Sharon Setzer: “Recuperating the Past in Queen Victoria's Garden Pavilion”
Please join us for our upcoming Speakers Series Lecture titled “Recuperating the Past: The Sir Walter Scott Room in Queen Victoria's Garden Pavilion at Buckingham Palace” by Sharon Setzer. Please see her abstract and short bio below.
Time: Tuesday, February 13th, 3:00-4:15
Place: Tompkins 123
Completed in 1845, Queen Victoria's garden pavilion at Buckingham Palace included a small side room decorated with scenes from the poems and novels of Sir Walter Scott. Although the pavilion was demolished in 1928, a re-presentation of the building in digital space brings into view the lingering romantic sensibilities of Queen Victoria and many others who admired Scott's descriptions of remote Highland landscapes, picturesque ruins, antiquated customs, and dramatic incidents from a heroic, and often mythic, past. More importantly, the re-presentation also calls attention to Queen Victoria's evolving consciousness of how Scott's romantic recuperation of the past could support the monarchy and help to forge a stable identity for the nation.
After receiving her Ph.D. from Duke University, Sharon Setzer started teaching in the English department at NC State in 1986. Until recently, her research has focused primarily on Mary Robinson and other women writers of the Romantic period. Her current research on Queen Victoria and Sir Walter Scott grows out of a collaborative project (with members of the English Department and the College of Design) to re-present the Queen's garden pavilion at Buckingham Palace in digital space.