Songbirds on the Literary Stage: The Woman Singer and her Song in French and German Prose Fiction, from Goethe to Berlioz by Julia EffertzSongbirds on the Literary Stage: The Woman Singer and her Song in French and German Prose Fiction, from Goethe to Berlioz by Julia Effertz

Songbirds on the Literary Stage: The Woman Singer and her Song in French and German Prose Fiction…

byJulia Effertz

Paperback | September 17, 2015

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This interdisciplinary study, situated at the cross-section of music, literature and gender, examines the woman singer and her song as a literary motif in French and German prose fiction from the 1790s to the mid-nineteenth century. Through selected case studies, this diachronic history of motifs offers a fresh perspective on canonical singer archetypes, such as Goethe’s child singer Mignon and Madame de Staël’s ground-breaking artist Corinne. The volume also examines lesser known narratives by authors including Caroline Auguste Fischer, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Hector Berlioz and Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, some of which have not been considered critically in this regard before. This allows for a re-evaluation of the significance of the singer motif in musical narratives from the Romantic era to the July Monarchy. The sometimes polemic, often ambivalent, yet always nuanced and multi-layered reflection on the woman singer in literature bears testimony to the complexity of the nineteenth-century musical-literary discourse and its fluid negotiation of gender relations and female performance, fitting well with that ineffable, enigmatic essence of the woman singer herself who, as a literary motif and a cultural icon, continues to resonate and fascinate well beyond the nineteenth century.
Julia Effertz is a comparative literature scholar and an actress who specializes in women in the literature and culture of the nineteenth century from a comparatist perspective. Her work has appeared in the journals Cahiers Staëliens, Jahrbuch für internationale Germanistik and French Studies as well as in the collected volumes Staël’s...
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Title:Songbirds on the Literary Stage: The Woman Singer and her Song in French and German Prose Fiction…Format:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:September 17, 2015Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034307349

ISBN - 13:9783034307345

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Contents: Into the Sublime Unknown: Writing Female Song in the 1800s – Archetype or Cliché? Goethe and the Child Singer Mignon in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre – The Plight of the First Woman: Madame de Staël and the Female Performer in Corinne, ou l’Italie – Beyond the Canon: Singing Strategies in the Works of Caroline Auguste Fischer – Between Entgrenzung and Realism: The Romantic Twilight of E.T.A. Hoffmann and George Sand – Realistic Divas: The Singer in the Works of Balzac and Sophie Ulliac-Trémadeure – Finding a Female Narrative: Madame de Thélusson, Madame de Taunay and Marceline Desbordes-Valmore – Hoffmannesque Dénouements: The Nightmare of the Romantic Singer in Hector Berlioz’s Euphonia, ou la ville musicale.