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Loyola Marymount University
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Britain and Ireland, museums, art, industrialization, imperialism, history of anthropology, cultural history, British Empire
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About Me

Amy Woodson-Boulton is associate professor of British and Irish history and recent past Chair of the Department of History at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She has published on cultural reactions to industrialization and on the social role of art, including her monograph Transformative Beauty: Art Museums in Industrial Britain (Stanford, 2012) and a volume that she coedited with Minsoo Kang, Visions of the Industrial Age, 1830–1914: Modernity and the Anxiety of Representation (Routledge, 2008). She is currently researching anthropological and art critical understandings of art and nature during the Age of Empire.

Recent Publications

“‘‘The natives have a decided feeling for form’: Oceania, ‘Primitive Art,’ and the Illusion of Simplicity,” in The Victorians and Oceania, ed. Richard Fulton, Peter H. Hoffenberg, Allison Paynter, and Stephen Hancock (New York: Routledge, 2018), 15-36

Book review, “Women and Museums, 1850-1914: Modernity and the Gendering of Knowledge,” in Victorian Studies (forthcoming Spring 2018)

Book review essay, “Silent Objects and Persistent Ruins: Curating and surviving imperial debris,” in Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 19:1 (Spring 2018), DOI: 10.1353/cch.2018.0002

Response Essay, “Surround, Background, Context,” Victorian Studies 57:3 (Spring 2015): 490-498

“You Are What You Reform? Class, Consumption, and Identity in Victorian Britain,” in Kinship, Community, and Self: Essays in Honor of David Warren Sabean, ed. Jason Coy, Benjamin Marschke, Jared Poley, and Claudia Verhoeven (Berghahn Books, 2014), 230-244

Transformative Beauty: Art Museums in Industrial Britain (Stanford, 2012)

“John Ruskin and the Art Museum Movement,” BRANCH (Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History), (Fall 2012)

Media Coverage
A&E Biography series
Country Focus
United Kingdom and Ireland
Expertise by Geography
England, Ireland, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Museums, Public History, Technology, Art