[SoundStudies] Mon 16 Feb, 4:30 PM -- Pauline LeVen

Brian Kane brian.kane at yale.edu
Tue Feb 3 18:17:58 EST 2015


The Yale Sound Studies Working Group (SSWG) invites you to join us on Monday, February 16, at 4:30 PM in the Whitney Humanities Center, Room B04 for our first meeting for the Spring 2015 semester. Pauline LeVen (Classics) will be speaking about "Syrinx' voice: violence, vibrant materiality, and the musical object." 

Professor LeVen's paper will be related to her current book project, The Music of Nature and the Nature of Music: Seven Readings in Greek and Roman Myths, which examines the body of Greek and Roman myths devoted to the music of animals and natural phenomena (birds, winds, frogs, echoes, insects, marsh-reeds...). LeVen writes, "The main claim of the book is that fantastic tales of animal metamorphosis are important loci of reflection on aesthetic questions. The seven readings (which include Plato’s myth of the cicadas, Ovid’s story of the origins of the echo, and Longus’ account of the cry of the ringdove) are windows onto a rich web of ideas about the beauty of music, appropriate responses to it, and the nature of the experience of sound and song."

A copy of the paper will be pre-circulated. Look for it the week of Feb. 9th. 

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Upcoming SSWG events:

March 30th: Carter Mathes (English, Rutgers), author of Imagine the Sound: Experimental African American Literature after Civil Rights

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