Music Contingencies in Narrated Americas [update]; deadline Sept. 20

full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA April 2011 New Brunswick NJ
contact email: 
ezaramel@princeton.edu

The purpose of this session is to generate a forum for discussion and theoretical intervention among and within the musical and prosaic work of art. From Adorno to Nancy, the philosophical approach to music engendered a significant comparative debate with language, but can we still find a profitable assessment inside the sign-referent relation? Language follows a descriptive pattern in order to be expressive but, on the other hand, music creates a sort of impasse by articulating an emotional contour. In this sense, music and literature accompanied the euphoric condition that social and political changes developed in Latin America, especially during the first half of the 20th century.

If we talk about literature and music are we thinking also about the social and the political arena? This panel seeks papers on the intersection between music and narrative works considering how aesthetic experiences may have been used to supply other discourses with the their rhetorical resources, mechanisms or forms. The focus will be on Latin America but comparative submissions with the US are welcomed. Please, submit your 250-500-word abstract (Spanish, Portuguese or English) and a brief biographical statement to Enea Zaramella, ezaramel@princeton.edu.

cfp categories: 
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond