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Elocutionists : Women, Music, and the Spoken Word (Paperback) (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.
Number of Pages: 324
Genre: Performing Arts, Music, Social Science
Sub-Genre: History
Series Title: Music in American Life
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
Author: Marian Wilson Kimber
Language: English
Street Date: January 19, 2017
TCIN: 51506075
UPC: 9780252082221
Item Number (DPCI): 248-22-3010
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