'Something Inaudible': Roland Barthes' Concept of Listening and Literary Music

  • Eric T. Behr MacEwan University


This essay considers Roland Barthes' three types of listening and how they relate to avante garde music as well as novels that present formats subversive to the typical narratives expected of the medium. Both Anthony Burgess's Mozart and the Wolf Gang and Kirsty Gunn's The Big Music are novels that present an experience more in harmony with avante garde music than their own medium by bringing attention to the rhythm, cadence and phonetic relationships of the language rather than their narrative arcs. These novels demand an altogether seperate manner of reading, or listening, than the act of deciphering usually associated with texts.

Author Biography

Eric T. Behr, MacEwan University
I am a student with a major in English and a minor in Psychology.
How to Cite
Behr, E. T. (2014). ’Something Inaudible’: Roland Barthes’ Concept of Listening and Literary Music. MacEwan University Student EJournal, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.31542/j.muse.156
Arts and Sciences - Humanities