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Protest and Dissent

Conflicting Spaces in Translation and Culture


Edited By Agnieszka Pantuchowicz and Anna Warso

Essays collected in this book discuss textual and discursive formulations of dominance and resistance. The authors analyze how they are narrated and re-narrated, framed and reframed in different social, political and language communities and realities, through different media and means, and translated into different contexts and languages. As the ways we name, rename, or label events, people and places have implications in the real world, the essays are also meant to investigate the ways in which we partake in negotiating its construction, its changing meanings and senses through the stories we tell and the practices we live by.

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Sounds of Dissent: AIDS Activism and the Music of Diamanda Galás, 1984–1993


Przemysław Uściński

Sounds of Dissent:

AIDS Activism and the Music of Diamanda Galás, 1984–1993

Abstract: The San Diego-born avant-garde singer, performer and composer of Greek descent – the iconic Diamanda Galás – has devoted five of her music albums to the issue of AIDS. This paper discusses Galás’ poetics of protest with reference to both her famously extensive use of voice and in the context of her own involvement in ACT UP. It focuses on the intricate intertextuality of the uses of the figures of dissent and protest in her work.

Keywords: Diamanda Galás, AIDS crisis, ACT UP, protest, poetry, experimental music

My only religion is loyalty.

Diamanda Galás, in an interview

Free among the dead – Luther renders this, “I lie forgotten among the dead.” DeWette renders it, “Pertaining to the dead – (den Todten angehorend) – stricken down, like the slain, I lie in the grave,” and explains it as meaning, “I am as good as dead.” The word rendered “free” – חפשׁי chophshiy – means properly, according to Gesenius (Lexicon), (1) prostrate, weak, feeble; (2) free, as opposed to a slave or a captive; (3) free from public taxes or burdens. The word is translated “free” in Exo 21:2, Exo 21:5, Exo 21:26-27; Deu 15:12-13, Deu 15:18; Sa1 17:25; Job 3:19; … . In Job 3:19, it has reference to the grave, and to the fact...

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