Frederic Alden Warren Lecture “Reverberations” featuring Prof. Alan Galey | Postponed; New Date to be Announced

* Please note that this talk, originally scheduled for May 13, 2021, has been postponed; a new date will be announced. *

Alan Galey

Join us for the Frederic Alden Warren Lecture featuring Prof. Alan Galey

Music, Literature and Textual Scholarship in the Age of Digital Streaming

Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm EDT. This event will be held on Zoom. All are welcome to register for this event.

Music and literature are distinct yet closely linked artistic forms. Each continues to influence the other despite changes in their technologies of production, circulation and reception. This talk considers how studies of the transmission of literature and music can inform each other, drawing on theories, vocabularies and methods shared by textual scholarship, performance studies and sound studies.

Cartoon illustration for Alan Galey's Warren Lecture

1877 newspaper advertisement for a concert demonstrating telephonic technology

How do books, as our primary artifacts of literary transmission, materialize on the stages of musical performances, both symbolically and physically? Conversely, how do recordings of musical performances circulate among fan communities and collectors, and how can fields like textual studies and bibliography help us to understand them? With the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in mind, how should we understand the materiality of music and literature alike in the age of digital streaming (and Zoom lectures)? This talk will explore these questions through examples ranging from early sound media experiments with Shakespeare to literary intersections with music artists such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, U2 and The Tragically Hip.

Alan Galey is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, with a cross-appointment to English, and Director of the collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture. His research and teaching are located at the intersection of textual studies, the history of books and reading, and the digital humanities. His 2014 book, The Shakespearean Archive: Experiments in New Media from the Renaissance to Postmodernity, was published by Cambridge University Press. His articles have appeared in journals such as Book History, Shakespeare Quarterly, Archivaria, and The Canadian Journal of Communication, on topics ranging from the digitization of Shakespeare, to the bibliographical analysis of ebooks, to Marshall McLuhan’s marginalia on James Joyce, to bootlegged concert recordings of The Tragically Hip. He is a member of the boards of directors for both the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) and the Society for Textual Scholarship (STS).