Machaut in the Book

Project Team
Principal Investigator: Deborah McGrady
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Albritton, Abstract

Research Assistant: Elizabeth Erickson, Abstract
Research Assistant: Rachel Geer, Abstract

Project Goals

Symposium Schedule - April 2013

Participating Scholars

Jennifer Bain, Associate Professor of Music Theory at Dalhousie University, has published numerous articles on the music of Guillaume de Machaut, as well as on chant and on the reception of the music of Hildegard of Bingen in book collections, The New Catholic Encyclopedia, and in various musicology journals. She recently edited a special early music issue of the Journal of Music Theory, and has co-edited a forthcoming collection of essays on Guillaume de Machaut with Deborah McGrady (Brill).

Maureen Boulton, Professor of French (University of Notre Dame), is interested in the relation between narrative and lyric poetry and in religious literature. She has published two editions, The Song in the Story a study of lyric insertions, and collaborated with Ruth Dean on Anglo-Norman Literature. A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts. She is currently completing Piety and Persecutions (translations of Anglo-Norman texts for The French of England in Translation), and Pious Fictions a study of vernacular lives of Christ.

Mark Cruse is Associate Professor of French at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the relationship between literature, material culture, and performance in Francophone realms from the twelfth to fifteenth centuries. He has published in Gesta, Studies in Iconography, and The Senses and Society on subjects including heraldry, writing tablets, and theater manuscripts. His book Illuminating the Roman d’Alexandre (Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 264): The Manuscript as Monument will be published by Boydell and Brewer in fall 2011.

Lawrence Earp is professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Guillaume de Machaut: A Guide to Research (1995). His published articles have focused on music in late medieval France and the reception of medieval music. Current projects include an introduction to a planned facsimile edition of the Ferrell-Vogüé Machaut manuscript.

Domenic Leo presently teaches art history at Youngstown State University. He holds degrees in French and Linguistics from Georgetown University, a Royal Diploma from Christie’s, and an MA and PhD in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. He specializes in late medieval secular manuscript illumination and is currently working as art historical commentator on two Machaut projects: an edition of his complete works and a facsimile. He also has a book in progress on marginalia in a manuscript with the Vows of the Peacock poem.

Kate Maxwell is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Centre for Multimodality and Cultural Change at the University of Agder, Norway, working on a project entitled 'Multimodal Machaut: Manuscript, Print, and Digital receptions of the Oeuvre' (for more details see In 2009 she was awarded her PhD by the university of Glasgow for her thesis "Guillaume de Machaut and the mise en page of medieval French sung verse". Recent publications include an article on the use of Memory in Machaut manuscripts and the Voir Dit for the volume Memory in Medieval France (ed. Meredith Cohen, Elma Brenner, and Mary Franklin-Brown, Ashgate, 2013), an article on Machaut's lays in Manuscripts and Printed Books in Europe, 1350-1550: Packaging, Presentation and Consumption (ed. Emma Cayley and Sarah Powell, Exeter University Press, in press), and the graphic composition "Performing Notation, Notation Performing" in Notations 21 (ed. Theresa Tisano, New York: Mark Batty, 2009). She is currently co-editing a volume entitled Performance and the Page which considers the manuscript presentation of medieval works.

Elizaveta Strakhov is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania working on a dissertation provisionally entitled "Channeling War: Poetics and Politics in the Pennsylvania Manuscript" that uses the lyric anthology University of Pennsylvania Codex 902 (formerly French 15) to open up questions surrounding political factionalism, linguistic diversity and shared poetic culture in England and France during the Hundred Years War. She has an article on Chaucer and Statius forthcoming in Chaucer and Fame, ed. Isabel Davis and Catherine Nall (Boydell & Brewer) and an article on Machaut and Chaucer forthcoming in Machaut's Legacy: The Judgment
Poetry Tradition in Late Medieval Literature
, ed. Burt Kimmelman and R. Barton Palmer (University of Florida Press).

Helen Swift is Fellow and Tutor in Medieval French at St Hilda's College, University of Oxford. Having initially focused on questions of gender representation in the late medieval querelle des femmes (Gender, Writing, and Performance: Men Defending Women in Late Medieval France (1440-1538), OUP, 2008), she now draws on this corpus, in conjunction with later-fourteenth-century material, to consider broader issues of text-image relations, patronage practices, voice, and first-person identity in narrative poetry of the period.

Anna Zayaruznaya is interested in the relationship between text and music in late-medieval song. She is currently at work on a book which explores the roles played by monstrous and hybrid imagery in the motets of Machaut , Philippe de Vitry, and their contemporaries. An Assistant Professor in the department of music at Princeton University, she teaches courses in medieval and renaissance music and the history of musical notation.

Resources: Online Manuscripts

Resources: Manuscript Descriptions