I am excited to be speaking at this event on Friday June 2 on the media crosscurrents panel. My paper, titled “Music’s Unseen Body,” locates in Heart of Darkness the erotic echoes of Conrad’s experiences of listening to opera and the phonograph. In the sound space of the novel, I find resonances with W.E.B. Du Bois’ contemporary writings of opera, as well as a fore-echo of the American reception of Conrad by queer composer Henry Cowell.
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