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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 19th Frederic Alden Warren Lecture with Prof. Alan Galey | Reverberations: Musical Performance and the Transformations of Literature – POSTPONED

We regret to inform you that due to the current situation with COVID-19, this event has been postponed.

The University of Toronto has recommended the cancellation or postponement of all discretionary events that are not required as part of courses and academic requirements. As such, all events on the Trinity College campus will be cancelled immediately until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.

Location: George Ignatieff Theatre
Time: 7:30 p.m.

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 book history and performance studies alike. 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 live musical performances circulate among fan communities and collectors, and how can fields like textual studies and bibliography help us to understand them? Finally, what difference does it make to ask these questions in the context of popular music? This talk will explore literary and book-historical intersections with artists including 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, where he also teaches in 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, and his current research focuses on the bibliographical study of born-digital texts and artifacts.


Admission is free, but registration is required.