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Christina Smylitopoulos

Christina Smylitopoulos

Christina Smylitopoulos ( christina [dot] smylitopoulos [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (email) ) is a PhD Candidate in Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University (GPA 4.0). Her research interests include eighteenth-century British graphic satire, the representation of empire in visual culture, commissioned portraiture of the British in India in the early nineteenth century and theoretical implications and intersections of image and text. She holds a BA (Hons) from the Department of History in Art at the University of Victoria (BC, Canada), and an MA (Distinction) in "Representations and Contexts, 1750-1850" from the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York (UK).

Smylitopoulos is currently completing her Doctoral Dissertation entitled "A Nabob's Progress: Graphic Satire, The Grand Master, and the source of Indian excess, 1770-1830" which "examines how the figure of the nabob was featured in British graphic satire to express domestic anxieties regarding a foreign, ad hoc empire in India. India had been portrayed in Britain through a rhetoric of excess which expressed uncontrollable greed, uninhibited passions, untreatable diseases and rampant ignorance. By means of the nabob, these corruptive forces would travel to the West to infect the metropole. Smylitopoulos argues that closer scrutiny of the representation of nabobs in graphic satire reveals that British critics understood the true source of Indian excess to be Britain itself.

A Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow, a Paul Mellon Centre for British Art Junior Fellow, Christina Smylitopoulos has received grants from the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon at the Library of Congress (Washington, DC), The Houghton Library at Harvard University, and served as an intern at the Getty Foundation (Los Angeles, CA).

Recent Publications

  • "Graphic Satire, Hudibrastics and 'Missionary Influence':The Grand Master; or, the Adventures of Qui Hi? In Hindostan by Thomas Rowlandson and William Combe, 1816." The British Art Journal VIII, no. 3 (2008): 39-49.
  • "Abandoning Graphic Satire and Illustrating Text: Cruikshank's Crowning Himself Emperor of France." In Word and Image in the Eighteenth Century: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, edited by Christina Ionescu and Renata Schellenberg, 323-42. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholarly Press, 2008.
  • "Rewritten and Reused: Imaging the Nabob Through "Upstart Iconography." Eighteenth-Century Life 32, no. 2 (2008): 39-59.

Conference Papers

  • (Scheduled) 14th David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Austrailia, July 4-8, 2011. Paper: "Debt, Empire, and Rowlandson's Challenge of the Imperial Periphery".
  • (Scheduled) 2010 Universities Art Association of Canada, University of Guelph, October 14-16, 2010.
    Paper: "'Miseries of the First of the Month': Drink and the Embodied Identity of the Nabob".
  • 2010 National American Society for the Study of Romanticism, August 18-22, Vancouver, British Columbia.
    Paper: "'Miseries of the First of the Month': Drink, Debt and Idleness and the Embodied Identity of the Nabob".
  • 2010 13th Annual Visual Impetus History in Art Symposium. University of Victoria, Victoria BC Paper: "The Grand Master and Missionary Influence".
  • 2009 American Society of for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Conference, Richmond, Virginia Paper: "Positioning Missionaries: Graphic Satire and Hudibrastics in The Grand Master".
  • 2009 Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory Symposium, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. Paper: "Im-'material' or Material: Replacing the Queen? Pierre Henri Révoil's Mary Queen of Scots Separated from her Faithful Servants, 1822".
  • 2008 Department of Art History and Communication Studies Speaker Series, McGill University, Montreal, QC Paper: "Graphic Satire, Hudibrastics and 'Missionary Influence'".
  • 2007 Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba Paper: "Wasting Excess: Graphic Satire and the Embodiment of Eastern Corruption in the Nabob, 1783- 1800".
  • 2007 13th Annual David Nichol Smith Seminar, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Paper: "Rewritten and Reused: Imaging the Nabob Through 'Upstart Iconography'".
  • 2007 Interdisciplinary Young Researchers Colloquium on Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Studies—Crossing Knowledge and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, University of Montreal, Art History Department. Montreal, QC. Paper: "Abandoning Emulation: Confronting Middle Station Art Consumption in Edward Millington's Auction at Tunbridge-Wells August 13, 1689".
  • 2006 Department of Art History and Communication Studies Speaker Series. McGill University, Montreal, QC Paper: "'Upstart Iconography': Imaging the Nabob in Eighteenth Century British Graphic Satire".
  • 2002 Visual Impetus History in Art Symposium. University of Victoria, Victoria BC. Paper: "'Punch' Line Without the Joke".

Courses Taught:

ARTH 338- Visual Culture in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution (1715-1830), UBC

ARTH 201 "Introduction to Art History II", McGill

Research Assistantships/Consultancies/Coordinator Positions

  • Hallmark Society, Victoria, BC
  • Community University Research Alliance (CURA), University of Victoria
  • Prof. Carol Gibson-Wood's "Popular Painters in London 1680-1720", History in Art, University of Victoria
  • Reference and Collections, Gifts Coordinator, University of Victoria Libraries
  • Art History, History and Special Collections Library Consultant, University of Victoria Libraries
  • Martlet Publishing Group, University of Victoria
  • University of Victoria History in Art Slide Library
  • Mentor, Disability Services, Camosun College, Victoria, BC