Graduate Work-in-Progress - Closing the Wound: Memory and Clinical Nostalgia in the Nineteenth-Century French “Romance”

Black and white drawing of early settlers in a rowboat
October 14, 2021 - 4:30 PM

Clark Hall Room 206
11130 Bellflower Road

The nineteenth-century romance, the quintessential French song genre, was intimately tied to memory. Recollection, particularly of lost love, was a cliché: songs are filled with singers’ pleas to be remembered, with languishing protagonists haunted by the specters of absent lovers, and with commemorations of the dead. Contemporaneous critics even identified memory as the source of the songs’ mysterious emotional power. In this presentation, Nathan Dougherty, a PhD candidate in the Department of Music, examines both how and why romance composers sought to evoke and exploit memory, focusing particularly on the songs’ medical potential. 

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