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Contemporary klezmer: Music, identity, and meaning


2009 2009

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Abstract (summary)

Klezmer, the traditional instrumental music of Eastern European Jews, developed as the accompaniment to weddings and other communal celebrations. After an initial blossoming in the early-twentieth century United States, the style lost prominence due to a variety of historical, political, and social factors. Since the 1970s, however, Jewish and non-Jewish musicians have revived and transformed older styles of playing, both in North America and across the world. This thesis examines American discourses surrounding Jewish identity and traditional music, to demonstrate how earlier conceptions of authenticity, hipness, dissent, and difference continue to shape musicians’ and fans’ interpretations of klezmer. Drawing from ethnographic research, historical accounts, and theoretical work in folklore, cultural studies, and performance studies, the thesis emphasizes klezmer’s role as an active site for the collective and individual negotiation and performance of Jewish identity in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

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Subject
Folklore;
Music;
Judaic studies
Classification
0358: Folklore
0413: Music
0751: Judaic studies
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Klezmer
Title
Contemporary klezmer: Music, identity, and meaning
Author
Parshall, Joshua
Number of pages
117
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0153
Source
MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109276459
Advisor
Hinson, Glenn
Committee member
Boyarin, Jonathan; Cantwell, Robert; Ferris, William
University/institution
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department
Folklore
University location
United States -- North Carolina
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1467292
ProQuest document ID
304957238
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304957238
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