Mon 17 Mar 2014
Listening Between the Lines: Exploring the relationship(s) between music and literature – call for papers
Monash Social Aesthetics Research Network
Friday 13 June 2014
Monash University, Caulfield Campus, T2.26/T2.27
From lullabies to laments, from the Song of Solomon to the music of Lady Gaga, the interactions between literature and music are so ubiquitous they often go unnoticed. Considering the obviously interdisciplinary nature of the question, it is perhaps surprising that few studies have attempted to approach this relationship through an application of interdisciplinary theory. Recent studies in interdisciplinarity have offered the hypothesis that cross-disciplinary research may be understood as a form of “cultural exchange” taking place between academic terrains that are not always accustomed to the codes and rituals of the other. If this principle of cultural exchange is applied to literature and music, it has the potential to facilitate a mutual understanding between the disciplines and point the way towards new research possibilities.
This symposium aims to enact such a cultural exchange by gathering research that blends musical and literary topics in diverse and novel ways. We encourage papers that explicitly address the disciplinary relationship between music and literature, and also those that outline the methodologies of one discipline for the edification of the other. Since there are any number of aesthetic forms that can combine music and words, we invite submissions from any literary studies, creative writing, musicology, ethnomusicology, performance studies, film and television, translation studies, or any number of other disciplines that may touch upon them. Some possible areas of investigation may include:
- The links between music and literature in early civilisations
- The importance of literary text in the contexts of world musics
- The strategies involved in setting poetic texts in “art-song” or as “programme” music
- The social functions of lyrics in popular music genres
- The challenges surrounding the lingual and cultural translation of song lyrics
- The use of music as rhetorical device in performance media, such as film and theatre
- The appropriation of musical imagery in poetry
- The use of musical concepts as structural principles in the composition of poetry
- The blending of literature and music in other aesthetic contexts (theatre, film, religion, etc.)
Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers. Please send abstract (no more than 250 words) and a short biography to email@example.com by 1 May 2014. Please also advise organisers of any A/V requirements and/or dietary preferences (for catering purposes).
Christian Griffiths, Anthea Skinner, Angela Tiziana Tarantini, Dr Paul Watt.
NB – The organisers are planning to publish a selection of these papers as a special journal issue. However, a separate call for papers will be issued for this purpose.
A PDF flyer is available here.