Nicholas Smolenski

Nicholas is currently researching in London (2021–22), supported by the James B. Duke International Research Travel Fellowship and sponsored by the Centre of Early Modern Studies at the University of Exeter.

Nicholas Smolenski, a fifth-year candidate and early modernist, studies varying intersections of sound, acoustics, liturgy, and the senses in seventeenth-century English culture. His dissertation explores how sonic and acoustical concerns affected the rebuilding and reception of St Paul’s Cathedral in London (1666–97). Additional research involves the representation of sound and the senses in Royalist texts (1647–49), as well as the sounding of bodily fluids in seventeenth-century England. He holds master’s degrees in musicology from Duke University and The Hartt School, and a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Western Connecticut State University.

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