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Music, Poetry, Propaganda

Constructing French Cultural Soundscapes at the BBC during the Second World War

by Claire Launchbury (Author)
©2012 Monographs 211 Pages
Series: Modern French Identities, Volume 78

Summary

Offering new perspectives on the role of broadcasting in the construction of cultural memory, this book analyses selected instances in relation to questions of French identity at the BBC during the Second World War. The influence of policy and ideology on the musical and the poetic is addressed by drawing on theoretical frameworks of the archive, memory, trauma and testimony. Case studies investigate cultural memories constructed through three contrasting soundscapes. The first focuses on the translation of ‘Frenchness’ to the BBC’s domestic audiences; the second examines the use of slogans on the margins of propaganda broadcasts. In the third, the implications of the marriage of poetry and music in the BBC’s 1945 premier of Francis Poulenc’s cantata setting of resistance poems by the surrealist poet Paul Éluard in Figure humaine are assessed. Concentrating on the role of the archive as both narrative source and theoretical frame, this study offers a new approach to the understanding of soundscapes and demonstrates the processes involved in the creation of sonic cultural memory in the context of global conflict.

Details

Pages
211
Year
2012
ISBN (PDF)
9783035302950
ISBN (Softcover)
9783034302395
DOI
10.3726/978-3-0353-0295-0
Language
English
Publication date
2012 (May)
Keywords
policy testimony slogans global conflict ideology
Published
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2012. 223 pp., num. tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Claire Launchbury (Author)

Claire Launchbury is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in French at the University of Leeds. She studied music at the University of Exeter before doing postgraduate work in music and French studies at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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