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Music and the Irish Imagination

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Thierry Dubost
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Alexandra Slaby

Writing Irish music

Reading Music Whilst Listening to the Novel: The Musical Experience of Breakfast on Pluto

Mathias Lebargy

Résumé

With about a hundred references to music, Patrick McCabe’s fiction is deeply penetrated by music. The titles of The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto and Call Me the Breeze, which are borrowed from songs, attest this influence, and we must keep in mind that Breakfast on Pluto alone gathers more than one third of all the musical references. This essay intends to analyse how music manifests itself in Breakfast on Pluto, and how it shapes the novel.

Avec une centaine de références à la musique, l’œuvre romanesque de Patrick McCabe est manifestement influencée et pénétrée par la musique. En témoignent d’emblée The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto et Call Me the Breeze dont les titres sont empruntés à des chansons. Breakfast on Pluto regroupe, à lui seul, plus d’un tiers des références à la musique. Le but de cet article est d’étudier comment la musique est présente dans Breakfast on Pluto, et comment elle structure ce roman.

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With about a hundred references to music, Patrick McCabe’s fiction1 is deeply penetrated by music. The titles of The Butcher Boy,2 Breakfast on Pluto3 and Call Me the Breeze,4 which are borrowed from songs, attest this influence, and we must keep in mind that Breakfast on Pluto alone gathers more than one third of all the musical references.5 Music is an essential component of McCabe’s work, and the author admitted it did not seem to him that he belonged to any tradition, but to a music tradition.6 His major influence would then be music, but not literature. This essay intends to analyse how music manifests itself in Breakfast on Pluto, and how it shapes the novel.

It is interesting to examine Breakfast on Pluto from the reader’s viewpoint in order to spot what justifies a “musical” interpretation of this text. In La Lecture musico-littéraire, Frédérique Arroyas states that “it is important to identify the role readers have when, while reading literary texts, the musical dynamics of ...

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Mathias Lebargy is a part-time Lecturer at the Caen University School of Medecine. His research includes a doctoral thesis on the writings of madness in the novels of Irish author Patrick McCabe, as well as conference papers and academic publications on the same author, focusing on stage and cinematic adaptations, the representation of time, and the dynamics of conflict.

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