Lecturer, School of Art History


Dr O’Rourke is currently working on a book (funded by Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust) that examines how late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century European artists engaged with changing ideas about the history of the natural world — and how these ideas shaped, in turn, their understanding of human history. Focusing on a number of artists from Britain, France, and Germany, it explores how landscape painting was embedded in debates about geological history, forest management, environmental catastrophe, and resource extraction. Her first book (Art, Science and the Body in Early Romanticism, forthcoming on Cambridge University Press) examines the relationship between art and the production of scientific knowledge at the dawn of the nineteenth century. 

Selected publications

“Staring into the Abyss of Time,” Representations 148 (Fall 2019): 30-56.

“Searching for Selfhood in Romantic Landscape Painting,” Art History 44 no. 1 ( 2021), 197-99.

“Girodet’s Galvanized Bodies,” Art History 41 no. 5 (2018): 868-893.