Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature

Proust, Music, and Meaning

Theories and Practices of Listening in the Recherche

Authors: Acquisto, Joseph

  • Draws together a range of disciplines, including Philosophy, Musicology, and Literary Studies to explore Proust's work
  • Provides a fresh new approach to Proust's much-studied novel
  • Offers a unique argument against received opinion that music is linked to absolute truth in Proust
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This book is about reading Proust’s novel via philosophical and musicological approaches to “modern” listening. It articulates how insights into the way we listen to and understand classical music inform the creation of literary meaning. It asks: are we to take at face value the ideas about art that the novel contains, or are those part of the fiction? Is there a difference between what the novel says and what it does, and how can music provide a key to answering that question? According to this study, Proust asks us to temporalize our interpretation by recognizing the distance between initial and final experiences of the novel, and by being open to the ways in which it challenges attempts at interpretive closure. Proust’s novel responds to the kind of attentive and eternally changing perspectives that can be generated from music and our attempts to make sense of it.

About the authors

Joseph Acquisto is Professor of French at the University of Vermont, USA. His books include French Symbolist Poetry and the Idea of Music (2006), Crusoes and Other Castaways in Modern French Literature (2012), The Fall out of Redemption (2015), and the edited volume Thinking Poetry (2013).

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Proust, Music, and Meaning
Book Subtitle
Theories and Practices of Listening in the Recherche
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-47641-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-47641-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-47640-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 215
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