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Literature, Music and Cosmopolitanism


Literature, Music and Cosmopolitanism

Culture as Migration

von: Robert Fraser

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Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 10.01.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9783319684802
Sprache: englisch

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This book focuses on the twin arts of literature and music, supporting the notion that cosmopolitanism is the natural condition of all the arts, and that all culture - without exception - is migrant culture. It draws on examples ranging from the first to the twenty-first centuries AD, on locations as remote as Alexandria and Australia, on writers as different as Virgil and V.S.Naipaul, Arnold and Achebe, and on musicians as diverse as Bach and Bartok, Purcell and Steve Reich. Across thirteen chapters, the study explores the interpenetration of all forms of human expression, the fallacy of 'national' traditions and limiting conceptions of regional character. The result is an exploration of artistic and intellectual endeavour that is particularly welcome in the current political climate, encouraging us to view history in ways informed by our contemporary demographic and cultural concerns. Taken either as a series of interrelated case studies, or else as an evolving and sequential argument, this book is vital reading for scholars of music, literature, and cultural and social history.
1. Culture as Migration.2. Is There a Gibbon in The House? Migration, Postcoloniality and the Rise and Fall of Europe.3. Roma and Roaming: Borders, Nomads and Myth.4. Of Sirens, Science and Oyster Shells: Hypatia the Mathematician from Gibbon to Black Athena.5. Cultural Migration as Protestant Nostalgia (1): English Listeners in Italy.6. Cultural Migration as Protestant Nostalgia (2): Milton, Ruskin and Protestant Longing.7. Cultural Migration as Protestant Nostalgia (3): Purcell, the Popish Plot and the Politics of Latin.8. Migrant Consciences in the Age of Empire: Charles Kingsley, Governor Eyre and the Morant Bay Rising.9. Beyond the National Stereotype: Benedict Anderson and the Bengal Emergency of 1905-6.10. Migrating Stories: How Textbooks Fired a Canon.11. Towards a New World Order: Literacy, Democracy and Literature in India and Africa, 1930-65.- 12. World Music: Steve Reich Listening to Africa, Geörgy Ligeti listening to Reich.13. A Cultural Cosmopolis.
Robert Fraser is Professor Emeritus of English at the Open University, UK. He has previously taught and researched in Africa, Asia, the Gulf, and the UK, and held academic positions at Trinity College, Cambridge, Royal Holloway, London, and the University of Leeds. His books include studies of Proust and the English, and of the origins and influence of Sir James Frazer’s Golden Bough, biographies of twentieth-century poets, and comparative studies of international print history. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, of the Royal Asiatic Society and of the English Association.
This book focuses on the twin arts of literature and music, supporting the notion that cosmopolitanism is the natural condition of all the arts, and that all culture - without exception - is migrant culture. It draws on examples ranging from the first to the twenty-first centuries AD, on locations as remote as Alexandria and Australia, on writers as different as Virgil and V.S.Naipaul, Arnold and Achebe, and on musicians as diverse as Bach and Bartok, Purcell and Steve Reich. Across thirteen chapters, the study explores the interpenetration of all forms of human expression, the fallacy of 'national' traditions and limiting conceptions of regional character. The result is an exploration of artistic and intellectual endeavour that is particularly welcome in the current political climate, encouraging us to view history in ways informed by our contemporary demographic and cultural concerns. Taken either as a series of interrelated case studies, or else as an evolving and sequential argument, this book is vital reading for scholars of music, literature, and cultural and social history.
Has a truly interdisciplinary appeal, ranging across music and literary and cultural historyEngages with topical polemics on cosmopolitanism and interculturalityRanges across centuries, media and global contexts

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