Spring 2024

Harvard Hall 201


3 pm - 5 pm

CompLit 156: Songmaking and the Idea of Lyric

Gregory Nagy

A re-examination of “Lyric” as occasion as well as genre. Central questions to be explored will include: how do the “lyrics” of composed song come alive in performance? For example, how do the two librettists of Puccini’s opera La Bohème contribute to the making of a masterpiece in song? Shared readings include The Lyric Theory Reader: A Critical Anthology, edited by Virginia Jackson and Yopie Prins. Students are free to select as their focus of research any particular “lyric” traditions, composed in whatever language. No previous knowledge of literary theory is presumed.

Course presentation video

Things I have learned from students who have taken my seminars in Comparative Literature, By Professor Greg Nagy

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