Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A couple quotes for the day

Here are the epigraphs for the paper I'm writing to deliver at the ACLA in a couple days, which is in part about how Claude Lévi-Strauss's way of thinking about music is related to what he learned from Roman Jakobson's structural linguistics...

Music is language without meaning [La musique, c’est le langage moins le sens]; consequently, it’s easy to understand that the listener, who is already a speaking subject, feels irresistibly drawn to fill in this absent meaning, like an amputee who attributes to his or her missing limb those sensations that he or she is experiencing which have their locus in the stump.
—Lévi-Strauss, L’homme nu.

What happens when we learn to feel the ending of a church mode as an ending?
—Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, number 535

Thursday, March 19, 2009

American Comparative Literature Association Convention at Harvard

I'm participating in a seminar at the ACLA meeting next week at Harvard:


Melopoiesis: New Soundings in Music and Poetry
Seminar Organizer: Yopie Prins, U of Michigan


This seminar will explore the relationship between music and poetry, from various theoretical and historical
perspectives, and attuned to forms of dissonance as well as resonance. Papers are invited on musical settings of poems and poetic meditations on music; poets who make music and musicians who make poetry; the poetics of music and the music of poetry; words on music and music on words; the melody of poetry and the poetry of melody; further meditations on the reversibility of these relations, and their irreversibility.

Friday, March 27, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

James H. Donelan, UC Santa Barbara
“The Sound Itself: Kantian Consequences for Romantic Poetics and Musical Aesthetics”
Michael Lucey, UC Berkeley
“Structural Sonology: Lévi-Strauss, Jakobson, Words, and Melody”
John A. Golden, Harvard U
“Hopkins: The Motions of Music”
Harris Feinsod, Stanford U
“Sound Poetry as Genre”

Saturday, March 28, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Jeffrey Arthur Lloyd, U of Michigan
“E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Beethoven Review as Periodical Literature: Musical Autonomy and Linguistic Automation within a New Public Sphere”
John T. Hamilton, NYU
“Aesthetics, Fantasy, and Composition in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Aurora”
Michael C. Cohen, Macalester College
“Civil War Songs: Poems and Airs in Circulation”
Phyllis Weliver, Saint Louis U
“‘the awakening of a great people’: Prometheus Unbound and the English Musical Renaissance”

Sunday, March 29, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cashman Kerr Prince, Wellesley College
“Prisoner of a New Generation? Salonen and Obermüller Set Sappho to Music”
Ben Lempert, UC Berkeley
“Charles Olson, Charlie Parker, and the Musicality of Form”
Ben Glaser, Cornell U
“For Rhyme and for Rapture: Hip hop and the Study of Prosody”
Robert George Kaufman, UC Berkeley
“Notre Musique? Darwish, Celan, Godard”