Genetic Criticism and the Creative Process: Essays from Music, Literature, and Theater

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William Kinderman, Joseph E. Jones
University Rochester Press, 2009 - Literary Collections - 229 pages
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Not only the final outcome but the process of creative endeavor has long attracted attention in various artistic disciplines, but only recently has the potential of such research been seriously explored. The most rigorous basis for the study of artistic creativity comes not from anecdotal or autobiographical reports, but from original handwritten sketches and drafts and preliminary studies, as well as from revised manuscripts and typescripts, corrected proof sheets, and similar primary sources. The term "genetic criticism" or "critique g n tique" relates not to the field of genetics, but to the genesis of works of art, as studied in a broad and inclusive context. The essays in this volume explore aspects of genetic criticism in an interdisciplinary context, emphasizing music, literature, and theater. A common thread pertains to the essential continuity between a work and its genesis. This volume brings together essays from leading scholars on subjects ranging from biblical scholarship to Samuel Beckett, and from Beethoven's Eroica Symphony to very recent musical compositions. Contributors: Nicolas Donin, Daniel Ferrer, Alan Gosman, R. B. Graves, Joseph E. Jones, William Kinderman, Jean-Louis Lebrave, Lewis Lockwood, Geert Lernout, Peter McCallum, Armine Kotin Mortimer, and James L. Zychowicz William Kinderman is Professor of Musicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Joseph E. Jones is visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 

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Contents

Texts Variants and Variations
17
Toward a FreudobathmologicoBakhtino
35
Variants in Barthess
51
Can Genetic Criticism Be Applied to the Performing Arts?
68
Beckett and Early Film Comedy
81
The Sketches for
95
Some Thoughts
108
Exploratory Transitional Passages
123
Der Rosenkavaliers
170
A Reconstruction
192
Afterword
217
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Professor in the School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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