Public Research Seminar: Music, modernism and the limits of the rational
Public Research Seminar Series
Free, but tickets must be registered for.
These seminars will take place online. A link to join the seminar via Zoom will be sent in advance of the start of the session.
Dr Gemma Moss (Birmingham City University)
It is well known that modernist writers such as James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, and Ezra Pound used music to inform their literary experiments. In this talk, I’ll outline arguments on this topic from my forthcoming book. Appeals to music in literary modernism signal anxieties, not simply about language or forms of art, but about the limitations of post-Enlightenment rationality and the ways of living it makes possible. A methodology informed by continental philosophy can help us to unpack the significance of modernism’s musicality.
Gemma Moss is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University. Her first monograph Modernism, Music and the Politics of Aesthetics is forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press in May 2021, and she has also published on music in E. M. Forster, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, and Ford Madox Ford. She is editing Where Angels Fear to Tread for the Cambridge Editions of the Fiction of E. M. Forster, forthcoming in 2024.