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The Resource Music, madness, and the unworking of language, John T. Hamilton

Music, madness, and the unworking of language, John T. Hamilton

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Music, madness, and the unworking of language
Title
Music, madness, and the unworking of language
Statement of responsibility
John T. Hamilton
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the romantic tradition, music is consistently associated with madness, either as cause or cure. Writers as diverse as Kleist, Hoffmann, and Nietzsche articulated this theme, which in fact reaches back to classical antiquity and continues to resonate in the modern imagination. What John Hamilton investigates in this study is the way literary, philosophical, and psychological treatments of music and madness challenge the limits of representation and thereby create a crisis of language. Special focus is given to the decidedly autobiographical impulse of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, where musical experience and mental disturbance disrupt the expression of referential thought, illuminating the irreducible aspects of the self before language can work them back into a discursive system. The study begins in the 1750s with Diderot's Neveu de Rameau, and situates that text in relation to Rousseau's reflections on the voice and the burgeoning discipline of musical aesthetics. Upon tracing the linkage of music and madness that courses through the work of Herder, Hegel, Wackenroder, and Kleist, Hamilton turns his attention to E.T.A. Hoffmann, whose writings of the first decades of the nineteenth century accumulate and qualify the preceding tradition. Throughout, Hamilton considers the particular representations that link music and madness, investigating the underlying motives, preconceptions, and ideological premises that facilitate the association of these two experiences. The gap between sensation and its verbal representation proved especially problematic for romantic writers concerned with the ineffability of selfhood. The author who chose to represent himself necessarily faced problems of language, which invariably compromised the uniqueness that the author wished to express. Music and madness, therefore, unworked the generalizing functions of language and marked a critical limit to linguistic capabilities. While the various conflicts among music, madness, and language questioned the viability of signification, they also raised the possibility of producing meaning beyond significance
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Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hamilton, John T
Dewey number
780.1
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
ML3800
LC item number
.H246 2008eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Columbia themes in philosophy, social criticism, and the arts
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  • Music
  • Music and language
  • Music
  • Hoffmann, E. T. A
  • Kleist, Heinrich von
  • Kleist, Heinrich von
  • Hoffmann, Ernst T. A
  • MUSIC
  • MUSIC
  • MUSIC
  • Music and language
  • Music
  • Music
  • Literatur
  • Musik
  • Musikphilosophie
  • Musikpsychologie
  • Musikästhetik
Label
Music, madness, and the unworking of language, John T. Hamilton
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-244) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Hearing voices -- Unequal song -- Resounding sense -- The most violent of the arts -- With arts unknown before: Kleist and the power of music -- Before and after language: Hoffmann
Control code
715160039
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 252 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231512541
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.7312/hami14220
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/cttgr791
Publisher number
EB00662467
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)715160039
Label
Music, madness, and the unworking of language, John T. Hamilton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-244) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Hearing voices -- Unequal song -- Resounding sense -- The most violent of the arts -- With arts unknown before: Kleist and the power of music -- Before and after language: Hoffmann
Control code
715160039
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 252 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231512541
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.7312/hami14220
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/cttgr791
Publisher number
EB00662467
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)715160039

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