Dylan C. Price

Research Interests

Politics, phenomenology, ecocriticism, postcolonial studies, 19th/20th century history, music analysis

Area of proposed thesis

National Mood: Antonín Dvořák’s Affective Landscapes 

Our contemporary political dangers have stimulated renewed interest in studies of nationalism, but we lack a conceptual framework that adequately accounts for its corporeal power. The aim of my research, supervised by Professor Daniel Grimley, is to construct a more viscerally engaged theory of nationalism, better equipped to deal with its affective siren call. Antonín Dvořák’s music offers a productive tool with which to explicate this disruptive idea, but the implications of this research extend to multivalent questions of identity in the humanities and social sciences more broadly. Operating in the interstitial space between nationalism studies, ecocriticism and phenomenology, the thesis analyses the ways in which the affective potential of these landscapes, alongside those of contemporaneous art and literature, was used performatively to actualise a Czech cultural and ethnic region. The study uses a variety of case studies to explicate this new theory’s agential, performative, music-analytical, ecological and political implications, in order to attend to a single, pressing question: how can we conceptualise, reformulate and challenge nationalisms’ affective power?


Open-Oxford-Cambridge Doctoral Training Partnership (AHRC)

Asa Briggs Scholarship in the Humanities (Worcester College)

Clarendon Scholarship (Oxford University Press)

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