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Jerrold Levinson (University of Maryland)

Vendredi 28 mars 2014 Exceptionnellement de 11h à 12h30

Institut Jean Nicod, Pavillon Jardin, Ecole Normale Supérieure, 29, rue d'Ulm 75005 Paris.

Jerrold Levinson (University of Maryland)
Visiteur à l'Institut Jean Nicod

Titre : "Ain’t That a Shame:  Shame in General and Shame in Music"
Abstract: This essay falls clearly into two parts. In the first part I offer general observations on the nature of shame, contrasting it with some neighboring emotions and underlining its positive and negative aspects, and illustrating my observations with some examples, including one from William Styron's novel Sophie's Choice.  In the second part of the paper I turn to the somewhat odd question of whether there are varieties of shame specific to music, and offer a simple taxonomy of such following the different roles involved in the musical situation, ending with a few possible examples of the musical expression of shame.