Margaret L. Switten

Professor Emerita of French

Specialization
French and Occitan language and literature of the Middle Ages; music and poetry of the Middle Ages; French literature of the eighteenth century

Margaret Switten is an internationally recognized scholar specializing in the music and literature of the French Middle Ages, especially twelfth-century troubadours.

Switten's numerous publications include books, articles, and book chapters. She is author of Music and Poetry in the Middle Ages: A Guide to Research on French and Occitan Song, 1100–1400 (Taylor and Francis, 1995); a contributor to The Troubadours: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 1999); and coeditor of Songs of the Troubadours and Trouvères: An Anthology of Poems and Melodies with accompanying CD (Garland Publishing, 1998).

Her use of multimedia resources in her courses and professional activities has been widely hailed by scholars. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Switten and Robert Eisenstein, director of the Five College Early Music Program, created a multimedia CD-ROM, Teaching Medieval Lyric with Modern Technology, containing songs (poetry and music) with manuscript illustrations for use in secondary school and college classrooms. A previous project of which she was director, also supported by the NEH, The Medieval Lyric: Anthologies and CDs for Teaching, is used by teachers and scholars worldwide. For both programs, see link below.

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