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Singing /telling the 80s: A cultural study of some of the most representative Spanish pop and rock songs of the 80s


2005 2005

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This dissertation analyses the role of popular music in contemporary Spanish culture. The eighties were a fascinating period of Spanish history, as the country was making its transition from dictatorship to democracy, and there were high national and international expectations connected to this change. The popular music of this period amply reflects the changes that the new country was undergoing. This study is theoretically grounded in new trends in Cultural Studies which open up and expand what we understand by “Culture” today. In this new theoretical reconfiguration, popular music today plays a predominant function in the conception of the social and cultural space of Spain. Through the study of these songs, we are able to understand this particular historical moment better, and also see how this culture has shaped us today. In the present “age of mechanical reproduction” (using Walter Benjamin's terminology) we are key contributors to Culture, yet we are also shaped by it. Because of this, all processes of cultural production deserve to be examined. The analysis responds to the recent parameters in contemporary Spanish Cultural and Literary Studies, an area which needs more scholarly attention, reflecting as it does current changes in our world. This work seeks to develop and legitimate a previously neglected and ignored area of study, using an interdisciplinary approach, by integrating different disciplines such as Music, Literature, or History.

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Subject
Literature;
Romance literature;
Music
Classification
0298: Literature
0313: Romance literature
0413: Music
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts, Language, literature and linguistics, Nineteen 80s, Popular music, Rock songs, Spanish, Spanish text
Title
Singing /telling the 80s: A cultural study of some of the most representative Spanish pop and rock songs of the 80s
Author
Sanchez-Catena, Ana Maria
Number of pages
333
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 66/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780496976904, 0496976907
Advisor
Medina, Raquel
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
Spanish
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3163702
ProQuest document ID
304994082
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304994082
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