I’m very pleased to have two reviews published in the latest issue of The British Art Journal (autumn 2016). One of them is a review of Franny Moyle’s biography of JMW Turner, which was published by Penguin in the summer of 2016. My other article discusses the first publication produced about collaborations between contemporary artists known as The Arborealists, who focus on trees in their work. This book was published by Bristol publishers Sansom & Co.
Sensation, landscapes of the past, and the female Muse
Antonia is less of a character than she is a sensation or feeling. We feel her presence rather than see or understand her, and we do not interpret her character but use it to interpret other experiences and characters within the novel. This is similar to the way the landscape is described and experienced by narrator and male protagonist Jimmy. He describes “there were none of the signs of spring for which I used to watch in Virginia […] There was only – spring itself; the throb of it, the light restlessness, the vital essence of it everywhere…” (97). This emphasises that My Antonia is not about outward appearances and concrete representations, but is about feelings. These are feelings of loneliness, rootlessness, nostalgia, and fear of others, from people struggling to retain their passions and inspirations in the face of different sources of oppression and prejudice within the hostile landscape of Nebraska and surrounding towns. Continue reading →