On February 21, 2014, Joanna Swafford (PhD candidate, University of Virginia) visited UConn to talk about her project “Songs of the Victorians” and public humanities tool “Augmented Notes.” Swafford’s research focuses on Victorian poetry, sound studies, and digital humanities. Her dissertation, “Transgressive Tunes and the Gendered Music of Victorian Poetry,” traces the gendered intermediations of poetry and music. Her visit was co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Digital Media & Design, University Libraries: Scholars’ Collaborative and the Connecticut Digital Archive.
One of her goals in developing “Songs of the Victorians” was to make musico-literary arguments in an open-access setting, which would allow scholars to better understand her analyses of poetry set to music in parlor and art songs, by giving them access to the notated music and audio, which can be followed along measure by measure. This will allow scholars in areas outside of music, who may not read music, to both see and hear Swafford’s arguments. (more…)