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Dr David Bretherton awarded AHRC Leadership Fellowship

Published: 26 January 2017
Dr David Bretherton

Dr David Bretherton, lecturer in Music, has been awarded £175,236.80 from the AHRC Leadership Fellowship scheme (Early Career Route) towards his research project ‘Queer Music, Queer Theory, Queer Music Theory’.

The Fellowship will allow Dr Bretherton to take a lead in re-energising the debate about the nature of queer music, and to play a decisive role in the re-conceptualisation of the problematic notion of queer music from a music-theoretical and -analytical perspective. Focusing on selected works from the last two centuries, by composers such as Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Copland, Britten and Finnissy, this research will explore the emergence of queer musicology and critique earlier work in this area. It will then interrogate the concept of 'queer music' through several music-analytical case studies organised around core ideas from the discipline of queer theory. The notion that modern Western society is dominated by a 'heteronormative' discourse favouring heterosexual relationships and 'normal' gender behaviours will be particularly important, because its analogue, musical convention, when subverted is often dubiously interpreted as autobiographical evidence of a composer's queerness. This project seeks more nuanced and thoughtful alternatives, and seeks to align queer musicology with other approaches in the humanities.

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