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Music, modernity, and the global imagination : South Africa and the West

Author: Veit Erlmann
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
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"How was Africa seen by the West during the colonial period? How do Europeans and Americans conceive of Africa in today's postcolonial era? Such questions have preoccupied anthropologists, historians, and literary scholars for years. But few have asked the reverse: how did - and do - Africans see Europe and the United States? Fewer still have wondered how Western images of Africa and African representations of the
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Veit Erlmann
ISBN: 0195123670 9780195123678
OCLC Number: 39060556
Description: viii, 312 p. : ill., music ; 25 cm.
Contents: Pt.I "Heartless swindle" : the African Choir and the Zulu Choir in England and America : Archaic images, utopian dreams : forms of nineteenth-century historical consciousness --
"Style is just the man himself" : (auto)biography, self-identity, and fictions of global order --
Inventing the metropolis : Josiah Semouse's travel diary and the dilemmas of representation --
"Spectatorial lust" : spectacle and the crisis of imperial knowledge --
Symbols of inclusion and exclusion : nationalism, colonial consciousness, and the "great hymn" --
Variations upon a theme : the Zulu Choir in London, 1892-93 --
"God's own country" : Black America, South Africa, and the spirituals --
Interlude --
Pt.II "Days of miracle and wonder" : Graceland and the continuities of the postcolonial world : Figuring culture : the crisis of modernity and twentieth-century historical consciousness --
Hero on the pop chart : Paul Simon and the aesthetics of world music --
Fantasies of home : The antinomies of modernity and the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo --
Dream journeys : techniques of the self and the biographical imagination of Bhekizizwe J. Shabalala --
Songs of truth and healing : searching for a new South Africa --
Communities of style : musical figures of black diasporic identity --
Dances with power : Michael Jackson, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and the ambiguities of race --
Epilogue : the art of the impossible.
Responsibility: Veit Erlmann.
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