Dr Estelle Murphy takes up BSECS Bodleian Fellowship

View from the rooftop terrace of the Weston Library, Oxford.
Friday, July 15, 2022 - 12:00

Dr Estelle Murphy took up a British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) Bodleian Fellowship this month (July). She is working with rare books and manuscripts at the Weston Library. This research forms part of that for her monograph on the history of the court ode, which she is working on for the duration of her current sabbatical leave. Dr Murphy's monograph covers the court ode in the period 1660 to 1779, and will use a variety of analytical methods to piece together the history and development of this large body of musical works. These methods include musico-poetic analysis, rastrology (the study of stave rulings) and paper-type analysis, hitoriography, musical analysis, and poetic analysis. She is also compiling a database of ode texts and sources to be released in tandem with the monograph. The database will be developed by Dr Paul Everett. It is open-access and will be funded by the Research and Development Office's Impact through Dissemination Support Fund 2021.