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Modernism and MagicExperiments with Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult$
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Leigh Wilson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627691

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627691.001.0001

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A ‘Subtle Metamorphosis’: Sound, Mimesis and Transformation

A ‘Subtle Metamorphosis’: Sound, Mimesis and Transformation

(p.75) 3 A ‘Subtle Metamorphosis’: Sound, Mimesis and Transformation
Modernism and Magic

Leigh Wilson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter continues and extends the argument of chapter 2 by considering the role of sound in modernist innovation. Beginning with the problem of sound in experimental work through Pound's writing on it, it then considers the place of sound in theosophy, and in particular sound's fundamental links with magical transformation per se. The chapter considers two very different engagements with the transformative powers of sound, first in The Magic Mountain and secondly in Finnegans Wake, to show how intimately the magic of sound is linked with experiment per se in each work.

Keywords:   Sound, Ezra Pound, Theosophy, Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain, James Joyce, Finnegans Wake

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