Music writing literature, from Sand via Debussy to Derrida /
- Publication info:
- Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2006.
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- Music writing literature, from Sand via Debussy to Derrida / Peter Dayan.
- Main Author:
- Dayan, Peter.
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2006
"Why does poetry appeal to music? Can music be said to communicate, as language does? What, between music and poetry, is it possible to translate? These fundamental questions have remained obstinately difficult, despite the recent burgeoning of word and music studies. Peter Dayan contends that the reasons for this difficulty were worked out with extraordinary rigour and consistency in a French literary tradition, echoed by composers such as Berlioz and Debussy, which stretches from Sand to Derrida. Their writing shows how it is both necessary and futile to look for music in poetry, or for poetry in music: necessary, because each art defines itself by reference to what it is not, and cannot be, in order to point to an idealized totality outside itself; futile, because the musicality of poetry, like the poetic meaning of music, must remain as elusive as that idealized totality; its distance is the very condition of the art."--BOOK JACKET.
- Physical Description:
xi, 141 p. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -138) and index.
0754651932 (alk. paper)9780754651932
Table of Contents
- 1. Translating the raindrop
- 2. sermon on the violin
- 3. Baudelaire's Wagner : the indescribable, the untranslatable, the inaudible
- 4. Keeping the voice of the nightingale alive in the age of mechanical reproduction
- 5. On the evidence of Mallarme's music
- 6. How music enables Proust to write Paradise lost
- 7. 'Song must write' : Roland Barthes's hallucinations
- 8. 'Sing me a song to make death tolerable' : music in mourning for Derrida.