Jean Givens

Jean Givens is Professor of Art History. Her research centers on medieval England and France, the history of visual and verbal literacy, and design initiatives in twentieth-century Denmark and Sweden. Her book Observation and Image-Making in Gothic Art (Cambridge, 2005) was awarded the 2009 John Nicholas Brown prize by the Medieval Academy of America. Visualizing Medieval Medicine and Natural History, 1220-1550 (co-edited with Karen M. Reeds and Alain Touwaide) was published by Ashgate U.K. in 2006. A third project–Reading beyond the Text: Image, Word, and the Illustrated Tractatus de Herbis—is nearing completion. Professor Givens has received fellowships and grants from the ACLS, the NEH, the Getty Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and UCONN. She was designated a University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow in 1997. Her newest project, Marketing Modernism: Sweden, Denmark, and the Good Life, addresses a formative alliance between design theoreticians and Nordic policy makers between 1920 and 1960.

For the introduction of Observation and Image-Making in Gothic Art, see:

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