Essays on Literature and Music (1967-2004)

Essays on Literature and Music (1967-2004)

Essays on Literature and Music (1967-2004)

Essays on Literature and Music (1967-2004)

Synopsis

"The present volume meets a frequently expressed demand as it is the first collection of all the relevant essays and articles which Steven Paul Scher has written on Literature and Music over a period of almost forty years in the field of Word and Music Studies. The range and depth of these studies have made him the 'mastermind' of Word and Music Studies who has defined the basic aims and objectives of the discipline. This volume is of interest to literary scholars and musicologists as well as comparatists and all those concerned about the rapidly expanding field of Intermedia Studies." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Two literary scholars may be credited for founding and nurturing contemporary Word and Music Studies: the late Calvin S. Brown and Steven Paul Scher. Volume no. 2 of the series Word and Music Studies (WMS) was dedicated to Brown (Musico-Poetics in Perspective, eds. Jean-Louis Cupers and Ulrich Weisstein, Rodopi 2000). The present volume, no. 5 of the series WMS, assembles Scher’s most important contributions to the field that have not appeared in monographs published under his name (it thus does not contain, for example, the introduction to Literatur und Musik nor the “Preface” to Music and Text: Critical Inquiries, edited by Scher in 1984 and 1992, respectively). For obvious reasons, Scher’s wide-ranging work in fields other than the musico-literary, like German Studies and Comparative Literature, is not included either. Also, the editors felt it necessary for a one-volume collection of essays to exclude writings that have, at least to a large extent, found entry in his later publications.

The order of the essays in the present volume is chronological rather than thematic. All texts have been reset with occasional emendations, and in some instances new notes by the author have been added. The bibliographical entries have, however, not been unified but follow the conventions of the original book or journal publications. The essays appear here in the original language they had been written, i. e. English or German. The sources of the essays and the acknowledgements of permissions to reprint are to be found at the end of the volume.

The editors would like to thank Margaret P. Robinson/Hanover, NH, as well as Ingrid Pfandl-Buchegger and Martin Löschnigg (both Graz) for painstaking and circumspect proof-reading, moreover Ingrid . . .

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