Karen Yuen to Hold Pre-Raphaelite Fellowship

    The University of Delaware Library and the Delaware Art Museum are pleased to announce Dr. Karen Yuen of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has been selected as the 2010 Fellow in Pre-Raphaelite Studies.  The jointly sponsored one-month Fellowship is intended for scholars conducting significant research in the lives and works of the Pre-Raphaelites and their friends, associates, and followers, which are specialties in the collections of the University of Delaware Library and the Delaware Art Museum.

    An independent scholar, Dr. Yuen has written widely on Victorian and Edwardian literature; the Pre-Raphaelites and Pre-Raphaelitism; connections between literature, music, and visual art; and women’s writing and masculinities. Yuen will begin using her Fellowship in April 2010 to conduct research for a book project, The Music of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  “I am honored to be the next Fellow and excited about coming to the Delaware Art Museum and the University of Delaware Library,” Yuen said. “It is a great opportunity to find such a wealth of resources outside the United Kingdom.”

    “The Pre-Raphaelite Fellowship builds on the extraordinary strengths of Special Collections of the University of Delaware Library; the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection; and the Delaware Art Museum.  It is a feast for a Pre-Raphaelite scholar,” observed Susan Brynteson, Vice Provost and May Morris Director of Libraries, University of Delaware.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Yuen to Delaware and are enthusiastic about helping to advance scholarship on Pre-Raphaelite art through this collaboration with the University of Delaware Library,” said Danielle Rice, Executive Director, Delaware Art Museum.

    “Dr. Yuen is the third scholar to hold this highly competitive fellowship,” said Ann Ardis, Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Director of the College of Arts and Sciences’ recently established Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center.  “It’s very exciting to see the Delaware Art Museum and the University sustain this important new collaboration centered on both institutions’ unique archival resources.”

    Dr. Yuen received a Ph.D. in English from the Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, United Kingdom; an M.A. in English from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; and a B.A. in English from The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

    Dr. Yuen will give a lecture on “Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Music” on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, which will be open to the public.

    For more information about the Fellowship, please visit [www.delart.org/education/fellowships.html].

    Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware, is home to the largest and most important collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art in the United States.  Assembled largely by the Wilmington industrialist, Samuel Bancroft, Jr., at the turn of the century (with significant subsequent additions), the collection includes paintings and drawings by all the major and minor Pre-Raphaelite artists, as well as decorative arts, prints, photographs, manuscripts, and rare books.  The Helen Farr Sloan Library and Archives, with a reference collection of 30,000 volumes, holds Samuel Bancroft’s papers and correspondence, a rich source for the history of collecting and provenance which also contains significant manuscript material by and about the Rossettis.  For more information, please call 302-571-9590 or visit [www.delart.org].

    The University of Delaware Library in Newark, Delaware, has broadly based and comprehensive collections—books, periodicals, electronic resources, microforms, government publications, databases, maps, manuscripts, media, and access to information via the Internet—which provide a major academic resource for the study of literature and art.  Many printed and manuscript items related to the Pre-Raphaelites and their associates are in the Special Collections Department, including major archives relating to the Victorian artist and writer, George Adolphus Storey, and to the bibliographer and forger, Thomas J. Wise.  The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, associated with the Special Collections Department, focuses on British literature and art of the period 1850 to 1900, with an emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and on the writers and illustrators of the 1890s.  Its rich holdings comprise 5,000 first and other editions (including many signed and association copies), manuscripts, letters, works on paper (including drawings by Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti), and ephemera.  For more information, please call 302-831-2965 or visit [www.lib.udel.edu].

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