Shelleys Music Paul A. Vatalaro

ISBN: 9780754662334

Published: July 28th 2009

216 pages


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Shelleys Music  by  Paul A. Vatalaro

Shelleys Music by Paul A. Vatalaro
July 28th 2009 | | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 216 pages | ISBN: 9780754662334 | 7.16 Mb

Shelleys Music: Fantasy, Authority and the Object Voice regards music images and allusions to music in Shelleys writing as evidence that Shelley sought to infuse the masculine word with the music of feminine expression. Set within his configuration... MoreShelleys Music: Fantasy, Authority and the Object Voice regards music images and allusions to music in Shelleys writing as evidence that Shelley sought to infuse the masculine word with the music of feminine expression.

Set within his configuration of hetero-erotic relationships, this agenda reveals Shelleys desire to remain eternally present in his poetry. In the end, Shelley fails to achieve this goal, because he failed to overcome an even stronger desire to preserve male authority. Shelleys Music demonstrates that the main body of Shelleys writing consists of a fantasy aimed at unifying the word, traditionally associated with masculine power and authority, with voice and music, traditionally associated with the power and mystery of feminine expression. This particular fantasy extends an even more fundamental desire to integrate the object voice with ones own subjectivity.

Structured along the lines of sexual difference and providing the coordinates for Shelleys construction of heterosexual and hetero-erotic correspondence, this phantasmic movement reveals Shelleys desire to make his voice eternally present in the written word.

As Zizek reminds us, however, all fantasy inevitably exposes the very horror it means to conceal. For Shelley, what plagues the desire to merge word, voice and music is the prospect of losing both the poets authority and the subjectivity upon which it relies.

Recycling throughout his writing, Shelleys fantasy, then, generates deadlock and instability each time it finds renewed expression. Shelleys Music argues that this division paradoxically becomes Shelleys ultimate goal, because it maintains desire by creating a steady state of suspension that finally preserves for Shelley his authority and his humanity.



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