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Music at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Published: 9 January 2011

Music PhD student Stephen Groves joined postgraduates from Southampton's interdisciplinary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies for a very successful panel at the British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Oxford.

Stephen teamed up with fellow doctoral candidates Christina Davidson and Jeni Buckley, both from English, to mount a session on ‘Sensible Behaviour: themes of desire, manners, and taste in eighteenth-century music and fiction’. Each presented aspects of their current research: on English music aesthetics and taste in the age of the Landscape garden, on Frances Burney’s heroines, and on finance and romance in Eliza Haywood’s early work.

Other Southampton contributors to the conference included Music's Wellcome Research Fellow, Wiebke Thormählen; and Julia Banister, a recent SCECS doctoral student, now working at the University of Sussex, gave a very well received paper in a panel on Masculinities, at which there was standing room only. It was a great pleasure, too, to see many past and future Chawton House Library (CHL) and University of Southampton Visiting Fellows, many of whom were presenting research carried out while in residence at CHL.

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