Anti-Cantos. A Collection of Stories on Listening and Desire.

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Anti-Cantos. A Collection of Stories on Listening and Desire.

Type: Research master thesis
Title: Anti-Cantos. A Collection of Stories on Listening and Desire.
Author: Nieuwenhuis, Jan
Issue Date: 2017-02-28
Keywords: Listening
Desire
Music
Philosophy
Voice
Abstract: In the thesis “Anti-Cantos. A Collection of Stories on Listening and Desire” the relation between listening (to music), desire and the construction of the listening subject is discussed. It consists of three parts: 1) a theoretical introduction in which the traditional Lacanian psychoanalytical idea of desire is revisited through a positive understanding of desire in listening to music, combined with a critique on Adorno’s idea of structural listening, thought from Jean-Luc Nancy’s ideas on resonance and listening; 2) an essay on the relation between listening and desire in literary sources. The Siren episode from Homer’s Odyssey as well as Italo Calvino’s story A King Listens are deconstructed through ideas of Peter Sloterdijk, Maurice Blanchot and Roland Barthes; 3) a trisected essay on three (Blixa Bargeld, Jaap Blonk, Samuel Beckett) musical voices as conveyers of desire in listening. Primary sources are combined with Artaudian ideas on sound and Barthes’ understanding of the Grain of the Voice and jouissance.
Supervisor: Cobussen, Marcel
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Arts and Culture (Research master)
ECTS Credits: 25
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/46113
 

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