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Late Style and its Discontents: Essays in art, literature, and music

Gordon McMullan and Sam Smiles


This interdisciplinary collection of essays investigates the concept of ‘late style’ as a category for addressing art, literature, and music produced either in old age or in the proximity of death. The volume interrogates the assumptions that underpin the idea of ‘late style’ by way of a critical, comparative examination of the genealogy and philosophical and psychological underpinnings of the concept, and by analysing case studies of writers, artists, and composers to whom a ‘late period’ has been attributed. These include Austen, Beethoven, Darwin, Goethe, Hamburger, Lawrence, Monet, Mann, N ... More

Keywords: late style, art, literature, music, interdisciplinary, criticism, modernity, genius

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198704621
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704621.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gordon McMullan, editor
King's College, London

Sam Smiles, editor
University of Exeter

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Gordon McMullan and Sam Smiles

Part I Lateness, History, Modernity

Part II Lateness and The Life Course

3 Historicizing Late Style as a Discourse of Reception

Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon

4 Making Darwin Late

David Amigoni

Part III Constructing Lateness

7 Saving Schubert

Laura Tunbridge

Part IV The Time and Place of Lateness

9 Suffering Sea Changes

Olivia Murphy

11 ‘Anachronism’

Karen Leeder

Part V Adorno, Lateness, History


Ben Hutchinson