This book constructs a new approach to the interdisciplinary study of music and poetry by examining a series of encounters between Mallarme and Debussy. It challenges the easy metaphorical impressionism that has dominated much of the scholarly literature to date. It seeks to express in a set of analytical terms both the coherence and the affront to coherence that are fundamental to our inter-art experience. In a fresh reading of the famous lecture La Musique et les Lettres, Elizabeth McCombie argues that Mallarme's poetic theory creates an architecture for the cohabitation of music and letters. She proposes his ornamental figures of arabesque and thyrsus as performative structural motifs through which the musico-poetic aesthetic is enacted in his text. Using this interpretation of Mallarme's vision, McCombie places works by both artists alongside one another as case studies. Each becomes a filter for the other to reveal an intermediary ground defined by the specific and precise analys
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