"Music More Abstract Than Metaphor": Locating a Poetics of Tone in Henry James and James Merrill

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Music More Abstract Than Metaphor explores a number of issues surrounding speakers, audiences, the ear and the music of a writer's speech. It also deals with the relation of a writer's voice to his written, and thus graphically delimited, performances. Specifically it seeks to locate tone, traditionally understood as mere style or manner of expression, inside a much broader category of linguistic and textual hermeneutics. Starting with a history of tone and a genealogy of its original relation to harmonic theory, Music More Abstract Than Metaphor locates tone as the fundament of any viable poetics. Later, taking its cue from post-Romantic music, the whole-tone scale and nineteenth-century theories of acoustics, this dissertation attempts to apply a more evolved definition of its subject to the centrality of dictation in the late manner of Henry James and, finally, the experimental works of American poet James Merrill.In his essay, a€œThe Art of Fiction, a€ Henry James instructs the aspiring novelist to be a€œone on whom nothing is lost, a€ and thirty ... most noteworthy examples are, in Jamesa#39;s opinion, Lambert Strether in The Ambassadors and Prince Amerigo in Theanbsp;...


Title:"Music More Abstract Than Metaphor": Locating a Poetics of Tone in Henry James and James Merrill
Author: Christopher Voigt
Publisher:ProQuest - 2006
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