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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 (forthcoming).
  • ‘“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.


Miranda currently contributes to the following modules:

4ABA0001 What is Comparative Literature?
4ABA0002 The Writer in the Text
4ABA0003 Comparative Literature: Theoretical Foundations
4ABA0004 Forms of Shorter Narrative
5ABA0001 Literature of Empire
5ABA0002 Ideas of Nation
7ABA0006 Theorizing Comparative Literature across Cultures

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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