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Title:James Joyce, Music, and Narrative
Author(s):Reilly, Seamus Joseph
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):James Hurt
Department / Program:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, English
Abstract:My dissertation reevaluates the function of music in James Joyce's major prose works. Previous scholarship from Matthew Hodgart and Mabel Worthington's landmark Songs in the Works of James Joyce (1959), to Zack Bowen's Musical Allusions in the Works of James Joyce (1974), and Ruth Bauerle's Picking up Airs (1993), have concentrated primarily on identifying the hundreds of allusions to popular and operatic songs in Joyce's fictions. My work leans heavily on this research and expands this approach in two ways. First, I see music in the texts as performing a narrative function. The character's reactions to music being played or sung represents a momentary pause in the narrative action similar to the concept of "stretch" outlined by Seymour Chatman. Second, I examine this scene in the context of the text in which it appears: who is performing? who is listening? where is the performance taking place? This dramatic reading of the musical scene in the fiction highlights the relationship between the musical text and the culture.
Issue Date:1997
Description:215 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9737232
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1997

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