Alison Syme

Alison Syme

Associate Professor of Modern Art History

Undergraduate Appointment: Department of Visual Studies (UTM)
Graduate Appointment: Department of Art (St. George)
Cross-Appointments and Affiliations: Centre for the Study of the United States

CCT 3032, UTM


PhD in Art History from Harvard University, 2005
MA in Art History from Harvard University, 1999
Hon BA in Literary Studies and Art History from the University of Toronto, 1996


I teach eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early twentieth-century art history and visual culture, with an emphasis on metaphors of artistic practice and materials.

Current Research Projects

I am currently working on a book on Edward Burne-Jones and Victorian visual culture.

Courses Taught


FAH360  Art and Visual Culture of the Eighteenth Century
FAH460  Art and Animation
FAH288  Art of the Earlier Twentieth Century
FAH287  European Art of the Nineteenth Century
FAH388  Theory in Art History
FAH457  Exile and Expatriation in Modern Art
FAH379  Science and Art in the Modern Period


FAH1486  Bloomsbury and Vorticism
FAH 1478 Art and Animation

Select Publications


A Touch of Blossom: The Queer Flora of Fin-de-Siècle Art (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010)


“Love Among the Ruins: David Cannon Dashiell’s Queer Mysteries,” Art Journal 63.4 (Winter 2004): 80-95.