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Palgrave Macmillan

Music and Identity in Twentieth-Century Literature from Our America

Noteworthy Protagonists

ISBN 9781137433329
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Literatures of the Americas

Intellectual discussions have fallen short of developing a truly hemispheric view of the Americas thus far. With eye towards filling this gap, Music and Identity in Twentieth-Century Literature from Our America, written by a professional musician turned literary scholar, offers a one-of-a-kind approach to exploring American homologies while taking account of national and regional differences. Based on an interdisciplinary Cultural Studies approach, this new methodology brings rigorous musicianship and critical literary theory to consider relationships between musical protagonists from Colombia, Cuba, and the United States in novels by Gabriel García Márquez, Alejo Carpentier, Zora Neale Hurston, and John Okada. In addition to providing useful ideas for inter-American studies, this book opens up new ways of reading texts related to Latin American, African American, and Asian American studies.


Marco Katz Montiel teaches literature at MacEwan University, Canada and the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile, and he composes music and plays trombone. Las piedras del cielo, his song cycle based on poetry by Pablo Neruda, was released by Centaur Records in 2013.

Preface: Tuning Up
Introduction: Overture
PART I: FIRST MOVEMENT: NUMBERS, MUSIC, AND THE REALITY OF GABRIEL GÁRCĺA MARQUEZ
1. Exposition: Literary and Musical Themes
2. Development: Dissonant Confrontations
PART II: INTERMEZZO: MUSICAL SEGMENTALIZING
PART III: SECOND MOVEMENT: MEANWHILE, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CARIBBEAN
3. Theme: Alejo Carpentier Sets the Stage
4. Variations: Hurston and Carpentier's Caribbean Counterpoint
PART IV: THIRD MOVEMENT: STRETCHING THE NORTHERN BOUNDARIES OF AMERICA
5. Scherzo: ID Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got that Swing
6. Rondo: John Okada Returns to America and Returns to America and Returns . . .
PART V: CODA: MORE POSSIBILITIES FOR DISCOVERING MUSIC IN AMERICAN LITERATURE
Conclusion: Exit Music: A Marvelous Future

Reviews

"Filling a gap in the scholarly discussion of music in American novels, Music and Identity in Twentieth Century Literature from Our America will be an important contribution for many years to come. Katz's extensive experience as a professional musician and composer makes for important insights, addressing music and culture with a depth of knowledge that is unique among literary scholars." - Barbara Curiel, Professor of English, Humboldt State University, USA
"This vibrant and always surprising portrait of the literary Americas is alive with the moods and sounds of a practicing musician - a trombonist of the demimonde who played with big name bands in New York salsa's golden age. Katz Montiel is an American original. With a scholar's craft, he gives us an impassioned study of the deep musical structure of classics of the New World novel." -Timothy Brennan, Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota, USA
"Music and Identity in Twentieth Century Literature from Our America provides a lucid and stimulating understanding of how music can be used as a lens through which to understand literature. By drawing on a broad range of interdisciplinary scholarship, Marco Katz Montiel reverses a flow of inquiry that has been characterized by the use of literary criticism to understand other art forms. In doing so, he offers a complementary perspective that further explores the interrelationship between narrative and expressive culture, also challenging geographic and canonical boundaries between North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean." - Javier F. León, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, USA
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