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Elizabeth Howie

Assistant Professor, Art History
843-349-2750, EHFA 283
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Elizabeth Howie

Ph.D. Art History
University of North Carolina


"Every semester, students show me things I had never seen before, even in familiar works of art."


Elizabeth Howie joined Coastal's Visual Arts Department in Fall 2008. Professor Howie specializes in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on the history and theory of photography.

In August of 2007 she received her Ph.D. from the Art History Department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, working under the direction of Professor Carol Mavor. Her dissertation project, Photograph's Courtly Desires: Jacques Lacan, Roland Barthes, and the Photographic Beloved, demonstrates the ways in which courtly love, as theorized in the nineteenth century and twentieth centuries, shares with photography theory themes of desire, idealization, distancing, and withholding. Other research interests include work on photography and melancholy, colonial photography, and visual representations of prostitution.

Howie also has a background in Art Studio, having received an MFA in ceramic sculpture from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Prior to coming to Coastal, she taught art history at Wake Forest University.

Howie's work has been published in the edited volume Walter Benjamin and the Aesthetics of Change: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Palgrave, 2010). Her essay on photography theorist Abigail Solomon-Godeau will be published in the forthcoming Fifty Key Writers on Photography (Routledge, 2012).