• Phil Powrie


The Conclusion reprises two key issues from the Introduction: the leitmotif and its relationship with repetition, and the pause. There is an in-depth analysis of the use of Gustav Mahler’s work in Le Dernier Coup de marteau so as to propose that the “crystal-song” can be something other than a song sung. A return to Barthes’s punctum stresses the openness and mobility of the crystal-song, and its function as intervention rather than interlude or pause in the action.


Leitmotif Repetition Pause Gustav Mahler Le Dernier Coup de marteau Punctum Intervention 


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  • Phil Powrie
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  1. 1.University of SurreyGuildfordUnited Kingdom

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