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Moritz von Schwind, 'Eine Symphonie' (1852) presents the genre of the symphony as a sequence of narrative scenes © Bayerische Statsgemäldesammlungen,

The study of connections between music and literature has recently become a flourishing area of international research activity. The Open University’s Literature and Music Research Group aims to encourage wide-ranging interdisciplinary study of literature and music and to foster a research community in this area within and beyond the university.

Members of the Literature and Music Research Group have previously run two international conferences, resulting in the publication Phrase and Subject: Studies in Literature and Music and Literature and Music: Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching at The Open University. Details of further research publications in this area can be found by following the members link and clicking on individuals’ names.

The OU Literature and Music Research Group hosted the ninth international conference of the WMA in August 2013. Literature and Music Research Group members are also engaged in Knowledge Transfer activity and events including consultancies for broadcasting and the performing arts. Since 2015, the Research Group has run a public study day in partnership with The Oxford Lieder Festival.

The Literature and Music Research Group offers occasional graduate training events and members of the group supervise graduate students. For more information follow the postgraduate opportunities link.

There is also a fruitful connection between this research area and the undergraduate curriculum at the Open University. For more information follow the curriculum link.


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Literature and Music Research Group
The Open University
School of Arts & Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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