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Sea-changes - Melville - Forster - Britten

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ISBN: 9783863950453 Year: DOI: 10.17875/gup2012-399 Language: English
Publisher: Universitätsverlag Göttingen
Subject: Languages and Literatures --- Linguistics --- Music
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E. M. Forster first encountered Billy Budd in 1926. Some twenty years later, he embarked on a collaboration with Benjamin Britten and Eric Crozier, adapting Melville’s novella for the opera stage. The libretto they produced poignantly reaffirms the Forsterian creed of salvation through personal relationships. This study presents an extensive exploration of Forster’s involvement in the interpretation, transformation and re-creation of Melville’s text. It situates the story of the Handsome Sailor in the wider context of Forster’s literary oeuvre, his life, and his life writings. In detailed readings, Billy Budd becomes a lens through which the themes, patterns and leitmotifs of Forsterian thought and creative imagination are brought into focus. A close re-examination of the libretto sketches serves to shed new light on the collaborative process in which Melville’s story was changed to fit an archetypal array of plot and character types that is central to Forster’s own storytelling.

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Storytelling --- Opera --- Melville --- Forster --- Britten --- Novella

The Colonizer Abroad

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Book Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory ISBN: 9780203494400 9780415970624 9780415803434 9781135877408 9781135877392 9781135877354 Year: DOI: 10.4324/9780203494400 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Looking at a diverse series of authors--Herman Melville, Richard Henry Dana, Jr., Mark Twain, Charles Warren Stoddard, and Jack London--"The Colonizer Abroad" claims that as the U.S. emerged as a colonial power in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the literature of the sea became a literature of imperialism. This book applies postcolonial theory to the travel writing of some of America's best-known authors, revealing the ways in which America's travel fiction and nonfiction have both reflected and shaped society.

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jack --- london --- charles --- warren --- stoddard --- richard --- henry --- dana --- herman --- melville

Kulturelle Einflussangst

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Book Series: Lettre ISBN: 9783839405352 Year: Pages: 232 DOI: 10.14361/9783839405352 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Neben verschiedenen Repräsentationen des Anderen Europas hat die koloniale Reiseliteratur auch das Fremdbild des enteuropäisierten Europäers hervorgebracht. Dieser Typus gibt Aufschluss über ein bisher noch kaum erfasstes Phänomen, das als kulturelle Einflussangst beschrieben werden kann. Insbesondere im 19. Jahrhundert lässt sich eine intensive Auseinandersetzung mit den möglichen Folgen von Akkulturation, 'Rassenmischung' und Klimaeinflüssen für weiße Reisende und Kolonisten in den Tropen beobachten. Literarische Texte inszenieren den kolonialen Raum als ein Feld interkultureller Begegnungen, das von einer klaren Grenze durchzogen ist - die zu überschreiten tabu bleibt.

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