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Western Lit Survival Kit : How to Read the Classics without Fear -- Paperback: Newman, Sandra: BOOKS KINOKUNIYA
书籍资料
Western Lit Survival Kit : How to Read the Classics without Fear -- Paperback
Western Lit Survival Kit : How to Read the Classics without Fear -- Paperback
作者: Newman, Sandra
出版社 : Penguin Books Ltd
出版日期 : 2012/04
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9780141044521

BookWeb售价 : MYR 59.17
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书籍简介

There they sit, the great tomes of classical literature, taunting you with their length and difficulty, as you ask: which books are the most important and why - and what's actually any good? Why does most writing about the classics have words like 'seminal' or 'oeuvre' in it? What does postmodernism mean? Can I get away with just reading the introduction? Now you can enjoy the classics without fear. This survival kit will guide you painlessly through the Western literary canon, century by century: from Ancient Greek drama to the modern novel, via Beowulf, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Romantic poetry, Tolstoy and Proust. There are entertaining plot summaries, unpretentious definitions of literary movements and fresh insights into authors' lives. With each work assigned ratings from 1 to 10 on Importance, Accessibility and Fun, you'll discover what's really worth bothering with and what you can safely discard without guilt. This book will make the things you've read clearer, inspire you to tackle the ones you've always meant to and make you sound far cleverer than you really are.The book's central question asks what the synthesis of opera and jazz during the conversion reveals about the stylistic and ideological norms of classical Hollywood cinema and the racial, ethnic, gendered, and socially stratified spaces of American musical production. Unlike much of the scholarship on film music, which gravitates toward feature film scores, Sounding American concentrates on the musical shorts of the late 1920s, showing how their representations of the stage, conservatory, ballroom, and nightclub reflected what opera and jazz meant for particular groups of Americans and demonstrating how the cinema helped to shape the racial, ethnic, and national identities attached to this music. Traditional histories of Hollywood film music have tended to concentrate on the unity of the score, a model that assumes a passive spectator. Sounding American claims that the classical Hollywood film is essentially an illustrated jazz-opera with a musical structure that encourages an active form of listening and viewing in order to make sense of what is ultimately a fragmentary text.

Contents
INTRODUCTION ; CHAPTER 1 ARCHIVING AMERICAMUSICAL REPRESENTATION ; CHAPTER 2 OPERA CUT SHORT: FROM THE CASTRATO TO THE FILM FRAGMENT ; CHAPTER 3 SELLING JAZZ SHORT: HOLLYWOOD AND THE FANTASY OF MUSICAL AGENCY ; CHAPTER 4 OPERA AND JAZZ IN THE SCORE: TOWARD A NEW SPECTATORSHIP ; CONCLUSION ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; FILMOGRAPHY ;