Dr Emma Sutton
Education and Experience
Emma Sutton was educated in Hong Kong and London. She studied English at the Universities of Exeter and Leeds, and then at Cambridge where she received a British Academy Scholarship to undertake her PhD on literature, opera and visual art in the 1890s. Emma taught at Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities before coming to St Andrews in 2003; she teaches a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, specialising in nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction.
Emma’s principal research interest is the relationship between literature and music in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, particularly the contentious relationship between music and politics. Her work has explored music’s role in representations of sexuality, gender, national identity, social class and anti-Semitism in the work of the British decadent artist Aubrey Beardsley (Aubrey Beardsley and British Wagnerism in the 1890s [Oxford UP, 2002]).
More recently, she has pursued these interests in the writing of Virginia Woolf, completing a monograph on the subject (Virginia Woolf and Classical Music: Politics, Aesthetics, Form [Edinburgh UP, 2013]), co-editing Woolf’s first novel for The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf and starting research on Leonard Woolf. In 2015 Emma founded, with the pianist Lana Bode, a concert series exploring the role of music in Woolf’s life, work and afterlives (see http://virginiawoolfmusic.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk). At present Emma is working on a study of Euro-Pacific musical encounters in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, exploring the exporting of European music to the Pacific via writers (such as Robert Louis Stevenson), explorers, traders, missionaries and colonial administrators. Emma broadcasts on literature and music for venues including the BBC Proms, Moscow TV and Radio National, Australia.
Emma has also worked on Vernon Lee, on Anglo-Italian relations in the nineteenth century, on Wagner and visual art, and on Aestheticism and would welcome applications from graduate students in any of these areas.