Woman in Art: Helen Rosenau’s Little Book of 1944 with Professor Griselda Pollock

Join us for a talk by Professor Griselda Pollock to coincide with the publication of a new edition of Helen Rosenau’s 1944 book, Woman in Art.

Helen Rosenau (1900–1984) was part of the influential migration of European Jewish intellectuals who fled to Britain and the United States during the 1930s, bringing with them exciting innovations in art history’s methods.

Only Rosenau, however, centred gender in her analysis. The result—her book ‘Woman in Art: From Type to Personality’—is a feminist art-historical project, as relevant today as when it was first published in 1944, in which Rosenau drew on contemporary discussions of gender in anthropology, philosophy, sociology, law, theology, history and literature.
In this new volume, ahead of the eightieth anniversary of its original publication, Rosenau’s erudite and accessible text is prefaced with a personal memoir by Adrian Rifkin, who was once her student, new research into the refugee experience by Rachel Dickson and a portrait of Rosenau as a feminist intellectual by Griselda Pollock.
In this talk, Griselda Pollock will discuss her involvement in this new edition and will reveal a much longer history of transdisciplinary feminist cultural analysis through her analysis of Helen Rosenau’s ‘little book’ of 1944.

This is a hybrid event. You are welcome to join us in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies or join on Zoom. Please see link below.

book cover for Woman in Art by Griselda Pollock

Cover: Woman in Art: Helen Rosenau's 'Little Book' of 1944, Griselda Pollock, Yale University Press.

All are welcome (there is no need to book a place).

For more information, email Elspeth Mitchell at E.R.Mitchell@leeds.ac.uk


Griselda Pollock is Professor Emerita of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History at the University of Leeds.

Join on Zoom

Link to Griselda Pollock’s talk on Zoom.

Meeting ID: 879 7667 4518
Passcode: i#2Pn0


Photo of Griselda Pollock.