We are delighted to receive applications (for MSc or PhD) from students interested in any domain of literature linked by theory or practice to music.
Word and Music Studies is an essentially interdisciplinary research field, and we welcome this. Research students in this area will normally expect to have two supervisors. One would be Peter Dayan, as the expert in Word and Music theory. The other supervisor would be an expert in the particular corpus of work being studied. To give some examples of current, recent, and projected colaborations: students working on the concept of music in the works of Edgar Allan Poe, or in post-colonial novels, have a supervisor in English Literature; a student working on music in 20th century Chinese literature has a supervisor in East Asian Studies; a student working on Schoenberg might have a supervisor in the Music Department; a student working on musical concepts in 19th century French painting has a supervisor in the Art History department; and all of these students would also have Peter Dayan as a supervisor.
It is the encouragement of this cross-departmental collaboration that makes Word and Music Studies at Edinburgh so special. We are willing to consider research projects that link music to words in any sphere; not only literature, but also the visual arts, cinema, and translation. We have to date specialised in the analysis of words and music considered as arts, rather than as semiotic systems (so, for example, we have had few links with Linguistics, Psychology, or Sociology); but we would also be prepared to look at projects that challenge this distinction. Please do not hesitate to contact Professor Dayan with any queries about the possibility of supervision for interdisciplinary topics.
This article was published on Mar 1, 2013