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Vocal Bodies and Emotions in the Visual Arts (14th-16th c.)


This session will address visual and metaphorical representations of the act of singing, as found in the graphic arts and in literary and musical sources of the 'long 15th century.' Our point of departure will be the representation of bodies (monstrous, hybrid, animal, and human) in 14th and 15th-century miniatures; we shall consider, from that perspective, the other arts, literary texts, and vocal compositions of the 16th century.Our discussions will have a double objective: images of vocality, on the one hand, and expression of emotions, on the other, according to their diverse contexts. We shall be interested particularly in the different ways of representing bodies in the act of singing and their expressive vocality (harmony, dissonance, hocket, etc.). From there, we shall consider the emotions that these images might be intended to convey to, and arouse in, period 'spectators' (and also those of today).Our goal will be to discern 'affective typologies,' based on diverse visual and metaphorical forms of vocality, by situating them in their contexts of production and reception. It will be interesting to examine the ways in which these classifications would represent the social expression of emotions, through the medium of singing (chant) and of song (chanson).The more general goal is to consider interdisciplinary meeting points relative to song in the 14th to 16th centuries, considered as an aspect of historical and modern-day emotion studies.
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Martine Clouzot. Vocal Bodies and Emotions in the Visual Arts (14th-16th c.). Affective horizons of 'song' in the long fifteenth century, Graeme Bonne, LE STUDIUM Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, in residence at: Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance à Tours (UMR CNRS 7323); Philippe Vendrix, Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance à Tours (UMR CNRS 7323), Jun 2018, Tours, France. ⟨hal-02468042⟩
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