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Listening Subjects: Music, Psychoanlysis Culture

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In Listening Subjects, David Schwarz uses psychoanalytic techniques to probe the visceral experiences of music listeners. Using classical, popular, and avant-garde music as texts, Schwarz addresses intriguing questions: why do bodies develop goose bumps when listening to music and why does music sound so good when heard andquot;all around?andquot; By concentrating on music as cultural artifact, Listening Subjects shows how the historical conditions under which music is created affect the listening experience.

Schwarz applies the ideas of post-Lacanian psychoanalytic theorists Slavoj Zizek, Julia Kristeva, and Kaja Silverman to an analysis of diverse works. In a discussion of John Adamsandrsquo;s opera Nixon in China, he presents music listening as a fantasy of being enclosed in a second skin of enveloping sound. He looks at the song cycles of Franz Schubert as an examination and expression of epistemological doubts at the advent of modernism, and traverses fantasy andquot;spaceandquot; in his exploration of the white noise at the end of the Beatlesandrsquo; andquot;I Want You (Sheandrsquo;s So Heavy).andquot; Schwarz also considers the psychosexual undercurrent in Peter Gabrielandrsquo;s andquot;Intruderandquot; and the textual and ideological structures of German Oi Musik. Concluding with a reading of two compositions by Diamanda Galandaacute;s, he reveals how some performances can simultaneously produce terror and awe, abjection and rage, pleasure and displeasure. This multilayered study transcends other interventions in the field of musicology, particularly in its groundbreaking application of literary theory to popular and classical music.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-206) and index.

About the Author

David Schwarz is Valentine Professor of Music at Amherst College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822319221
Author:
Schwarz, David
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Schwarz
Location:
Durham :
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Appreciation
Subject:
Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
Subject:
Movements - Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Appreciation
Subject:
Music-Music Appreciation
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 16
Publication Date:
19970631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 b&w photograph, 65 musical examples
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.19x6.00x.67 in. .93 lbs.

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