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The Song Is You: A Conference on Song Lyrics and Literary Study


The Song Is You: A Conference on Song Lyrics and Literary Study

University of Toronto Scarborough

November 19-23, 2007

Monday Nov 19

The Tin Pan Alley Tradition


Room: BV 516

Andrew DuBois, “What Bing Crosby and Robert Frost Have in Common”

Andrea Most, “The Flower Garden of My H(e)art:  Freedom and Romance in the Lyrics of Lorenz Hart”

A Special Lecture on Hip-Hop


Room: MW 130

Adam Bradley (Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA) 

“Everybody’s Rhyme Book: Notes on a Hip-Hop Poetics”

Tuesday Nov 20

On Lyrics and Politics (Lily Allen and Sam Cooke)


Room: SW 319

Julian Humphreys, “The Politics of Being Lily Allen: Doing, Undoing and Redoing Gender and Sexuality in the Response Song”

Chris Trigg, “A Change Ain’t Gonna Come: Sam Cooke and the Protest Song”

Wednesday Nov 21

On Genre and Method (Leonard Cohen and Queen)


Room: Bluff’s Restaurant (back room), Student Centre

Sherry Lee, “Leonard Cohen and the Power of Genre”

Ken McLeod, “Ambiguity and Meaning: Pop Music Lyrics and The Problem of Queen”


Listening to Frank: Sinatra and the Song


Room: BV 516

Mike Boughn, “Emerson, Eros, and Convention: Sinatra’s Vocal Stylings”

Ira Wells, “Singing Modernism: Porter and Sinatra Beneath the Skin”

Thursday Nov 22

Bob Dylan and The Band


Room: Student Centre basement (beside Bluff’s restaurant)

Panel Chair: Colin Hill

Rob Carson, “A Fig for Doc Pomus”

David Galbraith, “Bob Dylan: Plagiarist?”

Garry Leonard, “Peeking through a keyhole down upon my knees: Dylan in Love”

The Operatic Text


Room: AA 209

Panel Chair: Katie Larson

Kim Fairbrother Canton, “Ezra Pound’s Le Testament: Opera as Translation”

Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon, “Opera’s Challenges to Word/Music Theories”

Lawrence J. Wiliford, “Performing the Text: A Singer’s Perspective”

Friday Nov 23

Masia-One: An Interview and Discussion


Room: MW 130


This conference is made possible through generous funding from the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto and by the kind support of the Department of Humanities at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

© University of Toronto Scarborough