Modernism, Music and the Politics of Aesthetics

Moss, Gemma (2021) Modernism, Music and the Politics of Aesthetics. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9781474429900

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An interdisciplinary account of the political importance of music in modernist literature

A new methodology for analysing music in literature, informed by T. W. Adorno, that examines the politics of aesthetics
An intensely interdisciplinary book, with an extensive survey and analysis of music’s place in Ancient Greek philosophy, German Romanticism, French Symbolism, British Aestheticism, continental philosophy, as well as new musicology, sociology, and analytical philosophy
Conceptual re-framing of modernism as an investigation of the problems associated with post-Enlightenment rationality, logic and empiricism
Nuanced arguments about the politics of aesthetics and the real-world significance of literary and musical forms

Using an approach to music informed by T. W. Adorno, this book examines the real-world, political significance of seemingly abstracted things like musical and literary forms. Re-assessing music in James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Sylvia Townsend Warner, this book re-shapes temporal, aesthetic and political understandings of modernism, by arguing that music plays a crucial role in ongoing attempts to investigate language, rational thought and ideology using aesthetic forms.

Item Type: Book
1 May 2021Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ezra Pound, James Joyce, literary studies, modernism, poetry, Sylvia Townsend Warner
Subjects: CAH19 - language and area studies > CAH19-01 - English studies > CAH19-01-01 - English studies (non-specific)
CAH19 - language and area studies > CAH19-01 - English studies > CAH19-01-03 - literature in English
CAH19 - language and area studies > CAH19-01 - English studies > CAH19-01-04 - studies of specific authors
CAH20 - historical, philosophical and religious studies > CAH20-02 - philosophy and religious studies > CAH20-02-01 - philosophy
CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-02 - music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Media and English > School of English
Depositing User: Gemma Moss
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2021 16:22
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2021 16:22

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