Alissa Adams

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Alissa Adams
Graduate Student

Academic Areas

Research Interests

Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century European

Alissa R. Adams is a Ph. D. candidate in Art History specializing in French art of the nineteenth century. She is currently writing her dissertation, “French Depictions of Napoleon I’s Resurrection (1821-1848).” The dissertation examines how images of the Emperor as a ghost, a messiah, a modern Prometheus, and a miraculously preserved corpse encouraged audiences to question the nature of historical narratives, political hierarchy, and artistic representation. In doing so, it seeks to demonstrate that such images subverted the autocratic nature of imperial imagery in order to increase the French people’s awareness of their burgeoning artistic and cultural agency.
Adams received her M. A. in Art History from the University of Iowa and holds bachelor’s degrees in Art History and English Literature from the University of Delaware. As part of her doctoral work at the University of Iowa, she minored in twentieth-century art and African art. Her research interests include trends in Napoleonic iconography, the intersection of fine art and popular visual culture, the relationship between text and image, and how the phenomenon currently known as “fandom” manifests in contemporary and nineteenth-century contexts.