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Beyond Lacoue-Labarthe’s Alma Mater : mus(e)ic, myth and modernity

Hickmott, Sarah

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Addressing the role of music in Lacoue-Labarthe’s thinking, this article identifies a tension between his commitment to a nostalgic narrative that insists on the maternal/uterine origins of music’s emotional essence and his critique of the way that music, in its distinctly modern construction, is figured in relation to a nostalgic attempt to recoup the emotive power attributed to the mythological ancient model it assumes as its (illusory/absent) origin. Though this article highlights a problematic repetition of the mythologizing of music’s maternal origins, by drawing on Lacoue-Labarthe’s own critical understanding of musical modernity it also poses the possibility of moving beyond characterizing music and the maternal-feminine as timeless givens that precede our categories of analysis.


Hickmott, S. (2017). Beyond Lacoue-Labarthe’s Alma Mater : mus(e)ic, myth and modernity. Esprit Créateur, 57(4), 174-188.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jan 19, 2018
Publication Date 2017
Deposit Date Mar 15, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 7, 2021
Journal Esprit Créateur
Print ISSN 0014-0767
Electronic ISSN 1931-0234
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 57
Issue 4
Pages 174-188


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