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Katie Brown
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Musical Modernism: Essays on Language and Music in Modernist Literature
     Abstracts are invited for a collection that focuses on the ways in
which modernist writers sought to emulate musical forms and styles in
their writing. From Joyce’s claim that writing a novel is like “composing
music,” to Pound’s belief that “poets who will not study music are
defective” through to Eliot’s statement that “a poet may gain much from
the study of music,” there is a sense in which modernist writing had to
be ‘musical.’ As writers moved away from established literary forms,
musical forms often served as the models for new forms in literature.
Consequently, there was an increased emphasis on the musicality or the
sound of the text and a strong involvement in locating the ‘space’ between
language and music. This collection seeks to evaluate the importance of
the emulation of music for modernist writers. It welcomes essays on the
influence of art music, especially with regard to the emulation of the
fugal form and the creation of polyphony through language. It also seeks
to evaluate the importance of the innovations of early twentieth-century
music on modernist literature, and address how the shift from tonal to
atonal musical forms may have influenced various writers. In addition,
this volume welcomes essays that evaluate the emulation of traditional
music, popular music of the time, and radio and film music. Please submit
abstracts of one page to Dr. Katie Brown at and Dr.
Katherine O’Callaghan at by 1 December,

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