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Music in Contemporary British Fiction

Listening to the Novel

Authors: Smyth, G.

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Alongside readings of modern novels (including work by David Mitchell, Zadie Smith, Jackie Kay and Andrew O'Hagan), Gerry Smyth offers an extended theoretical analysis of the relationship between music and fiction, as well as a critical overview of the role played by music in the canon of British fiction since the eighteenth century.

About the authors

GERRY SMYTH is Reader in Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. He has published widely on the literature and music of Britain and Ireland. His previous books include The Novel and the Nation (1997), Space and the Cultural Imagination (2001) and Noisy Island: A Short History of Irish Popular Music (2005).

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'The uses of music within fiction are legion, and Gerry Smyth provides a fascinating overview of ways in which writers invoke the musical Examples... are drawn from the 18th century onwards and include some fascinating insights: Smyth's reading of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure as a Wagnerian novel - structured through leitmotifs - is particularly striking.'

- Andrew Blake, Times Higher Education


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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Music in Contemporary British Fiction
Book Subtitle
Listening to the Novel
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-57328-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 240
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