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’L’invisible et l’inaudible’: aspects de la performativité chez Celan et Leibowitz
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2015 (French)In: Paul Celan, la poésie, la musique: avec une clé changeante / [ed] Antoine Bonnet, Frédéric Marteau, Paris: Editions Hermann, 2015, 377-391 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 po- ems 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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Paris: Editions Hermann, 2015. 377-391 p.
Keyword [en]
Paul Celan, René Leibowitz
National Category
General Literature Studies Musicology
Research subject
Literature; Musicology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125065ISBN: 9782705690410OAI: diva2:891616
Available from: 2016-01-07 Created: 2016-01-07 Last updated: 2016-01-13Bibliographically approved

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