French Cultural Politics and Music

French Cultural Politics and Music : From the Dreyfus Affair to the First World War

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This book argues that French musical meanings and values in the years from 1898 to 1914 are best explained not in terms of contemporary artistic movements, but rather in terms of the political culture, which was undergoing subtle but profound transformation as nationalist leagues enlarged the arena of political action. Applying recent insights from French history, sociology, political anthropology, and literary theory, the book reveals how nationalists used critics, educational institutions, concert series and lectures to disseminate their values through a discourse on French music; and it demonstrates how the Republic and Left responded to this challenge through their own discourses on French musical values. Against this background Fulcher traces the impact of this politicized musical culture on composers such as d'Indy, Charpentier, Magnard, Debussy, and Satie.
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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 158 x 232 x 26mm | 580.6g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 halftone, music examples
  • 0195120213
  • 9780195120219
  • 1,539,810

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There is much to praise in Fulcher's book, which is well proportioned and includes some excellent summaries of obscure but important sources. * Notes *
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About Jane F. Fulcher

Jane F. Fulcher is also the author of The Nation's Image: French Grand Opera as Politics and Politicized Art (1987), as well as numerous articles. She served as Visiting Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris in 1985 and again in 1995. She has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris) and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Berlin), the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Fulcher earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University and is now Professor of Music at Indiana University.
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