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Opera indigene: re/presenting first nations and indigenous cultures

Karantonis, P and Robinson, D, eds. (2011) Opera indigene: re/presenting first nations and indigenous cultures. Ashgate, Farnham. ISBN 9780754669890

Abstract

The representation of non-Western cultures in opera has long been a focus of critical inquiry. Within this field, the diverse relationships between opera and First Nations and indigenous cultures, however, have received far less attention. "Opera Indigene" takes this subject as its focus, addressing the changing historical depictions of indigenous cultures in opera and the more contemporary hybridizations of the form by indigenous and First Nations artists. The use of 're/presenting' in the title signals an important distinction between how representations of indigenous identity have been constructed in opera by non-indigenous artists, and how indigenous artists have more recently utilized opera as an interface to present and develop their cultural practices. The volume explores how operas on indigenous subjects reflect the evolving relationships between indigenous peoples, the colonizing forces of imperial power, and forms of internal colonization in developing nation-states. Drawing upon postcolonial theory, ethnomusicology, cultural geography and critical discourses on nationalism and multiculturalism, the collection brings together experts on opera and music in Canada, the Americas and Australia in a stimulating comparative study of indigenous operatic re/presentation.

Item Type: Book
Note:

This volume grew from a conference Karantonis co-convened at King’s College London, in September 2008, ‘Opera Indigene – Critical Re/presentations of First Nations and Indigenous Cultures’. This was given support by the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre (University of Sussex) and a grant from the Music and Letters Trust.

Keywords: Indigenous peoples in opera
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2013 10:58
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2017 11:40
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