In 2014 members of the Fordham University English Department organized the Music and Sound Studies Reading Group to answer the growing interest in music in the department and in response to the burgeoning interest in sound studies across academia generally. Although Fordham does not have a graduate music department, a number of faculty members and English graduate students share an interest in music and sound. This reading group aims to help its members incorporate music and sound studies into their work as scholars of literature. It gives them an opportunity to become acquainted with trends of scholarship in music and musicology as well as in sound studies more broadly, and is tailored to address the challenges of interdisciplinary research and writing.
Andrew Albin and Larry Kramer co-sponsor the group bringing their varied approaches to the table and hailing from different historical periods, medieval and the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries, respectively. With their help we cover the diverse historical and theoretical interests among graduate students in the group.
We meet once a month to discuss one longer or foundational text and supplement these meetings with smaller optional meetings around articles chosen from our respective interests and fields. We also communicate about events such as Voices Up! concerts sponsored by the Fordham English department and readings from Poets Out Loud. We look forward to strengthening these interests among the English department at Fordham and interested colleagues from other institutions and organizations, and we are pleased to launch this exciting forum.