Princeton University Library Catalog

Late style and its discontents : essays in art, literature, and music / edited by Gordon McMullan and Sam Smiles.

Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016.
First edition.
xiii, 270 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Summary note:
Late style' is a critical term routinely deployed to characterise the work of selected authors, composers, and creative artists as they enter their last phase of production-often, but not only, in old age. Taken at face value, this terminology merely points to a chronological division in the artist's oeuvre, 'late' being the antonym of 'early' or the third term in the triad 'early-middle-late'. However, almost from its inception, the idea of late style or late work has been freighted with aesthetic associations and expectations that promote it as a special episode in the artist's creative life. Late style is often characterised as the imaginative response made by exceptional talents to the imminence of their death. In their confrontation with death creative artists, critics claim, produce work that is by turns a determination to continue while strength remains, a summation of their life's work and a radical vision of the essence of their craft. And because this creative phenomenon is understood as primarily an existential response to a common fate, so late style is understood as something that transcends the particularities of place, time and medium.
"We ran two conferences entitled 'Rethinking Late Style: Art, Literature, Music, Film' the first at King's College London in November 2007, the second at the Australian National University, Canberra, in August 2008, under the auspices of the Humanities Research Centre (HRC) at Old Canberra House, events at which some the essays that appear in this collection were first aired."--Acknowledgements.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-258) and index.
Conference papers and proceedings.
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