Jennifer Raab

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Assistant Professor in the History of Art
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+1 (203) 432-2681

Jennifer Raab is an assistant professor in the Department of the History of Art where she teaches courses in the art of the United States from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries as well as the history of photography. Her scholarship engages with landscape studies, the history of science and medicine, aesthetic theory, and the intersections between literary and visual representations. Her first book, Frederic Church: The Art and Science of Detail (Yale University Press, 2015), examined the aesthetics of detail that fundamentally shaped nineteenth-century American landscape painting and that was inseparable from scientific discourses of the time. Her current book, Relics of War (under contract with Princeton University Press), asks how the work of photographing warfare—and specifically violence to the body—shaped the visual language and the cultural context for post-Civil War photography in the United States. The project considers the connections between early medical photography and geological surveys; the status of the relic in nineteenth-century culture and how the photograph itself might function as a relic; the material problem of dead bodies, burial, and commemoration; and the relationship between photography and pilgrimage. Recently, she co-authored a book and exhibition with colleagues from Yale, Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance (Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Yale University Press, 2018) and contributed the lead essay to East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century Landscape Photography (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and Yale University Press, 2017). She is on the steering committee of the new Yale Environmental Humanities Initiative.