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Dr Amelia Yeates

Fine Art, Design and Film and Visual Culture
0151 291 3645
Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences

I am an art historian specialising in nineteenth-century British art and Victorian visual culture. My PhD examined imagery of Pygmalion in nineteenth-century art and literature, whilst subsequent research has explored representations of women reading in Victorian visual and literary culture. Specific research areas include Pre-Raphaelitism, history of the book / reading and feminist theory in visual culture.

Prior to taking up post at Liverpool Hope University, I worked at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as a researcher on their major award-winning online resource for Pre-Raphaelite studies: 

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and my teaching specialisms include: nineteenth-century art; early twenty-century European art; American and European act c. 1945-1975; contemporary British art; critical theory; and gender theory. At Liverpool Hope I teach across all three levels of the undergraduate Art & Design History curriculum and am responsible for running the MA Art History and Curating and for co-ordinating Level 3 research project supervision. 

Externally, I have acted as External Examiner for the BA and MA Art History/Museum and Gallery Studies programmes at Aberystwyth University, as an external panel member for programme revalidations (Arts University Bournemouth) and am an Executive Committee member of BAVS (British Association of Victorian Studies).


Edited Books

Picturing the Reader: Reading and Representation in the Long Nineteenth Century, ed Beth Palmer and Amelia Yeates (under contract with Peter Lang)

Pre-Raphaelite Masculinities: Constructions of Masculinity in Pre-Raphaelite Art and Literature, ed. Amelia Yeates and Serena Trowbridge (Ashgate, 2014)

Book Chapters

'Space and Place in Nineteenth-Century Images of Women Readers', in The Edinburgh History of Reading (vol. 3), ed. Mary Hammond and Jonathon Rose, Edinburgh University Press (forthcoming, 2019)

‘Poetic Narrative in William Morris’ and Edward Burne-Jones’ Pygmalion project’, in Poetry in Painting: The Lyrical Voice of Pre-Raphaelite Paintings, ed. Sophie Andres and Brian Donnelly (Peter Lang, 2018), pp. 107-120

‘Manliness and Health in the Reception of Edward Burne-Jones’s Work’ (chapter in Pre-Raphaelite Masculinities: Constructions of Masculinity in Pre-Raphaelite Art and Literature, ed. Amelia Yeates and Serena Trowbridge (Ashgate, 2014), pp. 81-100

Contributions to peer-reviewed journals

‘‘A Slave in Leyland’s Back Parlour: The Male Artist in the Victorian Marketplace’, in special issue of Visual Culture in Britain on Visualising Identities: The Male Artist in Nineteenth-Century Britain, ed. Amelia Yeates, 16.2, June 2015, pp. 171-185 (

'Queer Visual Pleasures and the Policing of Male Sexuality in Responses to Images of David Beckham', Visual Studies, 28.2, 2013, pp. 110-121 (

‘Women’s Reading and Space in Robert Braithwaite Martineau’s The Last Chapter’, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 34:2, April 2012, pp. 117-133 (‘Recent Work on Pygmalion in Nineteenth-Century Literature’, Blackwell Literature Compass, 7.7, July 2010, pp. 586-596 (

Guest co-editorship, including co-written Introduction, of special issue of Critical Survey (Victorian Masculinities), 20:3, December 2008 (;jsessionid=cdwtava99ux1.alice)

‘Ruskin, Women’s Reading, and Commodity Culture’, special issue of Nineteenth-Century Prose on John Ruskin (Guest Editor: Professor Sharon Aronofsky Weltman), 35:1, Spring 2008, pp. 135-160

Contributions to Non Peer-Reviewed Journals and other publications

Don't Ask for the Mona Lisa: How to Propose, Prepare and Organise an Exhibition (co-edited with Heather Birchall), Association of Art Historians, January 2012 (

Entry for Charles Rossiter and Frances Rossiter, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, published online 26 May 2011 (

‘I get all fluttery and birdlike’: Desperate Romantics and the Re-writing of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood’, Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society, Spring 2010, pp, 52-59

'Robert Braithwaite Martineau: Pre-Raphaelite Associate’, Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society, Spring 2009 (Winner of the John Pickard Essay Prize 2008), pp. 16-26