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Arden Reed

Arden Reed

Arthur M. Dole and Fanny M. Dole Professor of English

Education: B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University

Expertise: Modernism; Image/Text Relations; Contemporary Art; English Romantic Literature; 19th-Century French Culture

With Pomona Since: 1979

Office: Crookshank Hall 108

Campus Phone: (909) 607-2217

Email: Arden Reed

Research Interests

  • 19th-century French painting and literature; modernism across the arts; relationships between painting and literature, or image and text; English Romantic literature; contemporary painting, photography, sculpture, architecture, issues surrounding art and attentiveness, tableaux vivants, James Turrell.
  • On art and attentiveness: The ultimate stakes of my study are matters of concentration, distraction and attentiveness. My early research has led to the suprising discovery that the great age of tableaux vivants is not the 19th century as scholars have assumed but right now. So why are we fascinated to watch people stand still? And what larger cultural implications might this seemingly marginal art form hold? Tableaux vivants turn out to be an unlikely but efficient way to raise deep questions that animate the book I am preparing, Slow Art: from Tableaux Vivants to James Turrell.

Recent Courses

  • ARHI186T PO Art and Time
  • ENGL091 PO Major British Authors II
  • ENGL190 PO Senior Exercise/Seminar Option

Selected Publications:

  • Editor, Romanticism and Language: A Collection of Critical Essays (Cornell University Press, 1984)
  • “‘Living Well’ on Japan’s Inland Sea,” Art in America, May 2002
  • “Seeing Hammersley Whole,” in Art in America, November 2004
  • Constance DeJong: Metal (University of New Mexico Press, 2003)
  • Manet, Flaubert, and the Emergence of Modernism (The New Art History Series edition, Norman Bryson, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2003)
  • “Spanish France,” Art in America, March, 2003

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Pomona College, Frederic Sontag Research Fellowship, 2001-02
  • Graves Award in Humanities, 1982-1983
  • Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Fellow, University of Edinburgh, 1982
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fellowship to teach at Brown University, 1984-1985
  • Brown University Press, First Book Prize, 1983
  • The Camargo Foundation, Research Fellow, Cassis France, 1994-95
  • The Borchard Foundation, Scholar in Residence, Chateau de la Bretesche, Missillac, France, 1990-1991