quite Unrestrained Female Indiscretion": Charlotte Berend, Anita Berber and the Graphically-Graphic Body' (paper given in absentia), Graphic Modernisms panel, Modernist Studies Association annual conference, Columbus, Ohio, November 2018.
  • 'Charlotte Berend, Anita Berber and the Graphically-Graphic Body', Women in German Studies 30th Annual Conference, Aston University, November 2018. 
  • 'A New Erotic Renaissance Threatens Germany: Women Artists and Bibliophile (homo)erotica in the Early Weimar Republic', Women in Print: Production, Distribution and Consumption, Centre for Printing History, University of Birmingham, September 2018
  • 'Mytilene on the Banks of the Spree: Pierre Louÿs, Jeanne Mammenand a Sapphic Pseudograph', Echoes: A Symposium on Classic-Modern Relations, April 2018, University of Birmingham.
  • 'The Daughters of Bilitis: Pierre Louÿs, Jeanne Mammen and a Pseudo-Sapphic Hoax', Queer Modernism(s) II, University of Oxford, April 2018.


Other Research Interests

  • Art history and visual culture
  • Print culture
  • Book illustration
  • Feminism
  • Women artists
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • The reception of Sappho
  • Modernism and the 'Middlebrow'
  • Fashion history

Teaching

  • Postgraduate Teaching Associate, University of Birmingham, 2019/20.  Seminar tutor for first year History of Art module, 'Debates and Methods in Art History'.
  • Postgraduate Teaching Associate, University of Birmingham, 2018/19.  Seminar tutor for first year History of Art module, 'Debates and Methods in Art History'.