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Linda Zatlin

Belinda White Professor of English


Linda Gertner Zatlin’s work on the English artist, Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), has vitally contributed to the scholarly reassessment of the 1890s. Her publications include two monographs, Aubrey Beardsley and Victorian Sexual Politics, Oxford University Press, 1990 and Beardsley, Japonisme, and the Perversion of the Victorian Ideal, Cambridge University Press, 1997; the first scholarly exhibition and catalogue of his work, Aubrey Beardsley: A Centenary Tribute, Tokyo, 1998; and the first complete reference book of his nearly 1150 drawings, Aubrey Beardsley: A Catalogue Raisonné (now in process, Yale University Press, London). Her current project, also to be pubished by Yale University Press, is a revised edition of Beardsley’s letters for which she has so far found nearly 90 unpublished letters.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa and co-founder of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, she now sits on its Senior Advisory Council. She is Sotheby’s Beardsley consultant, and her service to the profession also includes sitting on the editorial board of the interdisciplinary journal Nineteenth-Century, consulting on 1890s exhibitions in the US and the UK, and reading manuscripts for university presses.

Professor Zatlin has received material support for her research from, among others, the UNCF-Mellon Program, American Philosophical Society, Princeton University Library, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Newberry Library, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, Bibliographical Society of America, and Ota Memorial Museum of Art (Tokyo). She has twice been appointed a Scholar-in-Residence at NYU and has twice held the Henry McBay-UNCF Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. In 19&& she received the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association’s inaugural President’s Award for professional achievement in scholarship, leadership, and mentoring young scholars.

Linda Zatlin keenly enjoys broadening students' vistas, particularly by enabling them to make connections among works of literature and with other fields they study.