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Professor Bennett Zon - all publications

Authored book

  • Zon,Bennett (2017). Evolution and Victorian Musical Culture. Cambridge University Press.
  • Zon, BM. (2007). Representing Non-Western Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press.

Chapter in book

  • Zon, Bennett (2018). Spencer, Sympathy and the Oxford School of Music Criticism. In British Musical Criticism and Intellectual Thought, 1850-1950. Dibble, Jeremy & Horton, Julian Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: Boydell & Brewer.
  • Zon, Bennett (2017). Evolution. In The Edinburgh Critical History of Nineteenth-Century Christian Theology. Whistler, Daniel Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Zon, Bennett (2017). Music. In Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century Christian Thought. Rasmussen, Joel, Wolfe, Judith & Zachhuber, Johannes Corby: Oxford University Press. 459-470.
  • Zon,Bennett (2014). 'Carl Engel and the Non-Darwinian Revolution'. In Music of the Most Ancient Nations Commented Reprint. ekho. 1: xxv-xxxii.
  • Lightman, Bernard & Zon, Bennett (2014). 'Introduction'. In Evolution and Victorian Culture. Lightman, Bernard & Zon, Bennett Cambridge University Press. 1-16.
  • Zon, Bennett (2014). The ‘non-Darwinian’ revolution and the Great Chain of Musical Being. In Evolution and Victorian Culture. Lightman,Bernard & Zon,Bennett Cambridge University Press. 196-226.
  • Zon, Bennett (2013). The music of non-Western nations and the evolution of British ethnomusicology. In Cambridge History of World Music. Bohlman, Philip V. Cambridge University Press. 298-318.
  • Zon, Bennett (2012). 'Spiritual' Selection: Joseph Goddard and the Music Theology of Evolution. In Music and Theology in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Clarke, Martin V. Ashgate. 215-236.
  • Zon, Bennett (2012). Orientalism and the Natural Theology of Indian Music. In Mochizuki, Tetuso & Maeda, Shiho Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Sapporo. 13: 29-41.
  • Zon, Bennett (2012). Recapitulation and the musical education of Victorian children: The Child’s Pianoforte Book (1882) by H. Keatley Moore. In Music and Performance Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Essays in Honour of Nicholas Temperley. Zon, Bennett Ashgate. 299-321.
  • Zon, Bennett (2010). Du Grand Homme au survivant le plus apte. Renommée, recapitulation et survie: génie wagnérien et concepts victoriens. In Musique et évolution. Deliège, Irène Vitouch, Oliver & Ladinig, Olivia Wavre, Belgium: Mardaga. 335-353.
  • Zon, Bennett. (2010). Histories of British music and the Land Without Music: National Identity and the Idea of the Hero. In Essays on the History of English Music in Honour of John Caldwell Sources, Style, Performance, Historiography. Hornby, Emma Hornby. & Maw, David. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer. 311-324.
  • Zon, Bennett (2010). Victorian Anti-Semitism and the Origin of Gregorian Chant. In Renewal and Resistance: Catholic Church Music from the 1850s to Vatican II. Collins, Paul Oxford: Peter Lang. 99-119.
  • Zon, BM (2007). '"Violent passions" and "inhuman excess": Simplicity and the representation of non-Western music in nineteenth-century British travel literature'. In Music and Orientalism in the British Empire, 1780s–1940s Portrayal of the East. Clayton, M & Zon, BM Aldershot: Ashgate. 209-235.
  • Zon, Bennett. (2006). "From 'incomprehensibility' to 'meaning': Transcription and Representation of Non-Western Music in Nineteenth-Century British Musicology and Ethnomusicology". In Europe, Empire, and Spectacle in Ninteenth-Century British Music. Cowgill, Rachel. & Rushton, Julian. Aldershot: Ashgate. 185-199.
  • Zon BM (2006). From 'Very Acute and Plausible' to 'Curiously Misinterpreted': Sir William Jones's 'On the Musical Modes of the Hindus' (1792) and its Reception in Later Musical Treatises. In Romantic Representations of British India. Franklin, Michael London: Routledge. 197-219.
  • Zon BM (2002). Creation/Evolution: Metaphoric Syntheses in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Music Historiography in Britain. In Nineteenth-Century Music: Selected Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference. Samson J & Zon BM Aldershot: Ashgate. 314-331.
  • Zon, Bennett (Accepted). Liberalism and Victorian Musical Sympathy. In Liberalism and Victorian Musical Culture. Collins, Sarah Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Edited book

  • Lightman, Bernard & Zon, Bennett (2014). Evolution and Victorian Culture. Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture. Cambridge University Press.
  • Zon, Bennett (2012). Music and Performance Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Essays in Honour of Nicholas Temperley. Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Ashgate.
  • Clayton, M & Zon, BM (2007). Music and Orientalism in the British Empire, 1780s–1940s: Portrayal of the East. Ashgate.
  • Horton P & Zon BM (2006). Nineteenth-Century Music Studies 3. Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Aldershot: Aldershot.
  • Dibble J & Zon BM (2002). Nineteenth-Century Music Studies 2. Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Samson J & Zon BM (2002). Nineteenth-Century Music: Selected Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference. Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Aldershot: Ashgate.


  • Zon BM (2000). Music and Metaphor in Nineteenth-Century British Musicology. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Zon BM (1999). The English Plainchant Revival. Oxford University Press.

Journal Article

  • Zon, Bennett (2016). Anthropology, Theology, and the Simplicity of Benedict XVI's Chant. Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 19(1): 15-40.
  • Zon, Bennett (2014). Science, theology and the simplicity of chant: Victorian musicology at war. Journal of the History of Ideas 75(3): 439-469.
  • Zon, Bennett (2013). Nineteenth-Century Britain and Musical Representations of Asia. Comparative Studies on Regional Powers 13: 47-57.
  • Zon, Bennett (2011). Bedazzled by breakthrough: Music theology and the problem of composing music in words. Journal of the Royal Musical Association 136(2): 429-435.
  • Zon, Bennett (2010). The Evolution of C. Hubert H. Parry’s Evolution of the Art of Music. Victorian Review 35(1): 68-72.
  • Zon, B (2009). "Loathsome London": Ruskin, Morris, and Henry Davey's History of English Music (1895). Victorian Literature and Culture 37(2): 359-375.
  • Zon, Bennett (2009). C. Hubert H. Parry, The Evolution of the Art of Music (1893/96). Victorian Review 35(1): 68-72.
  • Zon, B. (2009). From Great Man to Fittest Survivor: Reputation, Recapitulation and Survival in Victorian Concepts of Wagner’s Genius. Musicae Scientiae 13(2 Supplement): 415-445.
  • Zon, BM (2006). ''More than the sum of the life of its several parts': Individual differences in the psychology and ethnomusicology of C. S. Myers’. Nineteenth-Century Contexts
  • Zon BM (2006). 'Disorienting Race: Humanizing the Musical Savage and the Rise of British Ethnomusicology'. Nineteenth-Century Music Review 3(1): 25-43.
  • Zon BM (2005). 'Mahler's Liszt and the Hermeneutics of Chant'. Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 46(3-4): 383-402.