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Political Music

Legitimization and Contestation


Edited By Tomasz Bichta and Anna Szwed-Walczak

In the 12 chapters of this book the authors argue for the universal presence of music in public space and social relations. The examples of American, British, Hungarian, Polish and Russian music serve to elucidate two functions of political music, that of legitimizing and contesting political power. Both satirical songs with their ironic commentary on specific events and people as well as protest songs undermining the system corroborate the universal character of the legitimizing and delegitimizing function of music. The book is addressed to readers interested in countercultural movements and politically engaged music, especially to students of political studies, sociology and cultural studies.

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Interdisciplinary Studies in Performance

Edited by Miroslaw Kocur

The series aims at presenting innovative cross disciplinary and intercultural research in performance practice and theory. Its mission is to expand and enrich performance studies with new research in theatre, film, dance, ritual, and art, as well as in queer and gender studies, anthropology, linguistics, archaeology, ethnography, sociology, history, media and political sciences, and even medicine and biology. The series focuses on promoting groundbreaking methodologies and new directions in studying performative culture by scrutinizing its transformative and transgressive aspects.

The series Interdisciplinary Studies in Performance publishes in English and German monographs and thematic collections of papers by scholars from Poland and from abroad.

Vol. 1 Paul Martin Langner / Agata Mirecka (Hrsg.): Tendenzen der zeitgenössischen Dramatik. 2015.

Vol. 2 Veronika Darian / Micha Braun / Jeanne Bindernagel / Miroslaw Kocur (Hrsg.): Die Praxis der/des Echo. Zum Theater des Widerhalls. 2015.

Vol. 3 Magdalena Barbaruk: The Long Shadow of Don Quixote. Translated by Patrycja Poniatowska. 2015.

Vol. 4 Miroslaw Kocur: On the Origins of Theater. Translated by David Malcolm. 2016.

Vol. 5 Matteo Bonfitto: The Kinetics of the Invisible. Acting Processes in Peter Brook’s Theatre. 2016.

Vol. 6 Graziela Rodrigues: Dancer – Researcher – Performer: A Learning Process. 2016.

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