International Journal of Arts and Humanities (IJAH) (ISSN: 2661-4928) is an open access, continuously published, international, refereed  journal publishing high quality, peer-reviewed articles that bring critical research to the fore and stimulate debate. Serve the community of arts and humanities educators and researchers around the world, by publishing significant opinion and research into contemporary issues of teaching and learning within the domain.

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--Digital Humanities
--Literature, Linguistics & Criticism
--Philosophy & Religion
--Visual & Performing Arts

Vol 2 No 1 (2021)

Published: 2021-06-28

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Pages 36-43

Magic realism and science fiction: Salman Rushdie’s inter-generic writing

blankpage Xiaohong Zhang, Peiyi Ou

Salman Rushdie’s fiction is well-known for its abundant mixes of magic realist and science fiction textual elements. By resorting to three writing strategies, namely “meta-writing,” “split-writing” and writing about identity-related issues, Rushdie generates a type of “inter-generic writing” that serves to voice authorial appeals for hybridity, impurity and plurality. Meta-writing is an authorial construction of the neo-historicist verisimilitude justifying the legitimacy and self-sufficiency of literary writing. Split-writing reveals “the alterity of selves,” thus advocating tolerance and pluralism. Writing about identity-related issues is no less than a politicized identity construction, in the quest for multiple postcolonial subjectivities in the “Third Space.”

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Page 44-55

On Music and Computability: Contrasts between Harry Partch’s Bitter Music and Guerino Mazzola’s Topos of Music

blankpage Wilfried Allaerts

The clash of ideas between classical music and several avant-garde movements in the previous century, not only found its way into twentieth century musicology, it also lead to a number of new developments in music digitalization. This paper reflects on the inscription of these opposing ideas about the concept of music into the contemporary views on the human condition and the notion of computability of human interactions. Harry Partch, the American iconoclast broke away from the classic, predominantly European traditions in music, and contested the abstract architecture and well-tempered tonal system of it. The mathematician Guerrino Mazzola constructed an even bigger, abstract formalization system, that allegedly allows for a complete digitalization of music, from the mind and inner ear of the composer towards the scores, the gestures and sounds produced by the performers up to the auditory cortex of the listeners. In this paper we will mainly investigate the philosophical and musicological basis of this formalization system, which is essentially based on the Denotator system and a number of concepts from algebraic topology applied to music. Finally, we will unravel the typical de-humanizing aspects that are followed in the digitalization system as used by Mazzola, and what this approach implicates for humanity (and the human sciences).

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Prof. Hong Shen  ISSN: 2661-4928
 Abbreviation: Int J Arts Humanit
 Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Hong Shen(China)
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