Narrative Interludes

Narrative Interludes

Musical Tableaux in Eighteenth-century French Texts

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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 Cuillé?s Narrative Interludes chronicles the emergence of the musical tableau in French literature.

Spanning the latter half of the eighteenth century, Cuillé brings the cultural discourse on music and musicians to bear on the works of Diderot, Cazotte, Beaumarchais, Charrière, Cottin, Krüdener, and Staël. 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, Cuillé 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.


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 Cuillé?s Narrative Interludes chronicles the emergence of the musical tableau in French literature.

Spanning the latter half of the eighteenth century, Cuillé brings the cultural discourse on music and musicians to bear on the works of Diderot, Cazotte, Beaumarchais, Charrière, Cottin, Krüdener, and Staël. 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, Cuillé 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.


Juxtaposing pre-eminent and popular writers, Cuillé reads their fictional works in light of their treatises on art and society, exploring the significance of musical tableaux that have revolutionized the form and function of music in the text.



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Cuillé (Romance languages and literatures, Washington U. in St. Louis) considers the impact of eighteenth-century musical discourse in France on literary texts. She covers the aesthetic debates from 1750 to 1810, specifically those between proponents of French and Italian opera, and how these debates affected eighteenth-century French fiction. She considers works by Diderot, Cazotte, Beaumarchais, Charrière, Cottin, Krüdener, and Staël in light of their treatises on art and society. Their oppositions to Rousseau's writings are explored during the Querelle des Bouffons debate, as are how Rousseau and his contemporaries addressed the morality of women's musical pursuits and responses of his readers to his writings on women. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2005
ISBN: 9781442677524
144267752X
9781282023598
1282023594
0802038425
9780802038425
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxiv, 284 pages)

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