The Matter of Song in Early Modern England

Texts in and of the Air
Oxford University Press
  • erschienen am 29. August 2019
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  • 272 Seiten
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Given the variety and richness of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English 'songscape', it might seem unsurprising to suggest that early modern song needs to be considered as sung. When a reader encounters a song in a sonnet sequence, a romance, and even a masque or a play, however, the tendency is to engage with it as poem rather than as musical performance. Opening up the notion of song from a performance-based perspective The Matter of Song in Early Modern England considers the implications of reading song not simply as lyric text but as an embodied and gendered musical practice. Animating the traces of song preserved in physiological and philosophical commentaries, singing handbooks, poetic treatises, and literary texts ranging from Mary Sidney Herbert's Psalmes to John Milton's Comus, the book confronts song's ephemerality, its lexical and sonic capriciousness, and its airy substance. These features can resist critical analysis but were vital to song's affective workings in the early modern period. The volume foregrounds the need to attend much more closely to the embodied and musical dimensions of literary production and circulation in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. It also makes an important and timely contribution to our understanding of women's engagement with song as writers and as performers. A companion recording of fourteen songs featuring Larson (soprano) and Lucas Harris (lute) brings the project's innovative methodology and central case studies to life.
  • Englisch
  • Oxford
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  • Großbritannien
16 Illustrations, 14 Tracks
  • 4,18 MB
978-0-19-258194-5 (9780192581945)
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Katherine R. Larson is Professor of English at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Early Modern Women in Conversation (Palgrave, 2011) and co-editor of Gender and Song in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2014), and Re-Reading Mary Wroth (Palgrave, 2015). A former Rhodes Scholar and the winner of the 2008 John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature, Dr Larson is a member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.
  • Cover
  • The Matter of Song in Early Modern England: Texts in and of the Air
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments
  • Contents
  • List of Figures
  • Track List for Companion Recording
  • Abbreviations
  • Note on the Text
  • Prologue
  • Sounding Early Modern Song
  • The Drastic Nature of Song
  • Song's Textual Traces
  • Singing Women in Early Modern England
  • Animating Women's Song Performance
  • 1: Airy Forms
  • A Local Habitation and a Name: Defining Song
  • Bodying Forth the Forms of Things Unknown
  • "They show us why, and teach us how to sing": Reading the Countess of Pembroke's Psalmes as Song
  • 2: Breath of Sirens
  • Music in the Air
  • "Quavers, and Trilloes, and the Like": Ornamenting the Breath
  • Singing Sirens
  • Plain Old Ballads: Margaret Cavendish's Civilizing Songs
  • 3: Voicing Lyric
  • The Musical Contexts of Wroth's Folger Manuscript
  • The Songs of V.a.104
  • Making the Room Rattle: Pamphilia in Performance
  • 4: Household Songs
  • Closet Singing
  • The "Sound of Print": The Cavendish Sisters, Jane Lumley, and the Duchess of Newcastle
  • "Pretty Sport" at Penshurst: The Songs of Mary Wroth's Love's Victory
  • 5: Sweet Echo
  • "Blest Pair of Sirens . . . | . . . Voice and Verse": Milton and Song
  • The "Noise" of Song
  • Performing "Sweet Echo"
  • The Musical Lessons of Comus
  • Epilogue
  • Works Cited
  • Primary Sources
  • Manuscript
  • Print
  • Recordings and Performances
  • Electronic Resources
  • Secondary Sources
  • Index

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