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BA, MA, PhD (Cantab)
After completing a PhD in English at King's College, Cambridge, which explored ideas derived from Victorian evolutionary theory and molecular physics in W.B. Yeats's prose, Jason has been a research fellow at the Henry Moore Institute for the Study in Sculpture in Leeds and at the Yale Center for British Art, and a Henry Moore Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of York. He has also been a visiting professor at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Jason works primarily on British sculpture in its global contexts, and on Victorian and Modernist art. He has a number of interdisciplinary areas of interest, including queer theory, critical animal studies and vegan theory, and world systems and complex systems theory. Recent interests have also included fiber art and Victorian photography.
Jason is currently Head of Admissions, and sits on the University Research and Pump Priming Committees.
Jason has held grants and received funding from the AHRC and Leverhulme Trust, the Historians of British Art, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Elephant Trust, the Jim Matthew Fund, the Henry Moore Foundation, and the Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art.
Jason has supervised PhDs on
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (Routledge, 2009).
Alfred Gilbert’s Aestheticism: Gilbert Amongst Whistler, Wilde, Leighton, Pater and Burne-Jones (Ashgate, 2006).
The ‘British’ School of Sculpture, c.1762-1835. (Routledge, 2016). Co-edited = with Sarah Burnage.
Victorian Sculpture in its Global Contexts, special issue of Visual Culture in Britain (Spring 2010). Co-edited = with Michael Hatt.
Rethinking the Interior: Aestheticism and Arts and Crafts, 1867-1896 (Ashgate, 2009). Co-edited with Imogen Hart.
Joseph Cornell: Opening the Box (Peter Lang, 2007). Co-edited with Stephanie L. Taylor.
Anxious Flirtations: Homoeroticism, Art and Aestheticism in Victorian Britain, special issue of Visual Culture in Britain 8.1 (Spring 2007).
Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention, 1837-1901 (Yale University Press, 2014). Co-edited with Martina Droth and Michael Hatt. [Introduction, section introductory texts, catalogue entries, and biographies].
The ‘Open Secret’ of Alfred Gilbert’s Male Nudes, 1882-c.1895 (Henry Moore Institute, 2006).
The Cult of the Statuette in Victorian Britain. (Henry Moore Institute, 2000). Co-edited with Martina Droth, David J. Getsy, and Matthew Withey.
Articles and Chapters in Books and Journals
‘Introduction: Sculpture Victorious, or, The British School, c.1760-1834’ and ‘John Charles Felix Rossi’s Cornwallis Monument (1807-1811) and the Colonial Cosmopolitanism of the British School’, in Sarah Burnage and Jason Edwards, eds, The ‘British’ School of Sculpture, c.1760-1830 (Routledge, 2016).
‘The World of Victorian Portraiture: The Crystal Palace, Sydenham Portrait Gallery, c.1854’, in Kate Nichols and Sarah Victoria Turner, eds, What is to Become of the Crystal Palace (Manchester University Press, 2016).
‘Looking at the Overlooked: William Coombe Sanders’s Frame Resembling Carved Wood with Lobster and Crab Motif’, V&A Online Journal (Spring 2017).
‘Ex Omnia Conchis? Edward Onslow Ford and the Problem of Victorian ‘Animalier’ Sculpture’, in Stefano Maria Evangelista and Luisa Calle, eds, Sculpture and Literature at the Fin-De-Siecle special issue of Word and Image (Summer 2016).
‘The Relief of Lucknow: Henry Hugh Armstead’s Outram Shield’, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century (June 2016). http://www.19.bbk.ac.uk/articles/10.16995/ntn.734/
‘“Generations of Modernism, or, A Queer Variety of Natural History”: Edmund Gosse and Modern Sculpture’, in Martina Droth and Peter Trippi, eds, Change/Continuity: Writing About Art in Britain Before and After 1900 special issue of Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide (Summer 2015). http://www.19thc-artworldwide.org/index.php/summer15/edwards-on-edmund-gosse-and-sculptural-modernity
‘Introduction: T Times and Queer and Now’, and ed., Tendencies at Twenty (2013), http://evekosofskysedgwick.net/conferences/conferences.html
‘Edward Onslow Ford, Egyptian Singer and Applause’, Object in Focus, http://www.tate.org.uk/about/our-work/tate-research and http://www.tate.org.uk/art/context-comment/blogs/focus-interview-jason-edwards
‘Introduction: Displaying Victorian Sculpture’, in Jason Edwards and Michael Hatt, eds, Displaying Victorian Sculpture special issue of The Sculpture Journal 23.2 (Summer 2014), 127-130. Co-authored with Michael Hatt.
