Philip R. Bullock

Philip R. Bullock
Résidents Labex RFIEA+
Résidents Programme EURIAS

dates de séjour

01/09/2016 - 30/06/2017



Fonction d’origine


Institution d’origine

Université d'Oxford (Royaume-Uni)

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

The Poet's Echo: Art Song in Russia, 1730-2000

My project explores the history of art-song as it has developed in Russia from the early eighteenth century to the present day. Fusing musical analysis, literary criticism and cultural history, it is also informed by reception studies, gender studies, translation studies, the history of emotions, history of the book and performance studies. It takes as its basis the vast number of scores held in Russian libraries, but also uses memoirs, dairies, letters, publishers’ catalogues and concert programmes to chart the reception of poetry through musical composition and performance. Its ambitions are fourfold. Firstly, it will establish a narrative history of a form in which almost all Russian composers have expressed themselves. Secondly, it will illustrate how song participates in the literary process by establishing, shaping and disseminating Russia’s canon of poetry beyond the page. Thirdly, it will trace how print culture was instrumental in shaping Russia’s social and cultural self-image. Finally, it will illustrate something of the emotional world of Russian audiences by shedding light on the reception of poetry and music by a wide range of performers and listeners.


Dr Philip Ross Bullock, MSt, DPhil (BA Durham), studied at the universities of Durham and Oxford, and has worked at the University of Wales, Bangor, and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London. He held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford, and was Edward T. Cone Member in Music Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton in 2007. He returned to Wadham College – where he completed his DPhil and was also organ scholar – in 2007. His article on Tchaikovsky’s songs (‘Eloquent Speech and Articulate Silence: The Queerness of Tchaikovsky’s Songs’) received the 2009 Philip Brett Award of the American Musicological Society, and in 2009, he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for Modern Languages.