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Art of Nick Cave: New Critical Essays

by John H Baker Intellect Books
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Pbk 282 pages
AU$77.00 NZ$80.00
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This book includes essays by a diverse group of scholars and experts. It offers a comprehensive study of Nick Cave's work as a singer-songwriter, poetic novelist and film and theatre performer. It draws on historical, psychological, pedagogical, and generic perspectives. It is a lucid overview that will appeal to students, fans and experts alike. Known for his work as a performer and songwriter with The Birthday Party, the Bad Seeds and Grinderman, Australian artist Nick Cave has also pursued a variety of other projects, including writing and acting. Covering the full range of Cave's creative endeavours, this collection of critical essays provides a comprehensive overview of his multifaceted career. The contributors, who hail from an array of disciplines, consider Cave's work from many different angles. Illuminating the remarkable scope of Cave's achievement, they explore his career as a composer of film scores, a scriptwriter, and a performer, most strikingly in ''Ghosts of the Civil Dead"; his work in theatre; and his literary output, which includes the novels "And the Ass Saw the Angel" and "The Death of Bunny Munro", as well as two collections of prose. Together, the resulting essays provide a lucid overview of Nick Cave's work that will orient students and fans while offering fresh insights sure to deepen even expert perspectives.

Introduction: Nick Cave, Twenty-First Century Man      John H. Baker
Part I: Cave, the Songwriter1. ‘Into My Arms’: Themes of Desire and Spirituality in The Boatman’s Call      Peter Billingham2. The Performance of Voice: Nick Cave and the Dialectic of Abandonment      Carl Lavery3. ‘The College Professor Says It’: Using Nick Cave’s Lyrics in the University Classroom      Paul Lumsden4. A Beautiful, Evil Thing: The Music of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds      David PattiePart II: Murder Ballads5. ‘Executioner-Style”: Nick Cave and the Murder Ballad Tradition      Nick Groom6. In Praise of Flat-out Meanness: Nick Cave’s ‘Stagger Lee’      Dan RosePart III: Film and Theatre7. ‘You Won’t Want the Moment to End’: Nick Cave in the Theatre, from King Ink to Collaborating with Vesturport      Karoline Gritzner8. Welcome to Hell: Nick Cave and Ghosts ... of the Civil Dead      Rebecca Johinke9. ‘People Just Ain’t No Good’: Nick Cave’s Noir Western, The Proposition      William VerronePart IV: Influences10. Nick Cave and the Gothic: Ghost Stories, Fucked Organs, Spectral Liturgy      Isabella van Elferen11. The Singer and the Song: Nick Cave and the Archetypal Function of the Cover Version      Nathan Wiseman-Trowse12. Nick Cave: The Spirit of the Duende and the Sound of the Rent Heart
      Sarah WishartPart V: Sacred and Profane13. ‘There is a Kingdom’: Nick Cave, Christian Artist?      John H. Baker14. ‘The Time of Our Great Undoing’: Love, Madness, Catastrophe and the Secret Afterlife of Romanticism in Nick Cave’s Love Songs      Steven Barfield15. From ‘Cute Cunts’ to ‘No Pussy’: Sexuality, Sovereignty and the Sacred      Fred Botting
Notes on Contributors

John H. Baker is a lecturer in English literature at the University of Westminster.