Derrida, de Man, Barthes, and music as the soul of writing

Peter Dayan

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Abstract / Description of output

We cannot say what music is. Is this because music has no stable identity, or because its stable identity is not accessible to words? Music, for Derrida and Barthes, can be understood through an analogy with the soul. Its mode of existence is problematic (is it a material thing, or not?), but if we allow ourselves to think through how the concept has been used and why we continue to need it in our experience of love and in the face of death, we see what music might do for writing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEdinburgh Companion to Literature and Music
EditorsDelia da Sousa Correa
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780748693146, 9780748693139
ISBN (Print)9780748693122
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

Publication series

NameEdinburgh Companions to Literature and the Humanities
PublisherEdinburgh University Press

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Derrida
  • Barthes
  • soul
  • voice in music
  • soundpost


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