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Musica and madness: a study on the field of Social Psychology of art

Grant number: 14/08518-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2014
Effective date (End): March 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Social Psychology
Principal Investigator:Joao Augusto Frayze-Pereira
Grantee:Richard de Oliveira
Host Institution: Instituto de Psicologia (IP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Considering the main theoretical concerns about the relationship between art and madness , we defined the broader objective of this project and the field of research - to examine relationships between music and madness from the field of aesthetic reception as subarea of the Social Psychology of Art . Based on the critical perspective of Michel Foucault , we considerer madness as a complex socio- historical phenomenon that crosses the western culture . Due to the fundamental role of the spectator activity in the production and transmission of meanings of works of art , we propose a study on the aesthetic perception of Robert Schumann´s work , musician of the nineteenth century , whose life was shrouded by the "aura of madness." We selected some significant works of this composer, whose poetics is based on romanticism , to be presented to research subjects , ie , classical musicians and music listeners , without technical-musical training , which we are going to interview individually after hearing those works . Thus , we are going to investigate if there is any madness perception linked to the musical pieces´ perception, held by a contemporary audience , and if this link exist , what would be its main aspects . Following that , we are going to set a possible aesthetic perspective on the experience of otherness , in order to extend the discussion of this complex psychological and cultural issues in the context of Social Psychology . (AU)

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OLIVEIRA, Richard de. Schumannian variations: music and madness in the field of the aesthetic reception. 2016. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Psicologia (IP/SBD) São Paulo.

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