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As an independent scholar Lara Eggleton has published extensively on the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain, and its interpretation by European travellers, antiquarians and designers in the nineteenth century. She continues to write, research and teach more broadly on the subject Islamic Art and its Western reception.


Peer reviewed publications

‘Conquest and coexistence in sixteenth-century Granada: Imposing orders in the Alhambra’s Mexuar’, in Postcolonising the Medieval Image, Eva Frojmovic and Catherine Karkov, eds. (London and New York: Routledge, 2017).

‘Surface Deceits: Owen Jones and John Ruskin on the Ornament of the Alhambra’, in Art Versus Industry, Kate Nichols, Rebecca Wade and Gabriel Williams, eds. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016).

‘Reuse and reception in the life of a sixteenth-century chimneypiece’, Renaissance Studies 30: 3 (June 2016), 389–409.

‘“A living ruin”: Palace, city and landscape in nineteenth-century travel descriptions of Granada’, Architecture Theory Review 18: 3 (December 2013): 372-387.

‘History in the Making: The ornament of the Alhambra and the Past-Facing Present’, Journal of Art Historiography, 6 (June 2012). ISSN 2042-4752

‘Crumbling Empires, Nostalgia, and the Politics of Ornament in Islamic Spain’, in Postcards from the Edge: European Peripheries in the Middle Ages, Liz Mylod and Zsuzhanna Reed Papp eds. (Leeds: Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, 2011).


Selected talks and conference papers

‘Escher and the Alhambra: from abstraction to figuration’, National Gallery of Scotland Talk Series coinciding with M. C. Escher exhibition, August 2015

‘Alcázar, Alhambra and the Legacy of the Moors’ (panel speaker), Cheltenham Literature Fesival, 3 October 2014

‘Research as Folly, or, how to productively “ruin” your research’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2014; University of Edinburgh, History of Art Department, January 2015

‘A Profusion of Moorish Remains: Victorian encounters with Islamic architecture’, Crossing boundaries: Rethinking European architecture beyond Europe, Palermo, April 2014

‘Decoration and Difference: questioning “internationalism” in Victorian design culture’, Formations and Representations of British National Identity, University of Warwick, September 2013

‘The Pillars of Hercules and the translation of style and symbol in sixteenth-century Granada’, 4th International Conference of Mediterranean Worlds, Istanbul, September 2012

‘Owen Jones and John Ruskin on Islamic Ornament’, Art versus Industry (University of Leeds and University of York), Leeds City Museum, March 2012

‘Re-making Histories: the role of artistic practice in shaping views of the past’, Changing Identities and Contexts in the Arts (CICA), Helsinki, September 2011

‘Re-reading the Aniconic in the art and architecture of the Alhambra’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2011

‘Material Affects: Reshaping Space and Form in the Alhambra’, The Material Imagination from Antiquity to Modernity, University of St. Andrews, November 2010

‘Caliphal Columns and Pillars of Conquest in the Alhambra’s Mexuar Hall’, International Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2010

‘Surface Deceits: Ruskin and Jones on the Ornament of the Alhambra’, AAH Annual Conference, University of Glasgow, April 2010