Harry Carter

Harry Carter

Ph.D. Student in Comparative Literature, admitted Autumn 2021
2021: M.Phil. with distinction, English Studies (Medieval), St Hilda's College, Oxford
2019: B.A. First Class & Passmore Edwards Prize, Classics and English, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

My most pronounced interest is in songs and lyrics, particularly premodern ones, and thinking about them comparatively as a means of bringing them to life and appreciating them better. In July 2022 I gave a paper at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, discussing the treatment of ineffability in medieval European fin’amor song lyrics and song lyrics (ci ) from Song Dynasty China. In March 2023 I gave a paper at the ACLA, discussing the way these song lyric traditions differentiated themselves from contemporary poetic ideals.
Last year I was Vice Chair of the Early Text Cultures research collective, which organises seminars, conferences and workshops to enable interdisciplinary dialogue among scholars of premodern literature.

I am a member of The Unheard Melodies Project, a musical collaboration with Nigel Smith and Timothy Hampton. The project tries to give new life to old lyrics, through settings, translations and reimaginings.



Research Interests

  • Comparative Studies


  • Medieval Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • Poetry and Poetics