About Nicole Entin
I am a Scholar from the 2022 cohort at the University of St Andrews, pursuing an MA (Joint Hons) in English and Art History. My areas of interest include nineteenth and early twentieth-century art and literature, with a particular focus on the Victorian and Modernist periods.
My Laidlaw research project was on 'Alfred Tennyson's Idylls of the King and Other Poems Illustrated by Julia Margaret Cameron: challenges to gender roles and tradition in the formation of Victorian artistic and literary legacies.' This interdisciplinary project presented the overlooked contributions of a female photographer in one of the most dynamic transitory periods in art and literature. Using Cameron's edition of Tennyson's Idylls as a case study that focuses on the female gaze as a 'translator' of the male poetic voice, this project aimed to understand how this work challenged traditional views of art, literature, and gender roles. I was honoured to have been awarded 'Best Poster in the Arts Faculty' for the research poster that I created based on my project.
My Leadership in Action project has taken some of the core ideas from my self-defined research project and seeks to apply them in educational settings. I am partnering with local schools and non-profit arts organisations in Scotland to create workshops that promote widening access in the arts and the many benefits of creative engagement to young people facing disadvantages in education. These dynamic, hands-on workshops are oriented around the idea of finding personal connections to the art and literature of the past and promoting its accessibility and contemporary relevance.
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Alfred Tennyson's Idylls of the King and Other Poems Illustrated by Julia Margaret Cameron: Challenges to Gender Roles and Tradition in the Formation of Victorian Artistic and Literary Legacies
Channels contributed to:Leadership Arts & Humanities Research
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The photography workshop and the stop motion film project sound like fantastic initiatives! It's truly heartwarming to see how you've blended the old with the new, making past relics come alive for the youth. Kudos to you for not just growing as a leader, but for also ensuring these young creators see how their voices matter in the vast world of arts and culture.
Thank you for your kind and insightful words! I had a wonderful summer working on this project, and I'm looking forward to attending this year's Laidlaw Conference, as its theme of 'Conversations' resonates with the ideas of representation and accessibility in the arts that I developed through my LiA. I'm excited to hear what other perspectives on the theme will be brought to the table by scholars and speakers alike!