This book includes a collection of interdisciplinary essays that provide a valuable introduction to the field of literature and music, mapping the contours of recent research and investigating the mutual aesthetic influence of the two arts and their common historical ground.
Introduction Part I: Theoretical Issues 1. Stances towards Music as a Language 2. Music before the Literary: Or, the Eventness of Musical Events 3. Music in the Philosophical Imagination: Deconstructing Friedrich Nietzsche's Human, All Too Human 4. The Force of Music in Derrida's Writing Part II: Generic Alliances 5. Music and Realism: Samuel Richardson, Italian Opera, and English Oratorio 6. Saving the Ordinary: Beethoven's 'Ghost' Trio and the Wheel of History 7. Musical Scores and Literary Form in Modernism: Ezra Pound's Pisan Cantos and Samuel Beckett's Watt Part III: The Gendered Text 8. Revoicing Rousseau: Staël’s Corinne and the Song of the South 9. The Dear Dead Past: The Piano in Victorian and Edwardian Poetry 10. Music and Kate Chopin's The Awakening 11. Narratives of Masculinity and Femininity: Two Schumann Song Cycles Part IV: Narrative Modes 12. The Concert as a Literary Genre: Berlioz’s Lélio 13. Literature as DEx00E9;jà vu? The Third Movement of Gustav Mahler's First Symphony 14. Fugue or Music Drama? Symmetry, Counterpoint, and Leitmotif in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov 15. Benjamin Britten and Wilfred Owen: An Intertextual Reading of the War Requiem