Dr Seth Brodsky

Home Institution:

University of Chicago (USA)


Seth Brodsky's scholarly and critical work pursues two related lines of inquiry. The first concerns music of the 20th and 21st centuries, in particular the field of “composerly production”, with all the openness this connotes: how is “the composer” constructed, and how does she function culturally, discursively, technologically, mythically? Brodsky’s second line of inquiry involves the role of unconscious processes—particularly as figured in psychoanalytic discourse—in the making and experiencing of music. Here he is especially interested in musical influence and intertextuality—the “locus of the other”—in the work of living, recently deceased, or frequently resurrected composers. How, for instance, do contemporary composers fantasize and shepherd their affiliations with their musical past and precursors, and what role does the psychoanalytic unconsciously play in these fantasies?


University of Chicago: https://music.uchicago.edu/page/seth-brodsky


Speculations 1: Supporting Materials

1: A Joke


'Two Jews meet in a railway carriage at a station in Galicia. "Where are you going?” asks the one. “To Cracow”, answers the other. “What a liar you are!”, erupts the questioner. “When you say you’re going to Cracow, you want me to believe you’re going to Lemberg. But I know that in fact you’re going to Cracow. So why are you lying to me?”’


2. A Picture

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3: A Festival (my essay is “Spahlinger als Frau”)

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4. A Talk

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