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Sarah Collins

Sarah Collins

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Academic Staff (Music)
The University of Western Australia (M413)
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Sarah Collins lectures in musicology at the University of Western Australia. In 2017, she was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at Durham University. Sarah is the author of The Aesthetic Life of Cyril Scott (2013) and has had articles published in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Twentieth-Century Music, Music & Letters, Musical Quarterly and elsewhere. She is a co-editor, with Paul Watt and Michael Allis, of the Oxford Handbook of Music and Intellectual Culture in the Nineteenth Century (OUP, forthcoming), and is currently the reviews editor of the Journal of the Royal Musical Association and the RMA Research Chronicle.

Sarah has been a reader for the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Journal of Victorian Culture, Ashgate and Boydell, and has served as President of the Victorian Chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia, and as secretary and treasurer respectively of the Queensland chapter.

She welcomes potential PhD students interested in researching any aspect of cultural modernism, film music, or music and politics of any era.
Key research
Sarah's current research focuses on the intersection between political, aesthetic and ethical concerns in music literature of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries (including music historiography, music criticism and aesthetics). Her broader research interests include British music and modernism, Anglo-European musical relations during the inter-war period, cosmopolitanism, 'new' modernism, and disciplinary history. Her second book-length project, tentatively titled Late Modernism: Untimely Ideas about Music and Literature, posits a revised understanding of the function of autonomy in musical modernism, with reference to both literary and musical aesthetics. She is also currently editing a collection on Liberalism and Victorian Music Culture, and is developing a project on music and the 'liberal imagination' more broadly. Sarah is also co-CI, with Laura Tunbridge (Oxford) and Barbara Kelly (RNCM) on a British Academy/Leverhulme-funded project examining music and the project of internationalism in the inter-war period.

Sarah Collins, The Aesthetic Life of Cyril Scott (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2013). ISBN: 9781843838074. 248 + xxxi

Edited Book

Paul Watt, Sarah Collins and Michael Allis (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music and Intellectual Culture in the 19th Century (Oxford: OUP, forthcoming)

Book Chapters

Sarah Collins, ‘What was Contemporary Music?: The New, the Modern and the Contemporary in the ISCM’, Bjorn Heile and Charles Wilson (eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Modernism in Music (Farnham: Ashgate, 2018)

Sarah Collins, ‘Anti-Intellectualism and the Rhetoric of ‘National Character’ in Music: The Vulgarity of Over-Refinement', Jeremy Dibble and Julian Horton (eds.), British Music Criticism and Intellectual Thought, 1850-1950 (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2018)

Sarah Collins and Simon Perry, ‘“The Beauty of Bravery”: Alternative Modernisms and De-historicizing Grainger’, Kay Dreyfus and Suzanne Robinson (eds.) Grainger the Modernist (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015)

Refereed Journal Articles

Sarah Collins, 'What is Cosmopolitan?" Busoni and Other Germans' Musical Quarterly 99.2 (2017): 201-229

Sarah Collins and Dana Gooley, 'Music and the New Cosmopolitanism: Problems and Possibilities' Musical Quarterly 99.2 (2017): 139-165

Sarah Collins, 'Nationalisms, Modernisms and Masculinities: Strategies of Displacement in Vaughan Williams's Reading of Walt Whitman' Nineteenth-Century Music Review 14.1 (2017): 65-91

Sarah Collins, 'The Political Aesthetics of Detachment: Modernism, Autonomy and the Idea of the Transnational' Australian Humanities Review 62 (2017): 79-97

Sarah Collins, ‘The Composer as “Good European”: Musical Modernism, Amor Fati and the Cosmopolitanism of Frederick Delius’ Twentieth-Century Music 12.1 (2015): 97-123

Sarah Collins, ‘Absolute Music and Ideal Content: Autonomy, Sensation and Experience in Arthur Symons’ “Theory of Musical Aesthetics”’ Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies 19.1 (2014): 45-66

Sarah Collins, ‘A Critical Succession: Aesthetic Democracy and Radical Music Criticism between the Wars’ Music & Letters 95.3 (2014): 404-28

Sarah Collins, ‘Practices of Aesthetic Self-Cultivation: British Composer-Critics of the “Doomed Generation”’ Journal of the Royal Musical Association 138.1 (2013): 85-128


Sarah Collins, ‘Late Style and its Discontents: Essays in Art, Literature, and Music, ed. by Gordon McMullen and Sam Smiles [Review]’ Music and Letters 98.3 (2017): 489–492
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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