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Dr Miranda Stanyon

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Dr Miranda Stanyon studied music and arts at the University of Melbourne before coming to London in 2010 to undertake a doctorate in English literature at Queen Mary University of London. After spending two years as a Junior Research Fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge, she joined King’s in September 2015.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • English and German literature in the long eighteenth century
  • Music and sound
  • Enlightenment and Romantic aesthetics and visual culture
  • Emotions history

Miranda works on literary culture in the very long eighteenth century, with a special focus on intersections between different arts and senses. She is currently preparing a book on music in the literary sublime, and has written on music and sound, visual forms, poetry and the emergence of the category of ‘emotions’, and on early modern polyphony. She has interests in performance, translation, and literacy and engagement, and hopes to develop these in some new work on book-love in England and Germany.   

Selected publications
  • ‘Sublime Rauschen: Enlightening Sound from Locke to Klopstock.’ Modern Philology 111.4 (2017): 845–71.
  • The Changes; or plus ça change? Newburgh Hamilton’s Early Writings and the Politics of Handel’s Libretti.’ Journal of the Royal Musical Association 142.2 (2017): 221–255.
  • ‘“What Passion cannot Musick raise and quell!” The Pindaric Ode and the Musical Sublime in the History of Emotions.’ In Understanding Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern World, ed. Andrew Lynch and Michael Champion, 107–25. Brepols, 2015.
  • ‘Serpentine Sighs: De Quincey’s Suspiria de Profundis and the Serpentine Line.’ Studies in Romanticism 53.1 (2014): 31–58.
  • ‘“Rastrierte Blätter, aber mit keiner Note beschrieben”: The Musical Sublime and Aporias of Inscription in Hoffmann’s Ritter Gluck.’ German Quarterly 83.4 (2010): 412–430.

For a complete list of publications, please see Miranda’s research profile


Dr Stanyon teaches on eighteenth-century and Romantic literature, music and sound, the novel and narrative form, literary theory, and emotions history.  

Expertise and public engagement

Miranda recently worked with student musicians and members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on a public workshop-concert on music and the sublime, and would welcome further collaborations in the arts and education.






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