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Andrew WalklingAndrew Walkling

Dean's Associate Professor of Early Modern Studies

Office: Fine Arts 226
Phone: 607-777-5251
Specialization: Early Modern Britain: court culture, politics of cultural production, including art and architecture, literature, music and theater.

Andrew Walkling is dean's assistant professor of early modern studies. He received his PhD in British history from Cornell University in 1997, and joined the Binghamton faculty in 2001, with a joint appointment to the departments of art history, English and theatre.

His research and teaching interests focus on early modern England, with an emphasis on the English court and courtly cultural production in the late seventeenth century, and are situated within and among several disciplines, including history, visual culture, literary studies, performance studies, and musicology. In particular, he is an expert on 17th-century English musical theatre and on the composer Henry Purcell.  =His work explores early modern cultural materials from an interdisciplinary perspective, seeking to rethink the configurations and interrelationships of conventionally separate genres —visual, dramatic, literary, musical — and to understand them as part of a wider "textuality" deployed in the construction and dissemination of 17th-century absolutism.

He is currently working on a monograph entitled Masque and Opera in Restoration England, and is co-editor of a revised edition of Matthew Locke's Cupid and Death (1653/1659), to be published in the "Musica Britannica" series. He is also active as a Baroque cellist and directs the Binghamton Baroque Ensemble.

Selected Publications

"The Masque of Actaeon and the Antimasque of Mercury: Dance, Dramatic Structure, and Tragic Exposition in Dido and Aeneas", Journal of the American Musicological Society 63.2 (Summer 2010), 191-242.

(with Susan Shifrin), "'Idylle en Musique': Performative Hybridity and the Duchess Mazarin as Visual, Textual, and Musical Icon", in Susan Shifrin, ed., "The Wandering Life I Led": Essays on Hortense Mancini, Duchess Mazarin and Early Modern Women's Border-Crossings (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009), 50-104.

"The Apotheosis of Absolutism and the Interrupted Masque: Theater, Music, and Monarchy in Restoration England", in Julia Marciari Alexander and Catharine MacLeod, eds., Politics, Transgression, and Representation at the Court of Charles II (Yale Center for British Art/Yale University Press, 2007), 193-231.

"Politics and Theatrical Culture in Restoration England", History Compass 5.5 (August 2007), 1500-20.

"'But strike a musique of like harts': Court Masques", in exhibition and catalogue, "Noyses, sounds, and sweet aires": Music in Early Modern England (Jessie Ann Owens, curator and editor; The Folger Shakespeare Library/University of Washington Press, 2006), 164-69.

"The Royal Paper Office", in website exhibition The Handwritten Worlds of Early Modern England (The Folger Shakespeare Library, 2005). 

"The Problem of 'Rondolesette Halle' in The Awntyrs off Arthure", Studies in Philology 100.2 (Spring 2003), 105-22.

"Masque and politics at the Restoration court: John Crowne's Calisto", Early Music 24.1 (February 1996), 27-62; reprinted in Tom Schoenberg, ed., Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800 104 (2004).

"Performance and Political Allegory in Restoration England: What to Interpret and When", in Michael Burden, ed., Performing the Music of Henry Purcell (Oxford University [Clarendon] Press, 1996), 163-79; reprinted in Beth L. Glixon, ed., Studies in Seventeenth-Century Opera (Ashgate, 2010).

"Political allegory in Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas'", Music and Letters 76.4 (November 1995), 540-71.

Reviews and Reference articles in Renaissance Quarterly, Music & Letters, Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Comparative Drama, and Fontes Artis Musicae

Recent Art History Courses Taught

Undergraduate Lecture Courses

Image and Space in Early Modern England
British Painting from Holbein to Hogarth
Early Modern London: Architecture, Sound, and Space

Graduate Seminars

British Architecture and Landscape, 1500-1750
Renaissance and Baroque Scene Design (team-taught)
The Masque in Seventeenth-Century England
The Early History of Printing and the Book
The Traffic in Images in Early Modern England

Last Updated: 8/16/18