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Une leçon de musique donnée aux mots : ruser avec les frontières dans l'œuvre de Michel Butor

Abstract : Music has much influenced the writing of Michel Butor whose works often translate musical structures into literary art. These can be the counterpoint (fugue, theme and variation), serial music or jazz. This way of working shows the metamorphosis of these musical structures in the texts, particularly complex when the writer has to translate the simultaneousness inherent in musical polyphony. This musical practise of writing upsets the conventional literary structures, thus associating with innovations which characterise the Nouveau Roman (frequent change of narrators, fragmentation of the narrative) and also proposing new constraints that lead the writing into novel forms: conference-concerts, mobile forms, radio works. This practise also modifies our reading habits, compelling the reader to be responsible for the construction of the work and our perception of time which is no longer linear but cyclical. Lastly, the influence of music enables to create what I have called cultural cosmoses, inventing connections between cultures usually isolated in time or space, in a gesture of hospitality and generosity which is characteristic of the works of Michel Butor. The writer sees this literary hospitality as an ethic, or politic model. The different literary genres practised by Michel Butor are studied through a few works which testify to the various modalities of the musical influence on the writing of Michel Butor: the novel, the mobile works, the dialogues with art works, the opera Your Faust and the narrations of dreams are related to the musical trends familiar to the the writer.
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Marion Coste. Une leçon de musique donnée aux mots : ruser avec les frontières dans l'œuvre de Michel Butor. Littératures. Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, 2015. Français. ⟨NNT : 2015USPCA109⟩. ⟨tel-01488446⟩



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