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Pynchon's Sound of Music

Christian Hänggi - Pynchon\'s Sound of Music
This monographic study catalogs, explores, and interprets the manifold manifestations of music in Thomas Pynchon's novels.
Pynchon's Sound of Music is dedicated to cataloging, exploring, and interpreting the manifold manifestations of music in Thomas Pynchon's work. An original mix of close and distant readings, this monograph employs a variety of disciplines—from literary studies and musicology to philosophy, media theory, and history—to explain Pynchon through music and music through Pynchon.
Encyclopedic and eclectic—though never exhaustive—in its approach, Pynchon's Sound of Music discusses the author's use of instruments such as the kazoo, the harmonica, or the saxophone and embarks on close readings of the most salient and musicologically tantalizing passages. Zooming out to a bird's eye view, all his historical musical references and allusions are put into perspective to trace the trends and tendencies in the development of the oeuvre's interest in music.
A treasure trove for fans and an invaluable source for future scholarship, this book includes the Pynchon Playlist, a 900+ item catalog of all musical references, and an exhaustive index of more than 700 appearances of musical instruments.
Christian Hänggi studied Communication Sciences at the universities of Lugano and Toronto. He received a PhD in Media and Communication from the European Graduate School and a PhD in Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Basel, Switzerland. He is the author of Hospitality in the Age of Media Representation (Atropos Press, 2009) and has published on a variety of topics such as outdoor advertising, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and South Park. As an amateur musician, he plays the saxophone in several bands and orchestras and is the producer of an album with interpretations of songs by Thomas Pynchon.
published in June 2020
English edition
13,5 x 21 cm (softcover)
320 pages (ill.)
ISBN : 978-3-0358-0232-0
EAN : 9783035802320
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