'Ecstatic Sound': Music and Individuality in the Work of by John Hughes

By John Hughes

This booklet reviews the methods Hardy writes approximately song, and argues that this concentration allows a detailed and sundry research of the affective dimensions of his poetry and fiction, and his recurrent preoccupations with time, group and love. all through his paintings Hardy affiliates song with moments of person expression and relatedness. For him, track provokes a reaction to lifestyles that's inseparable from what supplies existence price, in addition to being incompatible together with his more and more unsleeping imaginative and prescient of non-public and social predicament. the 1st chapters hint how this ironic disjunction is clear within the novels and the stories, whereas exploring intimately how they characterize and evoke the religious and emotional transports of musical adventure. In a corresponding manner, the 3rd and fourth chapters be aware of how, in the poetry, track works as a motor vehicle of suggestion and reminiscence, often fabulous the unsleeping self with intimations of different potentials of expression. within the 5th bankruptcy, the point of interest falls on Hardy's personal philosophical interpreting, and hence on his notebooks and letters, in an effort to revisit in an altered context the various concerns which were spread out via the book's emphasis on his literary representations of musical experience-issues of individuality, of subconscious and physically adventure, of literary language. ultimately, even supposing the e-book does contain a few biographical aspect approximately Thomas Hardy's lifelong ardour for taking part in and accumulating tune, it predominantly works via shut examining, whereas additionally drawing at issues on literary theoretical texts, the place those supply methods of articulating the extensive questions of literary conference and illustration that arise.

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