This essay ponders the things scholars do, particularly when those things are purposively useless and obdurate. It identifies the “soft modernist” provenance of recent scholarly fixations with thingness via two descriptions of musical rocks named and mythologized in the early to mid-nineteenth century.
On Being Moved/Against Objectivity
James Q. Davies is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley. He is author of Romantic Anatomies of Performance (University of California Press, 2014). Articles and chapters appear in The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century (Oxford, 2011), Keyboard Perspectives (2010), Opera Quarterly (2012 and 2006), Royal Musical Association (2006), Cambridge Opera Journal (2005), and 19th-Century Music (2003).
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James Q. Davies; On Being Moved/Against Objectivity. Representations 1 November 2015; 132 (1): 79–87. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2015.132.1.79
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