Theresa Holler

My research focuses on text and image relationships, using both media independently to analyze joint questions. As a trained art historian and philologist I concentrate on the dialogue between the two media, believing that their tension is itself a space of creative productivity for both artists and authors. My PhD work, Jenseitsbilder. Dantes Commedia und ihr Weiterleben im Weltgericht bis 1500 (currently under contract with the Deutscher Kunstverlag) explored long-format literature of the Middle Ages and its symbiotic relationship with the visual arts. Currently, I am parsing the more individuated stakes of words within contexts of manifesting materially devotion and healing. Entitled Beyond Herbaria: The Medical Aspects of Art and Poetry in the Middle Ages, this project examines medieval artefacts like herbal books, vegetative ornaments and motives in glass painting and medical boxes used as reliquaries, as well as figural and non-figural poems and moral dialogues in the western world. This broad material (with special emphasis on the 9th, the 12th and the 14th century) is tied together by theorisations of the  representation of nature –and specifically plants – as incorporating and activating healing potential.

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