Song in French Narrative

Interdisciplinary French and Music Conference

University of Nottingham,

April 23rd – 24th 2020

Welcome to Song in French Narrative

It is with regret that we are writing to announce the postponement of our conference on ‘Song in French Narrative’, intended to be held on 23–24 April 2020 at the University of Nottingham. Given the current uncertainty and worsening situation, not only in the UK but also worldwide, we feel that it would be neither responsible nor practical to persist in holding the conference. We are, of course, very disappointed, but we remain grateful to all the speakers who proposed such fascinating papers, as well as to our very generous funders at the University of Nottingham, UCL, and the Society for French Studies. I personally would also like to thank Hannah Scott who as the organiser at the host institution has borne the burden of administering the conference and will now have the task of cancelling all the bookings and arrangements so carefully made.

We were delighted with the response we received to our call for papers and our intention is to postpone rather than cancel the conference. We will review the situation at the end of the summer, and will hope to get back to you then with a new proposal about possible future timings/formats. We are also very keen to put together a special issue on ‘Song in French Narrative’, so please do bear that in mind and let us know if you would be interested in contributing an article to that project in due course.

With our apologies, best wishes, and hoping that you and your families all remain safe.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Elizabeth Eva Leach (University of Oxford)

Prof. Martin Wåhlberg (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Concert introduction by Prof. Helen Abbott (University of Birmingham)

The aim of this conference is to explore the presence of song in French narrative from the medieval to the modern. Within the broader sphere of musico-literary relations, song has a specific place at the intersection between words and music. Yet a focus on song in narrative shifts the emphasis from poetry to prose, and necessitates a consideration of the formal disjuncture between both music and literature, on the one hand, and poetry and prose, on the other.

This conference seeks to bring musicologists and literary scholars together in a productive dialogue, centred on song(s), singers, and singing in French and francophone texts. Our discussions will interrogate issues including the role of song in narrative, the specific songs that are cited or referenced, questions of transmission and translation, and the representation, contribution, and narrative function of song.

Please note – we are pleased to offer PG students a free-fee conference (inclusive of conference dinner), and a small travel bursary to help with the additional practical costs of attendance.

Organising committee: Dr Jennifer Rushworth (UCL) and Dr Hannah Scott (University of Nottingham)

Registration: link coming soon….

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