Musicality and American Fiction at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The University of Alabama Press
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...i began to think about literary constructions of mu si cality during my very f_irst semester of graduate school, in Richard Brodhead’s seminar on nineteenth- century ameri can literature and culture. as a serious violinist who had recently left the concert hall for the halls of academe, i had for some time been interested in theories of music’s relationship to society ...
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The unnamed narrator of James Weldon Johnson’s Autobiography of an Ex- Colored Man, recalling his f_irst encounter with ragtime in a Manhattan club, points to a certain incommensurability between words and music: “i stopped talking to listen. it was music of a kind i had never heard be-fore.”1 in the break opened up by these new sounds and by his silent at-...
1. Not Just Looking: Sister Carrie’s Musical Economy
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...in the voluminous criti cal discussion of dreiser’s f_irst novel, which has long remained central to the canon of ameri can realism and naturalism, a good deal of energy has gone into recognizing and analyzing its represen-tations of the visual culture of commodity capitalism. Focus on the nov-el’s “visual economy,” as Bill Brown calls it, took of_f after Rachel Bowl-...
2. Listening to Women Playing Chopin
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With mock insistence that “the piano is passing and with it the piano girl— there really was a piano girl,” James Huneker, one of New York’s foremost music critics at the turn of the twentieth century, registers American women’s musical migration from the parlor to the concert hall: ...
3. Opera’s “Impossible Country”: Figuring the American Diva
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...in their rude forcefulness and free dom from restrictive conventions they might be said to be representative of the ameri can people. They —Henry Krehbiel, in Joseph Horowitz, Classical Music in America Clara louise Kellogg, one of the nation’s f_irst home- grown opera stars, be-gins her Memoirs of an Ameri can Prima Donna (1nine.oldstyle13) with a new kind of ...
4. James Weldon Johnson’s Ex-Colored Musician
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...[Ragtime] is an evil music that has crept into the homes and hearts of our ameri can people regardless of race, and must be wiped out as as you walk up and down the streets of an ameri can city you feel in its jerk and rattle a personality dif_ferent from that of any european capital. This is ameri can.uni00A0.uni00A0.uni00A0. no european music can or possibly ...
5. Fictions of the American Music Critic
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Music is a living thing for me, as living as any vital organism. it lives when it enters the porches of my ears, and it is a living memory. To in its focus on music’s place in ameri can literature at the turn of the twen-tieth century, this book has been concerned, among other things, with the relationship between music and writing. To write about music, for the ...
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...across their many dif_ferences, the novels considered in this study share a fundamental ambivalence about the presence and power of new forms of ameri can mu si cal experience. For many of their principal characters, music occasions the liberation or “awakening” of authentic pockets of self-hood and enables listeners to experience freer versions of themselves than ...
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Page Count: 182
Illustrations: 0 illustrations
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Amer Lit Realism & Naturalism
Series Editor Byline: Gary Scharnhorst