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Form in Performance: Song at the English Institute by Tessie Prakas

This year’s English Institute opened with a paper by Ardis Butterfield entitled “Why Medieval Lyric?” This title, a nod to Jonathan Culler’s benchmark essay “Why Lyric?” (2008), was a fittingly ambitious response to the theme of the conference; the Institute brings together a group of established scholars on a yearly basis to address a specific, typically capacious topic, and this year’s was “form.” Butterfield’s large-stakes title, though, was also fully merited by the skilful and wide-ranging turns in her paper: in asking,

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