America in the French imaginary, 1789 -1914 : music, revolution and race /

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Boydell Press,, Volume 10, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom ;Rochester, NY, United States, p.xxvi, 382 pages : (2022)



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(OCoLC)fst01030269, (OCoLC)fst01030279, 18e siècle, 18th century, 19e siècle, 19th century, 20e siècle, 20th century, American influences., fast, France, Histoire et critique., History and criticism., Music, Music., Musique


Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-358) and index.Between Amérique and colonial France : revolutionary tales of liberté and esclavage / Diana R. Hallman -- Justamant's Le bossu and depictions of Indigenous Americans in nineteenth-century French ballet / Marian Smith, Sarah Gutsche-Miller and Helena Kopchick Spencer -- Louisiana imagined : gender, race and slavery in Le planteur (1839) / Helena Kopchick-Spencer -- "Brise du Sud": American identity and war in the popular sheet music of francophone New Orleans / Charlotte Bentley -- "The most seductive Creole indolence" : Louis Moreau Gottschalk in the French press / Laura Moore Pruett -- Symphonies from the new world : the myths and realities of American orchestral music in France / Douglas W. Shadle -- Historical acoustemology in the French romantic travelogue : Chateaubriand's sonic imagining of the new world / Ruth E. Rosenberg -- La liberté éclairant le monde : transatlantic soundscapes for the Statue of Liberty / Annegret Fauser -- Buffalo Bill and the sound of America during the 1889 world's fair / Mark A. Pottinger -- Cakewalking in Paris : new representations and contexts of African American culture / César A. Leal.Following the American Revolution, French authors often viewed the United States as a laboratory for the forging of new practices of liberte and egalite, in affinity with France's own Revolutionary ideals but in competition with lingering anti-American depictions of an inferior, untamed New World. 0The volume examines French imagining of America through musical/theatrical portrayals of the American Revolution and Republic, soundscapes of the Statue of Liberty, homages to Washington, Franklin and Lafayette and negotiations of Francophone identity in New Orleans. The subject of race features prominently in paradoxical depictions of slavery, freedom, and revolution in the United States and French Caribbean colonies of 'Amerique' and in varied interpretations of American music and gendered identity. Essays consider French constructions of the Indigenous American and Black American 'exotic' that intersect with tropes of noble, pastoral savagery, menacing barbarism and the 'civilising' potency of French culture. Such French constructions reveal both a revulsion of racial alterity and an attraction to the expressive, even subversive, freedom of Americanness. Investigations of French conceptions of America extend to critiques of American orchestral music, Gottschalk's Louisianan-Caribbean Creole works, Buffalo Bill's spectacles and the cakewalk in Paris. With scholarly contributions on music, dance, theatre and opera, the volume will be essential reading for students and scholars of these disciplines.