Peggy Davis


Université du Québec à Montréal (Department of Art History)

Peggy Davis earned her degrees in Art History from UQAM (BA 1993), University of Montreal (MA 1995) and Laval University (Ph.D. 2003). Since 1996, she has taught Art History at the college and university levels before joining as a professor in the Department of Art History at UQAM in 2004. She teaches mainly European Art History in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in which she focuses on the interactions between art and history-political, colonial, social, culture and literature. She is also interested in theoretical and aesthetic discourses developed in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century and the historiography of art of this period.

Peggy Davis works on representations of America in European art, particularly in printmaking and illustration-fiction, Viaticum, and ethnographic-France in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her research has two focuses: firstly on Americanism as discourse and representation, and secondly on the print as a material object at the heart of intermedial practices. Questioning ethnocentrism and European imaginary through the prints, her research seeks to explain the interaction of the iconography with the Americanist discourse ethnographic, anthropological, historical, primitivists, (anti)-abolitionists (anti)-colonialists (anti)-racialist, etc.-developed at the turn of the Enlightenment. Print, which became increasingly accessible to a wider public since the mid-nineteenth century, interacts with other fields of high culture, bourgeois and popular books such as prints, arts and the decorative arts. For its central role in the dissemination of new knowledge, printmaking supports the story of the encounter between Europe and America.

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