Literary Modernism and Musical Aesthetics: Pater, Pound, Joyce and Stein by Brad BucknellLiterary Modernism and Musical Aesthetics: Pater, Pound, Joyce and Stein by Brad Bucknell

Literary Modernism and Musical Aesthetics: Pater, Pound, Joyce and Stein

byBrad Bucknell

Paperback | August 26, 2010

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This book examines the theory and the practice of music, in relation to the writing of four major modernist figures: Walter Pater, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, and Gertrude Stein. Brad Bucknell examines modernist writers' relationship and engagement with music, from theories about music and musical-literary relations to the composition of music and libretti. Bucknell's study investigates how music, as a discrete artistic mode of expression, and a recurring theme in the work of these four writers, reveals the intricate and varied nature of the modernist project.
Title:Literary Modernism and Musical Aesthetics: Pater, Pound, Joyce and SteinFormat:PaperbackDimensions:302 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:August 26, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521155088

ISBN - 13:9780521155083

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Preliminaries: of music and modernism; 2. Walter Pater: music and the aesthetic resistance to history; 3. The musical aesthetic of Ezra Pound: its sorts and conditions from imagism and vorticism to the Cantos; 4. 'Sirens' and problem of literary and musical meaning; 5. Gertrude Stein and her saints; 6. Endings; Index.

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"Bucknell reveals music's crucial involvement in literary modernism's stuggles to define as well as justify its experimental projects and epistemological questions.... Bucknell's focused and highly nuanced project is, without question, an extremely important one--for both literary studies and cultural studies--as it not only establishes music's central and crucial place in literary modernism's conception of its own efforts and aims, but also gestures more generally toward its contradictory place in 20th-century experience." Woolf Studies Annual