Tim Coombes

Research Interests

nineteenth and twentieth-century French music, the history of childhood, embodiment, lyric poetry and jazz reception in 1930s Britain

Area of proposed thesis

My thesis examines music’s role in exhibiting and shaping understandings of childhood in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French culture.  It is concerned with how thought in various spheres of cultural activity – literary, artistic, political and scientific, as well as musical – helped to determine the category of the ‘childlike’. I try to suggest how music participated in the revisions of Romantic notions of subjectivity undertaken in contemporaneous discourses about childhood.



Subjects Taught

Musical Thought and Scholarship; History of Western music, 1750 – present; Analysis and Criticism