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Malvern, Sue 1951-

Malvern, Sue 1951-


Born September 13, 1951. Education: University of Reading, Ph.D.


Home—England. E-mail—[email protected]


University of Reading, Reading, England, Department of Art History, became senior lecturer, 1989—; Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, Commonwealth Visiting Fellow, 1991-92; Yale University, New Haven, CT, visiting research fellow, 2002; previously taught at Bulmershe College, Woodley, England.


Awarded research grants from both the Arts and Humanities Research Board and the British Academy.


Modern Art, Britain, and the Great War: Witnessing, Testimony, and Remembrance, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 2004.


Writer, educator, and art historian Sue Malvern was born September 13, 1951. She was educated at the University of Reading, where she studied fine arts with a particular emphasis on sculpture. She then continued at Reading to earn her doctorate, focusing her graduate studies on the relationship between art and propaganda during World War I. She left Reading after graduation to teach at Bulmershe College in Woodley, England, but returned in 1989 teach at her alma mater. As a member of the faculty at Reading, she is responsible for students at all levels, and her classes include the study of modern and contemporary art; the relationship between art, war, and gender; and a study of museums. She is also interested in the functional art of World War II, including dress history. In addition to her educational duties at Reading, she was a Commonwealth Visiting Fellow at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, during the 1991-92 academic year, and also spent time as a visiting research fellow at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, in 2002. She is the author of Modern Art, Britain, and the Great War: Witnessing, Testimony, and Remembrance, which looks at the paintings done during wartime by a number of important British artists, and the ways in which the various government agencies arranged to have the artists focus on work of this nature. Malvern comments on how the art helped the nation to work through the devastation of the war, and also addresses the political interests of the artists involved. James A. Van Dyke, writing for History: Review of New Books, found Malvern's work to be a "factually detailed, theoretically ambitious study," and noted it was primarily of interest to specialists in this field of art history.



Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, March 1, 2005, W.S. Rodner, review of Modern Art, Britain, and the Great War: Witnessing, Testimony, and Remembrance, p. 1217.

History: Review of New Books, summer, 2005, James A. Van Dyke, review of Modern Art, Britain, and the Great War, p. 147.

Times Literary Supplement, October 29, 2004, David Boyd Haycock, "They Had a Good War," p. 7.


University of Reading Web site, (July 27, 2008), faculty profile.

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