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How shall we find the concord of this discord?. Music, magic and ideology in A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Riquet, Johannes (2012). How shall we find the concord of this discord?. Music, magic and ideology in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Variations: Literaturzeitschrift der Universität Zürich, 31(20):77-92.

Abstract

Interpretations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream often focus on sight and visuality. Yet music is equally pervasive in this play. Drawing on Renaissance philosophy about music, this paper argues that the diegetic music and musical metaphors employed both mask ideology as aesthetics and expose the dissonances underlying the apparently harmonious comic resolution. An analysis of the play’s music thus enables an understanding of the link between Oberon’s magic and Theseus’ patriarchal law; it is through the slipperiness and excess of music that the violence underlying the latter is disguised and revealed.

Abstract

Interpretations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream often focus on sight and visuality. Yet music is equally pervasive in this play. Drawing on Renaissance philosophy about music, this paper argues that the diegetic music and musical metaphors employed both mask ideology as aesthetics and expose the dissonances underlying the apparently harmonious comic resolution. An analysis of the play’s music thus enables an understanding of the link between Oberon’s magic and Theseus’ patriarchal law; it is through the slipperiness and excess of music that the violence underlying the latter is disguised and revealed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:31 Jan 2013 08:22
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 18:31
Publisher:Peter Lang
ISSN:1424-7631
Related URLs:http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=72534

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