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Borrowed Forms: The Music and Ethics of Transnational Fiction

Kathryn Lachman


Borrowed Forms examines the use of music by contemporary novelists and critics from across the francophone, anglophone, and hispanophone worlds. Through readings of Nancy Huston, Maryse Condé, J. M. Coetzee, Assia Djebar, Julio Cortázar, and other late twentieth-century novelists, the book shows how writers deploy musical strategies to expand the possibilities of the novel in response to the demands of transnational citizenship. The book transcends disciplinary boundaries to reveal the entanglement of musical and narrative forms in ethical, historical, and political questions. Critics from Mik ... More

Keywords: music, polyphony, counterpoint, transnational, literature, francophone, Maryse Condé, Assia Djebar, Nancy Huston, J. M. Coetzee

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781781380307
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380307.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn Lachman, author
University of Massachusetts Amherst