Maura Coughlin

Maura Coughlin

Maura Coughlin (PhD, NYU 2001) is an Art Historian who teaches courses in Art History, Visual Studies and the Environmental Humanities. Her recent research concerns French Global Atlantic visual culture, coastal ecology, the rise of marine sciences in France and it encourages dialogues between 19th and 21st century aesthetics and ecological ethics. Her methods combine first-hand experience of coastal landscapes, primary research in museums, archives and artist communities with a methodology informed by ecocriticism, new materialism and trans-corporeality. Across her projects is a shared fascination with the material flows of fish and animals, seaweed, salt, people, sand, stones, boats and other actors that move across and through the tide line, and the ways in which the visual culture of the shore visualizes intensely local perceptions of tide, geology, beach morphology, and marine botany. She serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association.

Ph D, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

MA, Tufts University

BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Coughlin, M.,Gephart, E. W., Ecocriticism and The Anthropocene in Nineteenth Century Art and Visual Culture, Routledge, 2019.

Coughlin, M., Biotopes and Ecotones: Slippery images on the edge of the French Atlantic, Landscapes: the Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language .

Coughlin, M., "Reading the Wrack Line on the French Atlantic" , Bloomsbury Academic, 2022.

Coughlin, M., Material Ecologies in the Geniaux Brothers’ Picture Archive of Brittany, c. 1900 , Leuven University Press , 2021.

Coughlin, M., Silver Salts: Realism and Materiality in a French photograph, c. 1900, Leuven University Press , 2021.

Coughlin, M., Terres Vaines et Vagues: Ecocriticism and Breton Wastelands, Nottingham French Studies, , 2021.

Coughlin, M.,Gephart, E. W., CONFLUENCE: Painting Seawater Across the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic, Yale University Press / Princeton Art Museum, 2021.

Coughlin, M., Votive Boats, Ex-votos and Maritime Memory in Atlantic France, Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies, 2020.

Coughlin, M., Gleaning the Tideline: Elodie La Villette’s Ecocritical Painting, Dix-Neuf Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes, 2019.

Coughlin, M., “Place Myths of the Breton Landscape” , Museum exhibition catalog, 2013.

Coughlin, M., “Spectacle, Maintenance and Materiality: Women and Death in Modern Brittany” , Ashgate Press, , 2013.

Coughlin, M., Coastal Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century. , NCS, 2021.

Coughlin, M., 'La Paludière de Billiers'; 'Le Garçon de Ploubazlanec'; 'Sardinerie'', Catalog entries, 2019.

Coughlin, M., Van Gogh and Nature, Exhibition Review, 2017.

Coughlin, M., Beachcombing, Flash fiction collaborative writing, 2014.

Coughlin, M., Chapter 11 “Death at Sea: Symbolism and Charles’s Cottet’s Subjective Realism ” , Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Coughlin, M., Cézanne and Van Gogh’s Quarries: Wasted Landscapes as Modern art, Cambridge Scholars, 2013.

Coughlin, M., Skull Boxes, Contributer of a brief “Object narrative” for the Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion at Yale University, 2013.

Coughlin, M.,Hasseler, T.,Dalessio, W.,Martinetti, A.,Rex, N.,Janice, O.,Walden, E.,Dean, J., “Roundtable on Teaching ‘Work’ as an Interdisciplinary First-Year College Seminar", Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, 2010.

Coughlin, M., Shifting Baselines, or reading art through fish, , 2019.

Coughlin, M., “Sites of Absence and Presence: Tourism and the Morbid Material Culture of Death in Brittany.” , Seagull Books- Enactments, 2014.

Merit Award, 2020

Merit Award, 2018

NCSA President’s Award, 2017

Merit Award, 2015

Merit Award, 2013

Awarded a Peaked Hills Trust Artist Residency, Provincetown, MA, June 16-30, 2012., 2012

2011 Bryant Student Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences., 2011

Merit Award , 2011

Merit Award for Research and Service, 2009

Ecology and visual culture; Environmental Humanities; Ecocriticism; French realism and impressionism; contemporary women artists; Modern art in Europe. Podcast and video interview:

Ecocriticism, Art and Visual Culture of 19th-century France, Atlantic Visual Culture (Brittany and Normandy), Coastal Ecologies, Natural History, Women Artists, Artists' Colonies.

College Art Association

Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art

Provincetown Art Association Museum

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment

Nineteenth-Century Studies Association