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Terroir after the Terror: Landscape and Representation in Nineteenth-Century France

Kelly Presutti, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Fellow 2017–2018

This year was a wonderful opportunity to open my thinking and expand my purview after completing my dissertation on nineteenth-century French landscape representation. I revised an excerpt of my dissertation focusing on the aesthetic and social consequences of forestry reform for a peer-reviewed publication, including new material Linda Lott kindly discovered for me in the Rare Book Collection. I was also able to undertake two new projects, one considering the use of topographical landscape views in decorative arts and another on representations of the sea as a means of visually encoding authority over place, especially in wartime. I presented each of these projects at major conferences and both will be submitted for publication in the next year. More broadly, the wealth of literature on landscape history and theory in the Dumbarton Oaks library has been essential as I develop and frame the book manuscript based on my dissertation. I have, lastly, greatly benefited from contact with landscape architects, who generously enriched my art historical approach with their practical understanding of land use and management.