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.

Review of a new collection of essays on Adam de la Halle

This clerihew didn’t make it into my review of this new volume of essays on Adam de la Halle: Continue reading “Review of a new collection of essays on Adam de la Halle”

Imagining the performance of trouvère song

My article treating a ‘boring’ song by Blondel de Nesle has just been published by Early Music. Continue reading “Imagining the performance of trouvère song”

Do trouvère melodies mean anything?

My article on three songs by Blondel de Nesle just appeared in Music Analysis. Continue reading “Do trouvère melodies mean anything?”

Resonance in Richard de Fournival

My co-authored article with French literary scholar Jonathan Morton on the sonic aspects of Richard de Fournival’s Bestiary of Love has just appeared in the journal Romania. Continue reading “Resonance in Richard de Fournival”

Performance workshop 3: JP30

A third post from the performance workshop with graindelavoix, sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust and held at St Hugh’s College, Oxford in March 2017. Continue reading “Performance workshop 3: JP30”

Performance Workshop 2: JP4

A second post from the performance workshop with graindelavoix, sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust and held at St Hugh’s College, Oxford in March 2017. Continue reading “Performance Workshop 2: JP4”

Performing jeux-partis with graindelavoix

This second year of my Leverhulme project will involve a workshop with performers designed to help me think about my unnotated manuscript in a more musical way. Continue reading “Performing jeux-partis with graindelavoix”

The source materials for large medieval chansonniers

How were large collections of lyric poetry (with or without music) assembled?
Continue reading “The source materials for large medieval chansonniers”

The Philosopher’s Pony Play

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For all that he is The Philosopher in the later Middle Ages, the most striking iconographical depictions of Aristotle from the period are of him on all fours, being ridden by a woman. Continue reading “The Philosopher’s Pony Play”