University of Surrey

Test tubes in the lab Research in the ATI Dance Research

Response: Music, image and the sublime (Susan James)

Armstrong, T (2008) Response: Music, image and the sublime (Susan James) In: Conference on Languages of Emotion, 2004 - ?, Univ Warwick, Coventry, ECUADOR.

[img] Text (licence)
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (33kB)


This paper locates James' suggestion that the personal feelings produced by the sublime might serve to reinforce a safe conservatism wherein the individual is freed from reflecting on the ideological implications of his or her own emotions in the field of musicology. Using Bourdieu, Kubrick's 2001: a Space Odyssey (1968) and Stephen Speilberg's E. T. (1982), Armstrong shows how film music guarantees the safety of the educated, bourgeois listener by rescuing him or her from the fear of atonal, dissonant music by ensuing melodic harmonies and slowed rhythms. It is music's linguistic silence, the paper shows, that renders its ideological aspect more powerful however, highlighting the social context of music's production, distribution and reception.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Music and Media
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Authors :
Armstrong, T
Date : 1 January 2008
DOI : 10.1080/09502360701842033
Contributors :
Uncontrolled Keywords : Arts & Humanities, Literature, sublime, musicology, Bourdieu, Kubrick, Speilberg, film music
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 15:51
Last Modified : 05 Mar 2019 15:37

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

Information about this web site

© The University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.
+44 (0)1483 300800