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Round Table on ‘Literature and Music: in from the margins and out again’

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 14:30 to Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 14:30

Round Table on ‘Literature and Music: in from the margins and out again’ convened at ‘Words, Music and Marginalisation’, the sixth Biennial Conference of the WMA Forum (the Forum of the International Association for Word and Music Studies) held online at the University of St Andrews. 

The conference programme can be seen at Programme – Words, Music and Marginalisation (

The panel comprised six contributors to The Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Music, ed. Delia da Sousa Correa, published July 2020. Speakers presented topics relating to ‘words, music and marginalisation’ ranging from the nineteenth century to the present and covering forms of marginalisation relating to age, gender, genre and race.

The speakers and topics were:

Delia da Sousa Correa, The Open University (Chair and opening speaker)

Timothy Coombes, University of Oxford, ‘Childhood at the Margins in Late Nineteenth-century French Opera’

Peter Dayan, Edinburgh University, ‘Cécile Sauvage: her Place on the Margin’

Adrian Paterson, University of Galway, ‘Yeats and Crazy Jane: Words for Music’

Emma Sutton, University of St Andrews, ‘A ‘Hawaiian Historical Comic Opera’: Contexts and Challenges in 'Recovering' a Manuscript by Queen Lili'uokalani’

Christin Hoene, Maastricht University, ‘Music at the Margins: The Aesthetics of Indian Raag and Scottish Ceòl Mór’

Michael Klein, Temple University, ‘Who speaks for America’s Apocalypse?: Music in the Literature of Black Americans’

Contact us

Literature and Music Research Group
The Open University
School of Arts & Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Delia da Sousa Correa
Robert Samuels