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Harry Carter

Hello all! I am Harry. I have just started work on my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature here at Stanford. Recently, 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. My M.Phil. thesis reads medieval European fin’amor song-lyrics 'by analogy' with Song-dynasty Chinese ci (詞) song-lyrics, to investigate the centrality of ideas of ineffability to the way lyrics from both traditions work. In July I will be giving a paper on this topic at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds.
 
I also love to use comparison as a way of thinking productively and innovatively about Ancient Greek and Latin literature in relation to medieval European and premodern Chinese literature. I have worked extensively on classical reception in Chaucer and Petrarch, and an article of mine that takes a comparative approach to formulae in Chaucer and Homer is forthcoming in Manuscript and Text Cultures.
 
I am Vice Chair of the Early Text Cultures research collective, which organises seminars, conferences and workshops to enable interdisciplinary dialogue among scholars of premodern literature. These events are open to all and they take place in a hybrid format—please email me if you would like to get involved.

Education

2021-present: Ph.D. Student, Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University
2019-2021: M.Phil in English Studies (Medieval), St Hilda's College, Oxford (Distinction), Jeremy Griffiths Studentship
2015-2019: B.A. in Classics and English, Corpus Christi College, Oxford (First Class, Passmore Edwards Prize)