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Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert
Sexuality, Subjectivity, Song


Part of Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis

  • Date Published: September 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521542166

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  • This is the first book to examine Schubert's songs as active shaping forces in the culture of their era rather than as mere reflections of it. Responding to rising new forms of social organisation, Schubert discovered that songs could serve as a medium for shuffling and reshuffling the basic building blocks of identity and desire, especially sexual desire. His songs project a kaleidoscopic array of unexpected human types, all of whom are eligible for a sympathetic response, even the strangest and most disconcerting. Schubert sought to validate these subjective types without subordinating them to a central social or sexual norm. The book describes and contextualises this process and tracks it concretely in a wide variety of songs. Combining close attention to both music and poetry, the book addresses both specialists and non-specialists in a lively, accessible style unburdened by excessive jargon.

    • The book's view of Schubert is likely to prove controversial, especially on sexual topics
    • The concerns of the book are broadly human, not narrowly musicological, and its methods are interdisciplinary
    • It considers the social-cultural context of Schubert's songs in the light of underlying trends rather than as a compilation of facts
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521542166
    • length: 196 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 28 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Interpretive dramaturgy and social drama: Schubert's Erster Verlust
    2. Undisciplined song: scorings of the subject
    3. Mermaid fancies: Schubert's trout and the wish to be a woman
    4. The Ganymed complex: Schubert's songs and the homosexual imagination
    5. Masochism and domesticity in Die schöne Müllerin
    6. Revenants: masculine thresholds in Schubert, James, and Freud.

  • Author

    Lawrence Kramer, Fordham University, New York

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