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Poetry and Music in the Early Modern Hispanic World

Posted By Elizabeth B. Davis, Monday, May 2, 2016
Updated: Monday, May 2, 2016

CHICAGO, 30 March-1 April 2017

Poetry and Music in the Early Modern Hispanic World

This panel seeks to explore the multifaceted relations between music and poetry in early modern Iberia and colonial Latin America. What are the soundscapes of Golden Age and colonial Latin American poetry? How do music and poetry coexist, interact, and compete in social/cultural spaces and institutions such as the court, the church, or the public square? How do innovations in the way of writing music in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries influence the writing of poetry, and vice versa? These are a few of the questions we hope panelists will address in papers that also engage the question of how disciplinary approaches (new formalisms, musicology, the history of ideas, lyric theory, or aural studies) contribute to our understanding of the relationship between poetry and music in Spain and colonial Latin America during the early modern period. We welcome papers on topics such as poetic voice, performance, rhythm, and musicality; practitioners and audiences of poetry and music; affect and power in music and poetry; humanistic approaches to ancient lyric; the relation of music and poetry to other disciplines such as philosophy, theology, visual arts, astrology, and mathematics. 

Please send a 1-page CV and an abstract of no more than 150 words to Lorena Uribe Bracho ( and Elizabeth Davis ( and by May 28. See the guidelines for CVs on the RSA’s annual meeting page.

Tags:  affect  aurality  lyric  music  performance  poetry  rhythm  sound  soundscape  voice 

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