Singing and Difference: The Case of Gautier and Berlioz Re-Examined

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Singing and Difference: The Case of Gautier and Berlioz Re-Examined. / Abbott, H.

In: French Studies, Vol. 71, No. 1, 13.01.2017, p. 31-47.

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abstract = "Th{\'e}ophile Gautier stands out as a curiously under-researched figure in the context of critical-theoretical approaches to word-music relations in nineteenth-century France. This article seeks to re-examine his importance in the light of his musical collaboration with Hector Berlioz by reworking the Derridean notion of {\textquoteleft}iterability{\textquoteright}, bringing it into contact with Gautier{\textquoteright}s and Berlioz{\textquoteright}s Nuits d{\textquoteright}{\'e}t{\'e} songs and offering a fresh approach to the concept of {\textquoteleft}writing and difference{\textquoteright} which insists on the importance of the performative in song instead of privileging writing. With analyses of Les Nuits d{\textquoteright}{\'e}t{\'e}, the figure of Mignon, the concept of the tombeau po{\'e}tique, and of song-like qualities in poetry, this article tests the hypothesis that singing (in) poetry fundamentally reshapes our understanding of how language functions beyond its inscription on the page, discussing the underlying {\textquoteleft}unperformability{\textquoteright} inherent to song.",
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