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'The Invisible' / 'The Inaudible': Aspects of Performativity in Celan and Leibowitz
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas, History of Literature.
2012 (English)In: Word and Music Studies: Essays on Performativity and on Surveying the Field / [ed] Walter Bernhart, Amsterdam: Rodopi , 2012, 121-142 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

As a written poem is read aloud or performed in a musical setting, how might the transition from a visible to an audible materiality alter its meaning and its way of generating meaning? What impact does this change have on the relation between semantics and sound structure? How might the particular vocalization of the speaking or singing individual affect the interpretations of the text? The present paper approaches such questions through two late poems by Paul Celan. The poems are followed from their written existence on the page through a recorded reading by the author and, finally, into a musical setting by René Leibowitz. Not only do these texts explicitly thematize their own suspension between writtenness and orality, but they also enact the sensory disappearance and threatening collapse of their own language. Spoken and sung, moreover, the poems are subjected to the risks of misrepresentation and misinterpretation inherent in any performance, with concrete and crucial effects on their meaning as a result. 

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Amsterdam: Rodopi , 2012. 121-142 p.
, Word and Music Studies, ISSN 1566-0958 ; 12
Keyword [en]
intermediality, performance, performativity, Celan, Leibowitz, poetry, music
National Category
General Literature Studies Musicology
Research subject
Literature; Musicology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-64089OAI: diva2:454991
Available from: 2011-11-08 Created: 2011-11-08 Last updated: 2012-06-29Bibliographically approved

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