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Rhythm: Form and Dispossession

Vincent Barletta

Abstract

What is rhythm? In most critical work, it seems to require no definition; it passes as self-evident, at least in terms of its generic features. When we turn to rhythm, we tend to examine different kinds or types (e.g., musical, poetic, biological), but not what rhythm itself might be. This book examines theories of rhythm in three different historical contexts: Presocratic and classical Greece; the European Renaissance; and the twentieth century. For the Greeks before Plato, rhythm (ruthmós) is akin to form, linked to the temporal but not dependent upon it—a kind of “giving order” that precede ... More

Keywords: enrhythment, ethics, poetics, Aeschylus, Emmanuel Levinas, Émile Benveniste, Luís Vaz de Camões, John Dewey, Chinua Achebe, Léopold Sédar Senghor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226685731
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226685908.001.0001

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Vincent Barletta, author
Stanford University

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