Dr Peter Cooke - Research
- Pictorial narrative
- French history painting
- Gustave Moreau (1826-1898)
- painting and literature in nineteenth-century France
- art criticism
- post-Romantic poetry
I have just completed a monograph (Gustave Moreau: History Painting, Spirituality, and Symbolism), which will be publlshed by Yale University Press. This is the culmination of many years of work on Moreau, begun in 1991 with a D.Phil. thesis at the University of Oxford. I am co-editing a collective book on narrative painting in France, based on the international conference held at Manchester in January 2010. I have also recently curated an exhibition, Picturing Stories: British and French romantic illustrations, currently running at the John Rylands Library, Deansgate (9 August 20013 to 9 January 2014). I am now planning to write a biography of Gustave Moreau.
My ongoing interests lie in the field of nineteenth-century post-romantic painting and poetry, and in the problems of narrativity in painting: how do pictures tell stories? How do pictures create meaning, in ways parallel, perhaps, to poetry, but specific to the language of painting?
I would be very happy to supervise research students in any areas which seem related to those above.