Editors’ Letter

  Dear Colleagues, This is the debut of Research Notes and our first outing as editors. We are gratified by the initial response and going forward we want to add a few words of advice for future submissions. The tone and format for Research Notes are different from a learned essay or a review. Instead …

Fata Morgana: Jean-André Castaigne, the American Indian, and American Artistic Aspirations in France

Emily C. Burns Auburn University   When I was working on my dissertation on constructions of American cultural identities in fin-de-siècle Paris at Washington University in St. Louis in about 2009, I stumbled upon a five hundred page English-language novel published in 1904 by a French artist. Entitled Fata Morgana: A Romance of Art Student …

Exanimate Subjects: Taxidermy in the Artist’s Studio

Corey Piper University of Virginia In the course of researching my dissertation “Animal Pursuits: Hunting and the Visual Arts in Nineteenth-Century America,” I have often had occasion to consider (and sometimes lament) the unequal relationships between humans and animals that are frequently pictured in art. I have found taxidermy to be a potent material embodiment …