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Wed, Jan 10



Book Launch Imagining Pasts with author Kristin Franseen

We are honored to host Kristin Franseen's book launch for Imagining Pasts: The Queer Literary Musicology of Vernon Lee, Rosa Newmarch, and Edward Prime-Stevenson.

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Book Launch Imagining Pasts with author Kristin Franseen
Book Launch Imagining Pasts with author Kristin Franseen

Heure et lieu

Jan 10, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Montréal, 40 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1P8, Canada

À propos de l'évènement

Imagining Musical Pasts explores the complicated archive of sources, interpretations, and people present in queer writings on opera and symphonic music from ca.1880-1935. It focuses primarily on the work of three turn-of-the-twentieth-century music scholars--philosopher and horror writer Vernon Lee.

Kristin M. Franseen is a postdoctoral fellow in history at Concordia University,

where she is also a research associate with the Simone de Beauvoir Institute. Her research is

supported by research and knowledge mobilization grants from the Fonds de recherche du

Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC). She received her PhD in musicology from McGill

University in 2019, where her dissertation examined early 20th-century queer writings on opera

and symphonic music. Her work focuses on the place of gossip, anecdote, and other unreliable

sources in the history of musicology and composer biography. Articles from her research also

appear in the journals Music & Letters, 19th-Century Music, the Journal of Historical Fictions,

and the Cahiers de la Société québécoise de recherche en musique, as well as in the magazines Musique et pédagogie, VAN, and Contingent. In the spring of 2024, she will join the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University as part of the Western Postdoctoral Fellowships Program.

Her next project, The Intriguing Afterlives of Antonio Salieri: Gossip, Fiction, and the Post-Truth

in Music Biography, follows the interactions between fictional and factual sources, histories of

misinformation, and the social and historical constructions of collegiality, pedagogy, and

canonicity from the 1820s to the 2020s.

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