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Singing Our Way to Victory (Music/Culture)

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A penetrating cross-disciplinary study of the cultural constructions of singing.

Synopsis:

The practice of singing and songwriting in France during the Great War provides an intriguing tool for the exploration of the French cultural politics of the epoch. Responding to the dearth of cultural studies of the First World War, Regina Sweeney's unique cross-disciplinary study illuminates many of the hitherto unexplored corners of an era that many historians consider to exhibit a break with recognizable trends.

In early twentieth century Europe, singing was considered a part of education integral to the formation of good citizens. Singing was especially important to the French, for whom it was historically associated with authenticity of feeling and purity of character, and thereby with the very roots of French democracy; it was particularly associated with the image of France as a victorious nation. But as Sweeney shows, different performances of the same patriotic song could carry vastly different meanings. By focusing on singing, Sweeney is able to provide a more nuanced reading of French Great War cultures than ever before, and to show that cultures previously held to be exclusive — those of the home front and the Western front, for example — existed in dialectical tension and were themselves far from homogenous.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 339-347) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780819564733
Author:
Sweeney, Regina M.
Publisher:
Wesleyan
Location:
Middletown, Conn.
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Ethnic
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
France
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
Political ballads and songs.
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Popular music -- France -- 1911-1920.
Subject:
Political ballads and songs - France -
Subject:
Music -- History and criticism.
Copyright:
Series:
Music/Culture
Series Volume:
106-531
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.78x5.95x1.04 in. 1.16 lbs.

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » General
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Folk » Folk and Ethnic
Arts and Entertainment » Music » History and Criticism
History and Social Science » World History » France » General

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Product details 368 pages Wesleyan University Press - English 9780819564733 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The practice of singing and songwriting in France during the Great War provides an intriguing tool for the exploration of the French cultural politics of the epoch. Responding to the dearth of cultural studies of the First World War, Regina Sweeney's unique cross-disciplinary study illuminates many of the hitherto unexplored corners of an era that many historians consider to exhibit a break with recognizable trends.

In early twentieth century Europe, singing was considered a part of education integral to the formation of good citizens. Singing was especially important to the French, for whom it was historically associated with authenticity of feeling and purity of character, and thereby with the very roots of French democracy; it was particularly associated with the image of France as a victorious nation. But as Sweeney shows, different performances of the same patriotic song could carry vastly different meanings. By focusing on singing, Sweeney is able to provide a more nuanced reading of French Great War cultures than ever before, and to show that cultures previously held to be exclusive — those of the home front and the Western front, for example — existed in dialectical tension and were themselves far from homogenous.

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