Narrative interludes : musical tableaux in eighteenth-century French texts
- Tili Boon Cuillé.
- Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2005.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (xxiv, 284 pages).
- University of Toronto romance series.
- Cuillé, Tili Boon.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: Tableau Theory PART ONE: MUSIC AND LANGUAGE: LA QUERELLE DES BOUFFONS * Diderot and Musical Mimesis * Cazotte and Reader Re-creation * Beaumarchais's Staged Songs PART TWO: MUSIC AND MORALITY: LA QUERELLE DES FEMMES * Charriere's Exercises in Equivocation * Cottin, Krudener, and Musical Mesmerism * Stael's Sweet Revenge Afterward Notes Works Cited Index.
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French authors in the eighteenth century traditionally used music to enhance literary love scenes. Jean-Jacques Rousseau considerably expanded contemporary notions of music's expressive power, yet distinguished between the capacity of different nations and sexes to wield it. Rousseau's controversial statements led his readers to interrogate the relationship between music, meaning, and morality. They depicted their resistance to his claims in musical tableaux, or musical performances staged for a beholder inscribed within the text. Tili Boon Cuille's Narrative Interludes chronicles the emergence of the musical tableau in French literature. Spanning the latter half of the eighteenth century, Cuille brings the cultural discourse on music and musicians to bear on the works of Diderot, Cazotte, Beaumarchais, Charriere, Cottin, Krudener, and Stael. She turns attention from the representation of music to its moral repercussions, from aesthetic innovation to social resistance, and from national to gender politics. Juxtaposing pre-eminent and popular writers, Cuille reads their fictional works in light of their treatises on art and society, exploring the significance of musical tableaux that have previously fallen outside the scope of literary analysis but that revolutionized the form and function of music in the text.
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- Art and literature > France > History > 18th century.
- Aesthetics, French > 18th century.
- French literature > 18th century > History and criticism.
- Opera > France > History and criticism.
- Musique dans la littérature.
- Art et littérature > France > Histoire > 19e siècle.
- Esthétique française > 18e siècle.
- Littérature française > 18e siècle > Histoire et critique.
- Opéra > France > Histoire et critique.
- DRAMA > Continental European.
- LITERARY CRITICISM > European > French.
- Aesthetics, French.
- Art and literature.
- French literature.
- Publication date
- University of Toronto romance series
- 9781442677524 (electronic bk.)
- 144267752X (electronic bk.)