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Classicism of the TwentiesArt, Music, and Literature$
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Theodore Ziolkowski

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226183985

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226184036.001.0001

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Three Exemplary Figures

Three Exemplary Figures

(p.71) 3 Three Exemplary Figures
Classicism of the Twenties

Theodore Ziolkowski

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines in detail key works of the ’20s by three exemplary figures--Stravinsky, Picasso, Eliot--to determine characteristics that may be called classical. All three refer explicitly to myths and forms of Greco-Roman antiquity--notably Homeric and Ovidian--and to the late Latin commedia dell’arte. Their works of these years share an emphasis on linearity--of language, of musical line, of drawing--and what may be called polytonality or heteroglossia. But their view of the past is distanced by such techniques as distortion, dissonance, and heteroglossia to produce the ironic awareness that the past is irretrievable.

Keywords:   Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso, T. S. Eliot, commedia dell’arte, myth, heteroglossia, dissonance, distortion

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