Elizabeth Hebbard

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Visiting Assistant Professor of French

ehebbard@indiana.edu | (812) 855-7812 | GA 3171

Research Areas

  • Medieval French and Occitan literature, particularly lyric and romance
  • Relationship between text and music
  • Medieval manuscripts, book history, paleography and codicology, manuscript fragments
  • Medievalism, reception of the Middle Ages, history of Medieval Studies

Education

  • Ph.D., French, Yale University, 2017
  • B.A., French and German, University of Georgia, 2007
  • B.Mus., Music Performance (bassoon), University of Georgia, 2007

Background

My work primarily concerns medieval French and Occitan lyric composed in the 12th and 13th centuries and transmitted in manuscripts copied in the 13th and 14th centuries. My research explores notions of authorship and the relationship between lyric text and melodic setting. I investigate the fundamental tension between song as an ephemeral performance and as a fixed, written text, including the mise en page and manuscript context of song. On this last point, my work on lyric intersects with my other main research focus: medieval manuscripts and the history of the book. I have trained extensively as a paleographer of both Latin and vernacular writing systems, and as a codicologist studying the construction and production of medieval manuscript and early print books. I am particularly interested in manuscript fragments, and in using digital tools to virtually reassemble books that have been dismantled and libraries that have been dispersed.

I have two separate yet related book projects. The first is a new catalogue of troubadour lyric manuscripts, which, as my work demonstrates, are more numerous than previously thought. My second book project is a critical history of the troubadour lyric archive based on the revised and updated material record presented in the catalogue. I show that lesser-studied manuscripts challenge traditional notions of lyric authorship by demonstrating the extent to which these notions are rooted in the study of one kind of manuscript: the songbook.

Publications

Articles

    “Troubadours and Trouvères,” Oxford Bibliographies in Music. Co-authored with Ardis Butterfield. Forthcoming.

Book Reviews

  • Lais, épitres et épigraphes en vers dans le cycle de Guiron le Courtois, ed. Claudio Lagomarsini. Bulletin Codicologique. Forthcoming.
  • Andrew Dalby, The Treatise of Walter of Bibbesworth. Medium Aevum 82/1 (2014), p.185

Courses Taught

  • La France Médiévale
  • La littérature française à l’opéra
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