The Demons of Leonard Cohen
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Allow the Bridge to arch again"
How are we to understand Leonard Cohen's plea? Who speaks to whom in this oeuvre spanning six decades? In search of an answer to this question this study considers the different guises or "demons" that the Canadian singer-songwriter adopts.
The countless roles assumed by Cohen's personas are not some innocent game, but strategies in response to the sometimes conflicting demands of a "life in art": they serve as masks that represent the performer's face and state of mind in a heightened yet detached way. In and around the artistic work they are embodied by different guises and demons: image (the poser), artistry (the writer and singer), alienation (the stranger and the confidant), religion (the worshipper, prophet, and priest), and power (the powerful and powerless). Ultimately, Cohen's artistic practice can be read as an attempt at forging interpersonal contact.
The wide international circulation of Cohen's work has resulted in a partial severing with the context of its creation. Much of it has filtered through the public image forged by the artist and his critics in concerts, interviews, and reflective texts. Less a biography than a reception study-supplemented with extensive archival research, unpublished documents, and interviews with colleagues and privileged witnesses-it sheds new light on the dynamic of a comprehensive body of work spanning a period of sixty years.
Published in English.
Detalles del producto
- Paperback | 208 páginas
- 152 x 229 x 18.8mm | 510g
- 25 Aug 2020
- University of Ottawa Press
- Ottawa, Canada
- 34 Illustrations, color
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Table of contents
Foreword by Prof. Brian Trehearne
Leonard Cohen, who are you?
On the self-representation in the music
On the relationship between maker, work, and audience
From local embeddedness and global exile to universal aspirations and back again
INTERMEZZO 1. "ANOTHER VOCABULARY"
A writer in search of his language (1):
Case study of an unpublished short story
INTERMEZZO 2. "DON'T FOLLOW THE STORY, FOLLOW THE EMOTION"
A writer in search of his language (2):
The international reception of Beautiful Losers
How the priest, prophet, and believer serve artistic expression
Artistic personas caught between vulnerability and authority
INTERMEZZO 3. "EVERYONE MUST FALL"
Freedom as consciousness: About longing and loss
"The only song I ever had"
A tout prendre [Take it all] - Leonard Cohen, Claude Jutra, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
About Francis Mus
University of Antwerp (Belgium). He wrote his doctoral thesis on the
internationalization of the Belgian avant-garde, and in 2015 published a Dutch
monograph on Leonard Cohen, which earned him the literary essay prize of East Flanders.
He has lectured extensively on Cohen's work, in cities such as Paris, Montreal,
and Tel Aviv, and has published several academic articles, including a chapter
in the award-winning collection Les revolutions
de Leonard Cohen (2016).