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 Emily Bennett

Emily Bennett

Research student,

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Overview

Emily Bennett is a final year PhD Musicology student at Cardiff University, School of Music. Emily holds degrees in BMus Music from Cardiff University (1st Class Hons.), and MMus Music Performance (voice – soprano) from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Merit). She is also a Postgraduate Tutor at Cardiff University, and has recently obtained AFHEA status (Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy).

Research

Thesis

Diagnosing Lucia: the representation of female madness in nineteenth-century Italian opera

My doctoral thesis focuses on the representation of female madness in nineteenth-century Italian opera, principally within the four Italian operatic adaptations of Sir Walter Scott’s The Bride of Lammermoor (1819). Through my interdisciplinary research and analyses, I compare the operatic representation of madness with descriptions of madness in pertinent medical literature of the early modern period (1600-1890). My thesis principally aims to determine and demonstrate how opera became a vehicle for the dissemination of medical ideas on madness in the nineteenth century.