• Review: Katherine R. Larson, The Matter of Song in Early England

    Author(s):
    Kendra Leonard (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    Global Shakespeares, MS Opera and Musical Performance, North American British Music Studies Association, TC Women’s and Gender Studies
    Subject(s):
    Musicology, Early modern culture, Early modern English culture, Music
    Item Type:
    Book review
    Tag(s):
    song
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/0ssp-d551
    Abstract:
    Review of Katherine R. Larson, The Matter of Song in Early England. Abstract: Katherine R. Larson’s The Matter of Song in Early England is an exceptional study. It offers the perspective not just of an academic—Larson is professor of English at the University of Toronto—but also that of a performer, as Larson is an ac- complished singer. In this monograph, she brings together work she has done in editing two essay collections, one on Mary Wroth and one on song and gender in early modern England, a host of journal publications, and new research and analysis. The Matter of Song in Early England is accompanied by a companion site featuring fourteen pieces recorded by Larson and lutenist Lucas Harris. As Larson writes in the prologue of the book, this experiential aspect of her project—what Carolyn Abbate calls the “drastic,” as opposed to the more objective “gnostic” response to music (9)—made the endeavor more personal and more embodied, especially as it is this embodiment that she is most often concerned with in detailing women’s experiences with song in the English early modern period.
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