Main Musical Stimulacra: Literary Narrative and the Urge to Listen

Musical Stimulacra: Literary Narrative and the Urge to Listen

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The title coinage of this book, stimulacra, refers to the fundamental capacity of literary narrative to stimulate our minds and senses by simulating things through words. Musical stimulacra are passages of fiction that readers are empowered to transpose into mental simulations of music. The book theorizes how fiction can generate musical experience, explains what constitutes that experience, and explores the musical dimensions of three American novels: William T. Vollmann’s Europe Central (2005), William H. Gass’s Middle C (2013), and Richard Powers’s Orfeo (2014). Musical Stimulacra approaches fiction’s music from a readerly perspective. Instead of looking at how novels forever fail to compensate for music’s physical, structural, and affective properties, the book concentrates on what literary narrative can do musically. Negotiating common grounds for cognitive audionarratology and intermediality studies, Musical Stimulacra builds its case on the assumption that, among other things, fiction urges us to listen―to musical words and worlds.


Request Code : ZLIBIO3109754
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Year:
2020
Edition:
1
Publisher:
Routledge
Language:
English
Pages:
188
ISBN 10:
0367858622
ISBN 13:
9780367858629
ISBN:
0367858622,9780367858629
Series:
Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature 130

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