America in the French Imaginary,  1789-1914
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368 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

6 tables, 12 music ex, 40 b/w

Series: Music in Society and Culture

Imprint: Boydell Press

America in the French Imaginary, 1789-1914

Music, Revolution and Race

Edited by Diana R. Hallman and César A. Leal

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Just as America was observed in French literary and political commentary, we find representations of America in French music, dance, and theatre which serve as the focus of this volume.
Following the American Revolution, French observers often viewed the United States as a laboratory for the forging of new practices of liberté and égalité, in affinity with and divergence from France's own Revolutionary ideals and experiences.

The volume examines French views through musical/theatrical portrayals of the American Revolution and Republic, soundscapes of the Statue of Liberty, and homages to the glorified figures of Washington, Franklin and Lafayette. Essays investigate paradoxical depictions of slavery in the United States and French Caribbean colonies of 'Amérique'. French critiques of American music and musicians, including the reception of Americanized or Creolized adaptations of European art traditions as well as American popular music and dance, are also presented. The subject of race features prominently in French interpretations of American music and identity. These interpretations see French constructions of the Indigenous American and African American "exotic" that intersect with tropes of noble, pastoral savagery, menacing barbarism, and the "civilizing" potency of French culture. The French reinterpretation of African American music and dance reveals both a revulsion of Black alterity and an attraction to the expressive freedom, and even subversiveness, of these "foreign" forms of music and dance. Contributions include essays by music, dance, theatre and opera scholars, and the volume will be essential reading for students and scholars of these disciplines.
Introduction

Part I. American liberté, sauvagerie and esclavage
1 Between Amérique and Colonial France: Revolutionary Tales of liberté and esclavage Diana R. Hallman
2 Justamant's Le Bossu and Depictions of Indigenous Americans in Nineteenth-Century French Ballet
Marian Smith, Sarah Gutsche-Miller and Helena Kopchick Spencer
3 Louisiana Imagined: Gender, Race and Slavery in Le Planteur (1839)
Helena Kopchick Spencer

Part II. Myths of America and Intersecting Identities
4 'Brise du Sud': American Identity and War in the Popular Sheet Music of Francophone New Orleans
Charlotte Bentley
5 'The Most Seductive Creole Indolence': Louis Moreau Gottschalk in the French Press
Laura Moore Pruett
6 Symphonies from the New World: The Myths and Realities of American Orchestral Music in France
Douglas Shadle

Part III. Soundscapes and Sonic Fantasies
7 Historical Acoustemology in the French Romantic Travelogue: Chateaubriand's Sonic Imagining of the New World
Ruth E. Rosenberg
8 La Liberté éclairant le monde: Transatlantic Soundscapes for the Statue of Liberty
Annegret Fauser

Part IV. America, Commodification and Race at the fin de siècle9 Buffalo Bill and the Sound of America at the 1889 World's Fair
Mark A. Pottinger
10 Cakewalking in Paris: New Representations and Contexts of African American Culture
César A. Leal

Bibliography
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Title Details

368 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

6 tables, 12 music ex, 40 b/w

Series: Music in Society and Culture

Imprint: Boydell Press