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The Matter of Song in Early Modern England: Texts in and of the Air

Katherine R. Larson

Abstract

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. The Matter of Song in Early Modern England: Texts in and of the Air opens up the notion of song from a performance-based perspective and considers the implications of reading early modern song not simply as lyric text but as embodie ... More

Keywords: song, lyric, air, performance, music, embodiment, gender, women, early modern

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198843788
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843788.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine R. Larson, author
Associate Professor of English, University of Toronto