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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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Classicism of the Twenties?

Classicism of the Twenties?

(p.189) 7 Classicism of the Twenties?
Classicism of the Twenties

Theodore Ziolkowski

University of Chicago Press

This chapter summarizes the various conclusions suggested by the concrete examples analyzed in the preceding chapters. It suggests that the techniques employed there are essentially identical to what Leonard B. Meyer in Music, the Arts, and Ideas called paraphrase, borrowing, simulation, and modelling. But it goes on to argue that the classicists of the ’20s used those techniques not only to remind contemporary readers, listeners, and viewers of the themes, styles, and values of antiquity, but also, through such modern devices as distortion (Picasso), dissonance (Stravinsky), and heteroglossia (Eliot and Joyce), to alert us to the irrecoverable distance between past and present.

Keywords:   Leonard B. Meyer, paraphrase, borrowing, simulation, modelling, distortion, dissonance, heteroglossia

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