Biography

Stephen Benson joined UEA in 2005. He has an MA and PhD from Queen Mary, University of London. Stephen works on modern and contemporary literature, with a particular interest in relations between literature and music, and between literature and the visual arts. His publications include Cycles of Influence: Fiction, Folktale, Theory (Wayne State UP, 2003) and Literary Music (Ashgate, 2006), and as co-editor, Writing the Field Recording: Sound, Word, Environment (EUP, 2018). He is also co-editor, with UEA colleague Clare Connors, of Creative Criticism: an Anthology and Guide (EUP, 2014), a volume devoted to forms of invention in contemporary critical practice. Most recently, and prompted by the anthology, he has been working on the theory and practice of description in contemporary literature.

Stephen has published essays on Beckett and sound, on contemporary opera, on narrative theory and on relations between contemporary fiction and the folktale. He is editor of the modern and contemporary section of the Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Music (EUP, forthcoming). Both Cycles of Influence and Contemporary Fiction and the Fairy Tale (an edited volume, published by Wayne State UP in 2008) were selected as Choice Outstanding Academic Titles in their respective years of publication.

All Publications

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Benson, S.

(2014)

The Soul Music of 'The Juniper Tree',

in The Cambridge Companion to Fairy Tales.

Cambridge University Press

pp. 166-185

ISBN 9781107031012, 9781107634879

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Benson, S. (ed.), Connors, C. (ed.)

(2014)

Creative Criticism: An Anthology and Guide,

Edinburgh University Press

ISBN 9780748674336

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Benson, S.

(2012)

Beckett's Audiobooks,

in The Yearbook of English Studies (YES)

42

pp. 223-237

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Benson, S.

(2011)

Contemporary Fiction and Narratorial Acoustics: Graham Swift's Tomorrow,

in Textual Practice

25

(3)

pp. 585-601

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Benson, S.

(2010)

Fairy-Tale Opera and the Crossed Desires of Words and Music,

in Contemporary Music Review

29

(2)

pp. 171-182

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Benson, S. (ed.), Teverson, A. (ed.)

(2010)

Preface to the Special Issue on the Fairy Tale after Angela Carter,

in Marvels and Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies

24

(1)

pp. 13-15

(Special issue)

(Published)


Benson, S. (ed.)

(2008)

Contemporary Fiction and the Fairy Tale,

Wayne State University Press

ISBN 9780814332542

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Benson, S.

(2008)

Introduction,

in Contemporary Fiction and the Fairy Tale.

Wayne State University Press

ISBN 9780814332542

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Benson, S.

(2008)

The Late Fairy Tales of Robert Coover,

in Contemporary Fiction and the Fairy Tale.

Wayne State University Press

pp. 120-43

ISBN 0814332544

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Benson, S.

(2006)

Literary Music: Writing Music in Contemporary Fiction,

Ashgate

ISBN 0754635538

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Benson, S.

(2005)

Beckett, Feldman, Joe and Bob: Speaking of Music in Words and Music,

in Word and Music Studies: Essays on Music and the Spoken Word and on Surveying the Field.

Rodopi

pp. 165-80

ISBN 9042018976

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Benson, S.

(2003)

For Want of a Better Term?:Polyphony and the Value of Music in Bakhtin and Kundera,

in Narrative

11 (3)

pp. 292-311

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Benson, S.

(2003)

Angela Carter and the Literary Märchen,

in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism Vol. 138.

Gale

pp. 43-222

ISBN 9780787670375

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Benson, S.

(2003)

David Malouf's Moments Musicaux,

in Journal of Commonwealth Literature

38 (1)

pp. 5-21

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Benson, S.

(2003)

Cycles of Influence: Fiction, Folktale Theory,

Wayne State University Press

ISBN 0814329497

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Benson, S.

(2003)

Literature and Music,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Benson, S.

(2002)

Modernism, Melocentrism and Literary History: The Case of The Waste Land,

in Word and Music Studies 3: Essays in Honour of Steven Paul Scher and on Cultural Identity and the Musical Stage.

Rodopi

pp. 85-100

ISBN 9042009934

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Benson, S.

(2001)

Kipling's singing voice: Setting the Jungle Books,

in Critical Survey

13 (3)

pp. 40-60

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Benson, S.

(2001)

"Something's missing": Towards a Listening Space for Fairytale Opera,

in New Comparison

31

pp. 112-129

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Benson, S.

(2000)

History's Bearer: The Afterlife of Bluebeard,

in Marvels and Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies

14

pp. 244-67

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Key Research Interests

Literature and music, literature and sound, literature and the visual arts, contemporary writing (both creative and critical), literature and the folktale.