Tentatively called Music and the Liberal Vision, my present monograph describes how music’s appeal within elite venues, slum settlement projects, Pan-African networks, and the British Commonwealth was considered a means of enacting a hopeful process of self-realization and cross-class national progress. This relational, liberal narrative inspired aesthetic content and innovative form within poems, realist fiction, fairy tales, painting, and music in nineteenth-century Britain.
Also engaged in the field of digital humanities, I am co-directing the Sounding Victorian suite of projects with Sophie Fuller, leading the Sounding Tennyson project, and collaborating with Ewan Jones on the Tennyson collection hosted by the Cambridge Digital Library. Together, the Tennyson projects make up the consortium, Tennysons Archive: Digitising the Work of the Tennysons, Plural. The aspects of this digital work that are focused on presenting sound are internationally innovative, thanks to our collaboration with the Walter J. Ong, S.J., Center for Digital Humanities at Saint Louis University. Sounding Tennyson is the first project worldwide to use sound with IIIF and has provided the origin for multiple fixtures in the A/V group.