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Moonlighting: Beethoven and Literary Modernism

Nathan Waddell


How and why did the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) matter to experimental writers in the early twentieth century? Previous answers to this question have tended to focus on structural analogies between musical works and literary texts, charting the many different ways in which poetry and prose resemble Beethoven’s compositions. This book takes a different approach. It focuses on how early twentieth-century writers—chief among them E. M. Forster, Aldous Huxley, Wyndham Lewis, Dorothy Richardson, Rebecca West, and Virginia Woolf—profited from the representational conventions a ... More

Keywords: Beethoven, modernism, convention, musico-literary, music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198816706
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198816706.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan Waddell, author
Senior Lecturer in Early Twentieth-Century and Modernist Literature, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham

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