‘Postcards from the Edge? Thomas Woolner’s 1879 Captain Cook for Sydney’, in Jason Edwards and Michael Hatt, eds, Displaying Victorian Sculpture special issue of the Sculpture Journal (2014), 209-220.
‘“By Abstraction Springs Forth Ideal Beauty?’: John Gibson’s Modernity’,in Sarah Monks, ed., Living with the Royal Academy: Artistic Ideals and Experiences in Britain, 1768-1848 (Ashgate, 2013), 195-220.
‘War and Peace: Harry Bates’s Lord Roberts Memorial in Calcutta, London and Glasgow, 1898- 1924’, in Julie Codell, ed., Transculturation in British Art, 1770-1930 (Ashgate, 2012), 199-219.
‘Queer and Now: On Etty’s Autobiography (1849)and Male Nude with Upraised Arms (1830)’, in Sarah Burnage and Mark Hallet, eds, William Etty (Exh. Cat;. York: York City Art Gallery, 2011). [The exhibition received c.109,000 visitors], 91-105.
‘From the East India Company to the West Indies, and Beyond: The Global Contexts of British Sculpture, c.1757-1947’, in Jason Edwards and Michael Hatt, eds, Victorian Sculpture in its Global Contexts, special issue of Visual Culture in Britain 11.2(Spring 2010), 147-172.
‘Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick: In the Bardo’, Sexualities 6.12 (December 2009), 675-677.
‘Rethinking the Victorian Interior: An Eclectic, Collaborative Introduction’, in Jason Edwards and Imogen Hart (eds), Rethinking the Interior: Aestheticism and the Arts and Crafts Movement, 1867-1896 (Ashgate, 2009). Co-authored = with Imogen Hart.
‘The Lessons of Leighton House: Aesthetics, Politics, Erotics’, in Jason Edwards and Imogen Hart (eds), Rethinking the Interior: Aestheticism and the Arts and Crafts Movement, 1867-1896 (Ashgate, 2009).
‘“Tell Me Not Wherein I Seem Unnatural”: Queer Meditations upon Coriolanus in the Time of War’, in Madhavi Menon, ed., Shakesqueer (Durham: Duke UP, 2011), 80-88.
‘“A Curious Feature”: Harry Bates’s Holy Trinity Altar Front’ (1890), The Sculpture Journal 17.1 (Spring 2008), 36-51
‘Anxious Flirtations: Homoeroticism, Art and Aestheticism in Late Victorian Britain’, Visual Culture in Britain 8.1 (Spring 2007), 1-14.
‘Coming Out As A Cornellian’, in Jason Edwards and Stephanie L. Taylors (eds), Joseph Cornell: Opening the Box (Peter Lang, 2007), 1-35.
‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Aesthete: Alfred Gilbert’s Perseus Arming (1882) and the Question of “Aesthetic” Sculpture in Late-Victorian Britain’, in David J. Getsy (ed.), Sculpture and the Search for the Modern (Ashgate, 2004), 11-39.
‘Alfred Gilbert’, in Penelope Curtis (ed.), Sculpture in Twentieth-Century Britain (Henry Moore Foundation, 2003), 133-35.
‘“An Entirely Unimportant Deviation”?: Aestheticism and the Critical Location of the Statuette in Fin-de-Siècle Britain', Sculpture Journal, 7 (Spring 2002), 58-70.
‘Edmund Gosse and the Victorian Nude’, History Today, 51.11 (November 2001), 29-38.
‘Alfred Gilbert's Aestheticism: Homoeroticism, Artistic Identity and the New Sculpture’, Visual Culture in Britain 2.1 (Spring 2001), 81-99.
‘The Generation of the Green Carnation: Sexual Degeneracy, the Representation of Male Homosexuality, and the Limits of Yeats’s Sympathy’, in Hugh Stevens and Caroline Howlett (eds), Modernist Sexualities (Manchester UP, 2000), 41-56.
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