Presentation Title

America’s favourite sect? The afterlife of the Huguenots: in the visual arts, literature, drama, music, and the movies

Presenter Status

Director of the Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research

Presentation Type

Plenary

Location

Newbold Auditorium

Start Date

5-5-2016 7:30 PM

End Date

5-5-2016 8:30 PM

Presentation Abstract

The Huguenots, France’s Calvinist minority, faced fierce persecution in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which eventually drove them entirely underground. But they experienced a remarkable afterlife in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They became a focus for interest among historians, genealogists and Protestant apologists, but they also become the subject of extraordinary attention from creative artists: painters, poets, playwrights, novelists, composers, dramatists and movie directors. This paper explores the richness of artistic sources on the Huguenots, partly as a model for how scholars can bring together all the disciplines represented at the early-career researchers’ conference, and how interdisciplinary research can enrich scholarship.

Biographical Sketch

David Trim was born in Bombay, India, to missionary parents and spent his childhood in Sydney, Australia. Educated in Australia and England, he earned a BA in history from Newbold College and PhD in history from King’s College in London. Trim was on the faculty of Newbold College for a decade, and held the Walter C. Utt Chair in History at Pacific Union College. He has also held visiting fellowships at the Huntington Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. A prolific author, Trim has edited or co-edited ten books, and his other publications include over 150 articles and chapters in scholarly journals, popular magazines, and books. He has served as Director of the Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research since 2010.

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May 5th, 7:30 PM May 5th, 8:30 PM

America’s favourite sect? The afterlife of the Huguenots: in the visual arts, literature, drama, music, and the movies

Newbold Auditorium

The Huguenots, France’s Calvinist minority, faced fierce persecution in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which eventually drove them entirely underground. But they experienced a remarkable afterlife in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They became a focus for interest among historians, genealogists and Protestant apologists, but they also become the subject of extraordinary attention from creative artists: painters, poets, playwrights, novelists, composers, dramatists and movie directors. This paper explores the richness of artistic sources on the Huguenots, partly as a model for how scholars can bring together all the disciplines represented at the early-career researchers’ conference, and how interdisciplinary research can enrich scholarship.