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Chapter 2 - Reviving the Work-Concept

Music, Literature and Historic Buildings

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 August 2019

Paul Eggert
Affiliation:
Loyola University, Chicago
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Chapter 2 is a meditation on the general conditions of our intercourse with the past, especially as engaged by its material forms, whether in buildings, artworks, literary works or musical works. Distinctions between the forms are of course necessary but, it is argued, continuities remain: the mute testimony of the material object concerning the agents of its creation; the role of the viewer or reader in realising the work; the hand of the editor-conservator; and the role of time in its successive forms of existence.

Lydia Goehr’s history of the work-concept in music is pushed further and the dilemma of conservation, witnessed by the restored Teatro La Fenice (Phoenix Theatre) in Venice, is explored. The work-concept emerges as a regulative idea rather than a transcendent ideal form.

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Work and the Reader in Literary Studies
Scholarly Editing and Book History
, pp. 19 - 34
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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  • Reviving the Work-Concept
  • Paul Eggert, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Book: The Work and the Reader in Literary Studies
  • Online publication: 19 August 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108641012.003
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  • Reviving the Work-Concept
  • Paul Eggert, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Book: The Work and the Reader in Literary Studies
  • Online publication: 19 August 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108641012.003
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  • Reviving the Work-Concept
  • Paul Eggert, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Book: The Work and the Reader in Literary Studies
  • Online publication: 19 August 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108641012.003
Available formats
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