Dr Allison Deutsch specializes in nineteenth-century French painting and material culture. She graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts with a BA in Art History in 2011. Her PhD, completed in 2016 at University College London, considered the metaphors of taste and ingestion used by the most influential nineteenth-century critics to express attraction or disgust toward French modern-life painting. In 2017 she was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, where she turned her thesis into the book manuscript Consuming Painting: Food and the Feminine in French Art and Criticism, 1865-1890, currently under review. Her new research addresses the multi-sensory reception of Impressionism, asking how cultural values were encoded in the metaphorical language of sensation in art criticism, and rethinking inherited assumptions about Impressionist opticality. Her research is motivated by a feminist perspective and centres on questions of gender, sexuality, and embodiment.
- BA3 course “Modernity and Difference: Art in France, c. 1860-1900′