Virginia Woolf and Music

Virginia Woolf and Music

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These essays explore music and its relationship to language, aesthetics, and culture in the life and work of the preeminent Modernist writer Virginia Woolf (Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, A Room of One's Own, and other works). Approaching Woolf from musicology, literary criticism, and gender studies, the collection examines her musical background; music in her fiction and critical writings; and the importance of music in the Bloomsbury milieu and its role within the larger framework of Modernism. Making use of Woolf's diaries, letters, fiction, and the testimony of her contemporaries, these essays illuminate the rich and deeply musical nature of Woolf's works.show more

Product details

  • Book | 348 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 24mm | 519.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 9 music exx., 3 tables
  • 0253012554
  • 9780253012555
  • 885,419

Review quote

"This book explains why Virginia Woolf believed that 'a Beethoven quartet is the truth about this vast mass that we call the world' and how profoundly she was influenced by many other composers. Reading the essays collected here, we understand Woolf's conviction that 'we are the music; we are the thing itself.'" -Susan Gubar, author of Rooms of Our Own "Involving numerous disciplines from history and biography to cultural and inter-media studies... Virginia Woolf and Music requires readers to cope with the span of Western culture from ancient history to the latest neologisms." -Virginia Woolf Bulletin "Virginia Woolf and Music is a fascinating and important contribution to scholarship about Virginia Woolf, music, and interdisciplinary art." -Music Reference Services Quarterly "This well-researched collection has value for those interested in music as well as in literature... Recommended." -Choice "In a letter to Elizabeth Trevelyan... Virginia Woolf revealed: 'I always think of my books as music before I write them.' [This book is] providing a valuable counterpoint to studies that develop Woolf's interest in the visual arts at the expense of her engagements with music and performance." -Times Literary Supplement "Overall, Virginia Woolf and Music is a truly comprehensive, multi-perspective, and up-to-date survey of the undeniable role of music inWoolf 's life and writings." -Music and Lettersshow more

About Adriana L. Varga

Adriana Varga teaches English and Global and Historical Studies at Butler University, Indianapolis.show more

Table of contents

Preface / Mihaly Szegedy-MaszakList of AbbreviationsIntroduction / Adriana VargaPart I: Music and Bloomsbury Culture1. Bloomsbury and Music / Rosemary Lloyd2. Virginia Woolf and Musical Culture / Mihay Szegedy-MaszakPart II Ut Musica Poesis: Music and the Novel3. Music, Language, and Moments of Being: From The Voyage Out to Between the Acts / Adriana Varga4. The Birth of Rachel Vinrace from the Spirit of Music / Jim Stewart5. "The Worst of Music": Listening and Narrative in Night and Day and "The String Quartet" / Vanessa Manhire6. Flying Dutchmen, Wandering Jews: Romantic Opera, Anti-Semitism and Jewish Mourning in Mrs Dalloway / Emma Sutton7. The Efficacy of Performance: Musical Events in The Years / Elicia Clements8. Sounding the Past: The Music in Between the Acts / Trina ThompsonPart III Music, Art, Film and Virginia Woolf's Modernist Aesthetics8. Broken Music, Broken History: Sounds and Silence in Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts / Sanja Bahun9. "Shivering Fragments": Music, Art, and Dance In Virginia Woolf's Writing / Evelyn Haller10. Chiming the Hours: A Philip Glass Soundtrack / Roger Hillman and Deborah Crisp ContributorsIndexshow more