Chopin’s Thirst: Literary Reception and Bodily Expressiveness
- Lawrence Kramer (see profile)
- Music, Human body--Political aspects, Orality
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- The literary representation of Chopin in the period leading to and through early 20th-century modernism shows a contradiction between two expressive identities: a compound of refinement, delicacy, and sensitivity, the expression of a beautiful soul too good for this world, and a ravenous, violent force of desire that sooner or later takes the form of oral greed, that is, of thirst, sometimes direct, sometimes displaced. The thirst is also expressed as a figurative preoccupation with fluids, especially rhythmic fluids—blood and ocean waves. The outward surge of the fluids forms a mirror image of the wish to gulp or swallow; a small symbolic system emerges that balances immersion with absorption.
- The English language version of this article is unpublished as of May 22, 2021; all rights were reserved by the author (Lawrence Kramer).
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