Rosemary Betterton

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Rosemary Betterton (born 1951) is a feminist art historian who is recognized for her work in the field of Contemporary Art, particularly her inquiries into women's art practices.[1]


Rosemary Betterton was born in 1951.[2] She is British.[3]


Rosemary Betterton taught art history and critical studies at Sheffield Hallam University[4] and served as a faculty member at University of Lancaster teaching in the areas of visual culture and feminist theory.[5] She is Professor Emerita at Lancaster University.[6]

Important writings

Maternal Bodies in the Visual Arts

Analyzes images and texts to make the argument that pregnancy, in Western culture, is viewed and depicted with profound ambivalence by both feminists and non-feminists.[7]

Women, Artists and The Body

Presents a discussion of how twentieth century women have sought to understand and influence where they fit into Western culture and art.[8]

Selected publications

Rosemary Betterton is the author of many books and essays, including the following.[6]


  • Maternal bodies in the visual arts (Manchester University Press, 2014)[9]
  • Unframed : practices and politics of women’s contemporary painting (Tauris, 2004)[10]
  • An intimate distance : women, artists, and the body (Routledge, 1996)[11]
  • Looking on : images of femininity in the visual arts and media. (Pandora Press, 1987)[12]


  • Why is my art not as good as me? Femininity, feminism and “ Life-drawing” in Tracey Emin's artin The art of Tracey Emin, Edited by: Merck, M . and Townsend, C. 22–39. London: Thames & Hudson.[13]



  1. ^ "Author: Rosemary Betterton". The Egg, TheWomb, The Head and The Moon. April 7, 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Library of Congress Authorities: Betterton, Rosemary". Library of Congress. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  3. ^ Schmahmann, Brenda (2007). "Figuring maternity: Christine Dixie's Parturient Prospects" (PDF). De Arte (75): 25. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  4. ^ Pollock, Griselda ed. (1996). Generations and Geographies in the Visual Arts: Feminist Readings. Routledge. p. x. ISBN 978-0415141284. Retrieved 26 April 2018.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Florence, Penny; Foster Nicola (2001). Differential Aesthetics: Art Practices, Philosophy and Feminist Understandings. Ashgate Pub Ltd. pp. xiii. ISBN 978-0754614937. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Rosemary Betterton: Emeritus Professor". Lancaster University. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  7. ^ Rye, Gill ed. (2017). Motherhood in Literature and Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Europe. Routledge. p. xi. ISBN 9781138648173. Retrieved 3 May 2018.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Grimsby, Kari. "An Intimate Distance: Review of Women, Artists and The Body". Women Artists News Book Review. 22 (Spring 1997): 55.
  9. ^ Battalion, Judy (December 2016). "Book Review: Maternal Bodies in the Visual Arts". Oxford Art Journal. 39 (3): 481–485. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  10. ^ Kill, Rebekka (May 2005). "Book Review: Unframed: Practices & Politics of Women's Contemporary Painting". The Art Book. 12 (2): 33–34. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8357.2005.00532.x. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  11. ^ Staats, Marian (1998). "A.R.T. and Artists: Feminist Body Theory. Review of An Intimate Distance". Jouvert: A Journal of Post-colonial Studies. 2 (2). Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  12. ^ Williams, Linda (1990). "Review: Looking on: Images of Femininity in the Visual Arts and Media". Film Quarterly. 43 (4): 56. doi:10.2307/1212749. JSTOR 1212749.
  13. ^ Johnson, Clare (2013). Femininity, Time and Feminist Art. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 37, 57. ISBN 978-0230298484. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
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