Professor Yolanda Plumley

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My research focuses primarily on the musical and literary culture of late medieval France. I have published extensively on the songs and lyric poetry of Guillaume de Machaut, the leading poet and composer of fourteenth-century France, the works of his immediate predecessors and younger contemporaries, and the books that transmit this repertory. I am especially interested in the artistic and political context from which these works derived; my research interests extend to court culture in the late Middle Ages in general, but in particular how it is reflected in the arts in France and elsewhere, and on the transmission of French cultural products across Europe. Current projects include a study of citational practice in fourteenth-century music and lyric poetry (funded by the AHRC) and an international collaboration to create a new edition of the complete literary and musical works of Machaut, with associated online resources and sound recordings (funded by the Leverhulme Trust). Publications from these projects include my monograph, The Art of Grafted Song: Citation and Allusion in the Age of Machaut (Oxford University Press, 2013), and two co-edited volumes of essays entitled Citation, Intertextuality and Memory in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (Liverpool University Press, 2011 and 2013).