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Music and ConsciousnessPhilosophical, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives$
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David Clarke and Eric Clarke

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553792

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553792.001.0001

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Listening, consciousness, and the charm of the universal:

Listening, consciousness, and the charm of the universal:

what it feels like for a Lacanian

(p.65) Chapter 4 Listening, consciousness, and the charm of the universal:
Music and Consciousness

Ian Biddle

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores some of the ways in which listening has been thought about, especially with regard to what might be termed quotidian listening, or listening in/to the everyday. It also asks what thinking about listening as a specific instance of consciousness might allow us to do. These two enquiries are intimately connected, not least because they are both implicated in interesting and contentious ways in the history of musicology itself as a discipline. The core analytical resource the chapter draws on is Lacanian: that set of tools designed to scrutinize the relationship between enjoyment and discipline. It shows that when it comes to musicology's construal of listening, discipline and enjoyment are inevitably bound together.

Keywords:   listening, consciousness, Jacques Lacan, enjoyment, discipline

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