Associate Professor, Music History
Blake Stevens is Associate Professor of Music History at the College of Charleston. His research and teaching interests include the history of opera and music aesthetics, with a focus on the tragédie en musique from Jean-Baptiste Lully to Jean-Philippe Rameau. He received a Ph.D. in Music History from Stanford University, writing a dissertation on the tradition of the monologue in French tragedy and opera in the ancien régime ("Solitary Persuasions: The Concept of the Monologue in French Opera from Lully to Rameau," 2007). His doctoral research was recognized with a grant from the Georges Lurcy Trust for archival work in Paris and a year-long residency at the Stanford Humanities Center.
Professor Stevens has published in the Journal of Musicology, Cambridge Opera Journal, and Eighteenth-Century Music. He has given papers at national and international conferences, including the national meeting of the American Musicological Society, the congress of the International Musicological Society, and the annual conference of the Royal Musical Association.
EducationPhD in Musicology, Stanford University, 2007
- French Baroque Opera
- Music Aesthetics
- French Classical Tragedy and Dramaturgy
- HONS 130 - Honors Colloquium in Western Civilization
- MUSC 222 - Special Topics for Non-Majors
- HONS 381 - Interdisciplinary Special Topics in the Humanities
- MUSC 381 - Music History I
- MUSC 382 - Music History II
- MUSC 444 - Selected Topics in Music History
- “The Spectacular Imagination and the Rhetoric of Absence in Armide,” in Silence and Absence in Literature and Music, eds. Werner Wolf and Walter Bernhart (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016), 47-62.
- "The Production of Space in the Tragédie en Musique: 'Absence Effects' in Lully and Quinault's Atys," Music and Letters 96 (2015), 509-33.
- “Transpositions of Spectacle and Time: The Entr’acte in the Tragédie en musique,” Eighteenth-Century Music 11 (2014), 11-29.
- “Monologue Conflicts: The Terms of Operatic Criticism in Pierre Estève and Jean-Jacques Rousseau,” Journal of Musicology 29 (2012), 1-43.
- Review of Tili Boon Cuillé, Narrative Interludes: Musical Tableaux in Eighteenth-Century French Texts, in Cambridge Opera Journal 20 (2008), 237-40.