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Lawrence Kramer

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Distinguished Professor

BA, University of Pennsylvania; MPhil and PhD, Yale University

Research and Teaching Interests: Literary theory; psychoanalysis; literary-musical relations; critical musicology

About Lawrence Kramer

Professor Kramer is the author of The Hum of the World: A Philosophy of Listening (2019), and Song Acts: Writings on Words and Music (2017). The Thought of Music (2016), Walt Whitman: Drum-Taps, The Complete 1856 Edition (2015), Expression and Truth: On the Music of Knowledge (2012), Hart Crane's The Bridge: An Annotated Edition (2011), Interpreting Music (2010), Why Classical Music Still Matters (2007), Critical Musicology and the Responsibility of Response: Selected Essays (2006), Opera and Modern Culture: Wagner and Strauss (2004), Musical Meaning: Toward a Critical History (2001), Franz Schubert: Sexuality, Subjectivity, Song (1998), After the Lovedeath: Sexual Violence and the Making of Culture (1997), Classical Music and Postmodern Knowledge (1995), Music as Cultural Practice: 1800-1900 (1990), and Music and Poetry: The Nineteenth Century and After (1984). He is the editor of the journal 19th-Century Music and of four essay collections, On Voice (2014, with Walter Bernhart), Walt Whitman and Modern Music (2000), Beyond the Soundtrack: Representing Music in Cinema (2006, with Richard Leppert and Daniel Goldmark), and Musical Meaning and Human Values(2009, with Keith Chapin).  Professor Kramer is also a prizewinning composer and the director of Fordham’s Voices Up! concert series in collaboration with Poets Out Loud.  An interview with Professor Kramer on Walt Whitman: Drum Taps may be found here. His website is