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Dr Claudia Tobin

Postdoctoral Associate
Early Career Leverhulme Fellow, Faculty of English

Claudia Tobin’s research centres on the relationship between the visual and verbal arts in the first half of the 20th century. 

Academic interests

Claudia Tobin's academic interests include: 

  • The relationship between the visual and verbal arts
  • Ekphrasis
  • Art writing
  • 19th-20th century British and American literature
  • Modern dance and experimental theatre
  • Colour and chromatic technologies
  • The life of objects
  • Early 20th century spirituality and magical thinking
  • The relationship between meditative practices and literature.

Degrees obtained

  • MA, PhD. 

Awards and prizes

•    Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, 2017.
•    Postdoctoral Fellowship, Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, 2016.
•    Fellowship, Huntingdon Library, California. AHRC International Placement, 2013.
•    Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Scholarship, 2011 to 2014.


Claudia Tobin’s doctoral research explored the genre of ‘still life’ across different media, in prose, poetry, painting, dance, and sculpture of the early to mid 20th century.

She is currently revising her PhD thesis for book publication, under the provisional title Modern Stillness. Her postdoctoral research project will investigate representations of chromatic experience at the intersection between modern art and literature.  

Claudia collaborates with museums and galleries as part of her interdisciplinary research. She worked on the National Portrait Gallery exhibition, Virginia Woolf: Art, Life, and Vision (2014) with Professor Frances Spalding, and is currently documenting the collaboration between poet Alice Oswald and visual artist William Tillyer.

Other current projects include editing a multi author book for the Royal Drawing School and Thames & Hudson, which will explore the role of drawing in art history and contemporary practice.

Other interests

Theatre, music, reading, drawing, intermedial collaborations and performance, travelling, walking.

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