Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature

D.H. Lawrence, Music and Modernism

Authors: Reid, Susan

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  • Connects Lawrence studies with studies of literary modernism and the arts
  • Positions Lawrence among his modernist contemporaries who were influenced by music
  • Explores both Lawrence’s musical interests and music in his writing
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This first book-length study of D. H. Lawrence’s lifelong engagement with music surveys his extensive musical interests and how these permeate his writing, while also situating Lawrence within a growing body of work on music and modernism. A twin focus considers the music that shaped Lawrence’s novels and poetry, as well as contemporary developments in music that parallel his quest for new forms of expression. Comparisons are made with the music of Debussy, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Wagner, and British composers, including Bax, Holst and Vaughan Williams, and with the musical writings of Forster, Hardy, Hueffer (Ford), Nietzsche and Pound. Above all, by exploring Lawrence and music in historical context, this study aims to open up new areas for study and a place for Lawrence within the field of music and modernism.


About the authors

Susan Reid is the editor of the Journal of D. H. Lawrence Studies, co-editor of the Edinburgh Companion to D. H. Lawrence and the Arts (under contract, 2020) and Katherine Mansfield and Literary Modernism (2011), and author of numerous articles and book chapters on Lawrence and other modernist writers.


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“If music in Lawrence has previously seemed a marginal theme, Susan Reid shows it to be a major question both within the oeuvre and in relation to broader modernist culture. How has this topic been missed? Her over-arching yet close-grained argument will surely be the classic point of reference.” (Michael Bell, Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick, UK)

“This pathbreaking study will provide an invaluable research resource for music in D. H. Lawrence’s works and inter-arts Modernism for years to come. Reid’s monumental undertaking encompasses Lawrence’s profound engagements with acoustical, contemporary, classical, folk, and experimental musical forms in each phase of this virtuosic career, in poetry and the novel, culminating in exposition of Lawrence’s own compositions in music for his epic, last play, David.” (Holly A. Laird, Frances W. O’Hornett Chair of Literature, University of Tulsa, USA)

D.H. Lawrence, Music and Modernism returns its subject to the center of a series of debates currently energizing Twentieth Century Studies. Brilliantly researched and beautifully written, Dr. Reid’s study consolidates Lawrence’s reputation as a front-rank literary modernist – one who (alongside Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, Proust, Mann and many other writers) was drawn to music as a means to explore a series of aesthetic, personal and political issues.” (Gerry Smyth, Professor of Irish Cultural History, Liverpool John Moores University, UK)

In the crowded field of Lawrence studies, it is rare to encounter new critical perspectives as widely informed and as strikingly original as this impressive work of interdisciplinary scholarship by Susan Reid. Carefully contextualised, lucidly argued and thought-provoking throughout, Reid’s meticulous tracing of the intricate web of ligatures that link Lawrence, music and modernism uncovers a whole new dimension to Lawrence’s work and provides valuable soundings for future research of a related nature. (Paul Poplawski, Lawrence scholar and bibliographer, formerly of the University of Leicester, UK)

 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
D.H. Lawrence, Music and Modernism
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04999-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04999-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-04998-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 243
Number of Illustrations
13 b/w illustrations
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