Cortázar and Music

Nicholas Roberts

Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 25

Legenda

30 December 2019  •  280pp

ISBN: 978-1-781888-07-0 (hardback)  •  RRP £80, $110, €95

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Music pervades the work of the Argentine author Julio Cortázar (1914-1984). From the classical strains of a Mozart string quartet to Carlos Gardel’s iconic tango recordings and Charlie Parker’s insistent bebop improvisations, Cortázar’s texts return time and again to the different musical predilections and interests of their author. In this wide-ranging study, Nicholas Roberts examines not just the role played by music in numerous essays and fictions by Cortázar, but how diverse musical genres and styles are used and appropriated by the author as an axial and determining element of his thought and praxis. Accordingly, this study illuminates not only Cortázar’s engagement with music, but the broader ontological and linguistic concerns that lie at the heart of his work.

Nicholas Roberts is Associate Professor in Hispanic Studies at Durham University.

Reviews:

  • ‘Alongside literature and politics, music is an inescapable presence in the work of Julio Cortázar. In this thorough and wide-ranging study, Nicholas Roberts provides a detailed analysis of the myriad ways in which music appears in the novels, short stories, and critical work of the Argentine. In the process, he reveals that music was no mere leitmotiv, but rather provided the structural tools for key works.’ — Ben Bollig, Modern Language Review 116.4, October 2021, 671-72 (full text online)
  • ‘Es un libro que invita a sus lectores a reencontrarse con las obras de Cortázar, pero al mismo tiempo nos inspira a perseguir una serie de preguntas más generales sobre la presencia de la música en la literatura moderna.’ — Matt Johnson, Revista Iberoamericana 87.276, July-September 2021, 952-54

Contents:

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Acknowledgements
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xi-xii

Note On Translations
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1-25

Introduction
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26-55

Chapter 1 La Música Culta and/as Language
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56-102

Chapter 2 La Música Culta and/as Revolution
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103-148

Chapter 3 Tango: Nostalgia and Creativity
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149-181

Chapter 4 Jazz: the Theoretical Framework
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182-213

Chapter 5 From Jazz Theory To Jazz Practice
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214-238

Chapter 6 ‘More Than’ Jazz
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239-246

Conclusion
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247-259

Bibliography
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260-268

Index
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Bibliography entry:

Roberts, Nicholas, Cortázar and Music, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 25 (Legenda, 2019)

First footnote reference: 35 Nicholas Roberts, Cortázar and Music, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 25 (Legenda, 2019), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Roberts, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Roberts, Nicholas. 2019. Cortázar and Music, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 25 (Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Roberts 2019: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Roberts 2019: 21.

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