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Musical Vitalities: Ventures in a Biotic Aesthetics of Music

Holly Watkins


Musical Vitalities charts a new path for music studies by blending the study of musical works with perspectives drawn from the life sciences. In opposition to humanist approaches that insist on a separation between culture and nature—approaches that appear increasingly untenable in an era defined by human-generated climate change—Musical Vitalities treats music as one example of the cultural practices and biotic arts of the animal kingdom rather than as categorically distinct from nonhuman forms of sonic expression. The book challenges the human exceptionalism that has allowed musicologists to ... More

Keywords: organicism, formalism, nineteenth-century music, aesthetics, Robert Schumann, posthumanism, critical plant studies, biosemiotics, systems theory, nonhuman

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226594705
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226594842.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Holly Watkins, author
University of Rochester