Integrating Music with Fiction: Ian McEwan’s Libretto for Michael Berkeley’s Opera For You
Languages of publication
The article undertakes to prove that Ian McEwan is an ambitious and versatile writer who is not afraid of experimenting with forms which are on the borderline of literature and other arts. It presents McEwan as a literary artist having a wide professional knowledge of music. The analysis focuses on McEwan’s opera libretto For You which is a problematic work for any literary analysis as, being a multimedia narrative text type, it stands on the borderland between literature and music. The article analyses the interdependence of these two spheres considering the libretto as a complex artistic text – which refers to music at various interpretation levels: the language, style, plot and construction – and sheds new light on the narrative complexities of the text/music interaction.
- Begley, Adam. 2002. “Ian McEwan”, The Art of Fiction No. 173, The Paris Review, 30–60, reprinted in: Ryan Roberts (ed.), 89–107.
- Clark, Andrew. 2008. “For You, Linbury Studio Theatre, London”, Financial Times, 30 October 2008. (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/5798fc9e-a6a3–11dd–95be-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1)
- Clements, Andrew. 2008. “For You, Linbury Studio, London”, The Guardian, 30 October 2008. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2008/oct/30/1)
- Driver, Paul. 2008. “For You – the Sunday Times review”, The Sunday Times, 2 November 2008. (http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_ and_entertainment/stage/opera/article5047396.ece)
- Elam, Keir. 1980. The Semiotics of Theatre and Drama. London and New York: Routledge.
- Fisher, Neil. 2008. “For You at Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House”, The Times, 30 October 2008. (http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_ and_entertainment/stage/opera/article5039366.ece)
- Genette, Gérard. 1997. Paratexts: Tresholds of Interpretation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Haffenden, John. 1985. Novelists in Interview. London and New York: Methuen.
- Hejmej, Andrzej. 2008. Muzyka w literaturze: Perspektywy komparatystyki interdyscyplinarnej. Kraków: Universitas (translation M. P.).
- Hewett, Ivan. 2008. “Ian McEwan: Opera? Great music, terrible plots”, The Telegraph, 26 May 2008. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/3673683/Ian-McEwan-Opera-Great-music-terrible-plots.html)
- Holden, Anthony. 2008. “Sex, havoc, obsession - it must be Ian McEwan”, The Guardian, 2 November 2008. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/nov/02/ian-mcewan-for-you)
- Hutcheon, Linda and Michael. 2008. “Narrativizing the End: Death and Opera” in: James Phelan and Peter J. Rabinowitz (eds.), 441–450.
- Khandekar, Ashutosh. 2008. “Dual Purpose”, BBC Music Magazine, May 2008, 38–41, reprinted in: Roberts (ed.), 176–179.
- Malcolm, David. 2002. Understanding Ian McEwan. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.
- McEwan, Ian. 1989. A Move Abroad. London: Picador.
- Morrison, Richard. 2008. “Opera gets between the sheets with Ian McEwan’s For You”, The Times, 9 May 2008. (http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_ and_entertainment/stage/opera/article3894802.ece)
- Phelan, James and Rabinowitz, Peter J. (eds.). 2008. A Companion to Narrative Theory. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
- Roberts, Ryan (ed.). 2010. Conversations with Ian McEwan. Jackson: University Press of Missisippi.
- Roberts, Ryan. 2010. “ ‘A Thing One Does’: A Conversation with IanMcEwan”, interview conducted with Ian McEwan on 12 June 2008, specifically for Roberts (ed.), 188–201.
- [Unsigned]. 2008. “Michael Berkeley and Ian McEwan talk about new opera For You.” Music Theatre Wales, 18 April 2008. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR5YdlcygDM)
- Walker, Lynne. 2008. “For You, Linbury Studio Theatre, London” The Independent, 30 October 2008. (http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/for-you-linbury-studio-theatre-london–978262.html)
Publication order reference