Helen Abbott

Helen Abbott is a Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham. She studied at the University of Cambridge and King’s College London, completing a PhD thesis on Baudelaire and Mallarmé. She specialises in nineteenth-century French poetry and music, exploring ways of writing about word-music relationships in poetic language, in critical theories, and using digital methodologies. She has published three books on Baudelaire, including the latest Baudelaire in Song 1880-1930 (Oxford University Press, 2017). Her particular focus is the work of (post-) romantic and symbolist poets including Gautier, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, and Mallarmé. A classically-trained soprano, she connects her intellectual and personal interests in order to lead an international team of researchers on the Baudelaire Song Project (2015-2019, AHRC-funded).


Related / Latest Publication:
Helen Abbott, Monograph: Baudelaire in Song 1880–1930 (Oxford University Press, 2017)
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