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The elocutionists : women, music, and the spoken word

Author: Marian Wilson Kimber
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017]
Series: Music in American life.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Emerging in the 1850s, elocutionists recited poetry or drama with music to create a new type of performance. The genre--dominated by women--achieved remarkable popularity. Yet the elocutionists and their art fell into total obscurity during the twentieth century. Marian Wilson Kimber restores elocution with music to its rightful place in performance history. Gazing through the lenses of gender and genre, Wilson  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kimber, Marian Wilson, 1960-
Elocutionists.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2017
(DLC) 2016041884
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marian Wilson Kimber
ISBN: 9780252040719 0252040716 9780252082221 0252082222
OCLC Number: 946905386
Description: xvii, 324 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Music in American life.
Responsibility: Marian Wilson Kimber.

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"Emerging in the 1850s, elocutionists recited poetry or drama with music to create a new type of performance. The genre--dominated by women--achieved remarkable popularity. Yet the elocutionists and their art fell into total obscurity during the twentieth century. Marian Wilson Kimber restores elocution with music to its rightful place in performance history. Gazing through the lenses of gender and genre, Wilson Kimber argues that these female artists transgressed the previous boundaries between private and public domains. Their performances advocated for female agency while also contributing to a new social construction of gender. Elocutionists, proud purveyors of wholesome entertainment, pointedly contrasted their "acceptable" feminine attributes against those of morally suspect actresses. As Wilson Kimber shows, their influence far outlived their heyday. Women, the primary composers of melodramatic compositions, did nothing less than create a tradition that helped shape the history of American music"--

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