New Publication: The Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Music

Long-gestating co-editing project finally published as part of 700-page book.

I’m delighted to announce that The Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Music has now been published. Edited overall by Delia da Sousa Correa, the first historical section (‘Part I: Literature and Music before 1500’) was co-edited by Helen Deeming and me. This section includes an introduction by the two of us with the additional co-authorship of Ardis Butterfield, to ensure we had a literary scholar represented, and a selection of seven chapters covering thematic topics chosen by the section editors. Of these, I co-authored two: one on ‘Polytextuality’ with Suzannah Clark; another on ‘Gender’ with Nicolette Zeeman.  Others cover ‘Music and the Book’ (Deeming), ‘Liturgical Music and Drama’ (Nils Holger Petersen), ‘Intermedial Texts’ (Maureen Bolton), ‘Citation and Quotation’ (Jennifer Saltzstein), and ‘Courtly Subjectivities’ (Helen J. Swift and Anne Stone). I really enjoy co-writing and co-editing, something that kept me going with the inevitably protracted process of being part of such a huge volume as it made its slow but sure way to press.

There are also many further chapters on later periods of musical and literary history . Sadly, I don’t have any full-text links that I can share here, and, as a large companion volume designed for library acquisition, the book is not cheap. But the website advertising the book has a complete listing for the volume, as well as a downloadable PDF of the volume editor’s overall introduction.

Performance workshop for late-medieval song

Last month (June 2019), I took part in a two-day performance workshop organised by Joseph W. Mason and attended by various other people I’ve worked with over the past decade or so. I introduced and advised on performances of a song by Blondel de Nesle (people who have heard me sing will be happy to hear that I delegated that task to others far better qualified!).  Joe has written an excellent account of the entire event, obviating the need for me to do so here. I refer you enthusiastically to his blogpost, which has embedded audio-visual footage of the public concert that resulted. Enjoy!


One of Douce 308’s grands chants

At the end of the first full week of my project, I offer a working edition of one of Douce 308’s unique songs in the grand chant section. Continue reading “One of Douce 308’s grands chants”

At the Medieval Academy of America Annual Conference 2015

EEL opening plenaryI was honoured to be invited to give the opening Plenary lecture at the MAA annual meeting, this year held at the University of Notre Dame in the US. Continue reading “At the Medieval Academy of America Annual Conference 2015”

Leach en France, Leach en français

Texte et présentation Powerpoint sur le contrepoint chez Machaut. Continue reading “Leach en France, Leach en français”

Money speaks louder than knowledge in the thirteenth-century university

Worries that university learning is suffering because it’s not what you know but whether you can pay that counts go back to the medieval universities. Continue reading “Money speaks louder than knowledge in the thirteenth-century university”

Revisiting old work

Work on a chapter for an edited collection on jugement poetry involves some rehashing…and a brief rant about Sound Studies. Continue reading “Revisiting old work”