Cover for FILLION: Difficult Rhythm: Music and the Word in E. M. Forster. Click for larger image

Difficult Rhythm

Music and the Word in E. M. Forster

Recording the important role of music in the life and work of British author E. M. Forster

Difficult Rhythm examines E. M. Forster's irrepressible interest in music, providing plentiful examples of how the eminent British author's fiction resonates with music. Musicologist Michelle Fillion analyzes his critical writings and novels, including A Room with a View, which alludes to Beethoven, Wagner, and Schumann, and Howards End, which explicitly alerts readers to how fiction can adopt musical forms and ideas. This volume also includes, for the first time in print, Forster's notes on Beethoven's piano sonatas. Documenting his knowledge of music, his musical favorites and friends, and his attitudes toward various composers, performances, and competing musical theories, this engaging book traces the musical influences of luminaries such as Wagner, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Britten on Forster's life and work.

"Briskly written and highly readable."--Times Literary Supplement

"Astute and well informed. . . . Fillion's extremely fine study is surely one that scholars will draw on with admiration and pleasure."--Review of English Studies

"A very comprehensive and perceptive assessment of the role of music in E. M. Forster’s life and work."--Music and Letters

"A significant reassessment of one of the twentieth century's finest writers. By paying nuanced attention to the comprehensive role of music in Forster's novels and aesthetics, Fillion finds a new keynote to Forster's literary art. To read his novels without this perspective in play is to miss much."--Scott G. Burnham, author of Beethoven Hero

"Difficult Rhythm is a tasty read, indeed. Fillion impressively and gracefully shows how Forster's engagement and fascination with music in his works articulates his evolving social, political, and ideological concerns."--Todd Avery, author of Radio Modernism: Literature, Ethics, and the BBC, 1922–1938

Michelle Fillion is a professor of musicology at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and the editor of Early Viennese Chamber Music with Obbligato Keyboard.

To order online:
http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/76ych9df9780252035654.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
Becoming Beautiful

Ballroom Dance in the American Heartland

Joanna Bosse

Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics

Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance

Phil Jamison

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

A Biography

Michael Hicks

Fannie Bloomfield-Zeisler

The Life and Times of a Piano Virtuoso

Beth Abelson Macleod

Sounds of the New Deal

The Federal Music Project in the West

Peter Gough

The Study of Ethnomusicology

Thirty-Three Discussions

Bruno Nettl

The Social Worlds of Nineteenth-Century Chamber Music

Composers, Consumers, Communities

Marie Sumner Lott

Johanna Beyer

Amy C. Beal

Tales, Tunes, and Tassa Drums

Retention and Invention in Indo-Caribbean Music

Peter Manuel