Musical Witness and Holocaust Representation

Musical Witness and Holocaust Representation
Author: Amy Lynn Wlodarski
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 251
Release: 2015-07-09
ISBN 10: 1107116473
ISBN 13: 9781107116474
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Musical Witness and Holocaust Representation Book Review:

The first comprehensive study of musical Holocaust representations in the western tradition to examine both musical language and cultural value.

Narratives of Dissent

Narratives of Dissent
Author: Rachel S. Harris
Publsiher: Wayne State University Press
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2012-12-17
ISBN 10: 0814338046
ISBN 13: 9780814338049
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Narratives of Dissent Book Review:

The year 1978 marked Israel's entry into Lebanon, which led to the long-term military occupation of non-sovereign territory and the long, costly war in Lebanon. In the years that followed, many Israelis found themselves alienated from the idea that their country used force only when there was no alternative, and Israeli society eventually underwent a dramatic change in attitude toward militarization and the infallibility of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). In Narratives of Dissent: War in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture editors Rachel S. Harris and Ranen Omer-Sherman collect nineteen essays that examine the impact of this cultural shift on Israeli visual art, music, literature, poetry, film, theatre, public broadcasting, and commemoration practices after 1978. Divided into three thematic sections-Private and Public Spaces of Commemoration and Mourning, Poetry and Prose, and Cinema and Stage-this collection presents an exciting diversity of experiences, cultural interests, and disciplinary perspectives. From the earliest wartime writings of S. Yizhar to the global phenomenon of films such as Beaufort, Waltz with Bashir, and Lebanon, the Israeli artist's imaginative and critical engagement with war and occupation has been informed by the catalysts of mourning, pain, and loss, often accompanied by a biting sense of irony. This book highlights many of the aesthetic narratives that have wielded the most profound impact on Israeli culture in the present day. These works address both incremental and radical changes in individual and collective consciousness that have spread through Israeli culture in response to the persistent affliction of war. No other such volume exists in Hebrew or English. Students and teachers of Israeli studies will appreciate Narratives of Dissent.

Writing the Holocaust

Writing the Holocaust
Author: Zoë Vania Waxman
Publsiher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2008-06-26
ISBN 10: 019156205X
ISBN 13: 9780191562051
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Writing the Holocaust Book Review:

Arguing against the prevailing view that Holocaust survivors (encouraged by a new and flourishing culture of 'witnessing') have come forward only recently to tell their stories,Writing the Holocaust examines the full history of Holocaust testimony, from the first chroniclers confined to Nazi-enforced ghettos to today's survivors writing as part of collective memory. Zoë Waxman shows how the conditions and motivations for bearing witness changed immeasurably. She reveals the multiplicity of Holocaust experiences, the historically contingent nature of victims' responses, and the extent to which their identities - secular or religious, male or female, East or West European - affected not only what they observed but also how they have written about their experiences. In particular, she demonstrates that what survivors remember is substantially determined by the context in which they are remembering.

Holocaust Representations in History

Holocaust Representations in History
Author: Daniel H. Magilow,Lisa Silverman
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2015-02-26
ISBN 10: 1472512421
ISBN 13: 9781472512420
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Holocaust Representations in History Book Review:

Holocaust Representations in History is an introduction to critical questions and debates surrounding the depiction, chronicling and memorialization of the Holocaust through the historical analysis of some of the most provocative and significant works of Holocaust representation. In a series of chronologically presented case studies, the book introduces the major themes and issues of Holocaust representation across a variety of media and genres, including film, drama, literature, photography, visual art, television, graphic novels, and memorials. The case studies presented not only include well-known, commercially successful, and canonical works about the Holocaust, such as the film Shoah and Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, but also controversial examples that have drawn accusations of profaning the memory of the genocide. Each work's specific historical and cultural significance is then discussed to provide further insight into the impact of one of the most devastating events of the 20th century and the continued relevance of its memory. Complete with illustrations, a bibliography and suggestions for further reading, key terms and discussion questions, this is an important book for any student keen to know more about the Holocaust and its impact.

Forgetful Memory

Forgetful Memory
Author: Michael Bernard-Donals
Publsiher: State University of New York Press
Total Pages: 215
Release: 2008-12-31
ISBN 10: 0791477185
ISBN 13: 9780791477182
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Forgetful Memory Book Review:

Examines the role of forgetfulness in our understanding of the Holocaust.

Traumatic Encounters

Traumatic Encounters
Author: Paul Eisenstein
Publsiher: SUNY Press
Total Pages: 236
Release: 2003-08-01
ISBN 10: 9780791458006
ISBN 13: 0791458008
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Traumatic Encounters Book Review:

Addresses the difficulty of representing the Holocaust in literature and on film.

Musical Biographies

Musical Biographies
Author: Michal Ben-Horin
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 181
Release: 2016-04-25
ISBN 10: 3110460467
ISBN 13: 9783110460469
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Musical Biographies Book Review:

Since the second half of the twentieth century various routes, including history and literature, are offered in dealing with the catastrophe of World War II and the Holocaust. Historiographies and novels are of course written with words; how can they bear witness to and reverberate with traumatic experience that escapes or resists language? In search for an alternative mode of expression and representation, this volume focuses on postwar German and Austrian writers who made use of music in their exploration of the National Socialist past. Their works invoke, however, new questions: What happens when we cross the line between narration and documentation, and between memory and a musical piece? How does identification and fascination affect our reading of the text? What kind of ethical issues do these testimonies raise? As this volume shows, reading these musical biographies is both troubling and compelling since they ‘fail’ to come to terms with the past. In playing the haunting music that does not let us put the matter to rest, they call into question not only the exclusion of personal stories by official narratives, but also challenge writers’ and readers’ most intimate perspectives on an unmasterable past.

Serial Music Serial Aesthetics

Serial Music  Serial Aesthetics
Author: M. J. Grant
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2005-06-08
ISBN 10: 9780521619929
ISBN 13: 0521619920
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Serial Music Serial Aesthetics Book Review:

Serial music was one of the most important aesthetic movements to emerge in post-war Europe, but its uncompromising music and modernist aesthetic has often been misunderstood. This book focuses on the controversial journal die Reihe, whose major contributors included Stockhausen, Eimert, Pousseur, Dieter Schnebel and G. M. Koenig, and discusses it in connection with many lesser-known sources in German musicology. It traces serialism's debt to the theories of Klee and Mondrian, and its relationship to developments in concrete art, modern poetry and the information aesthetics and semiotics of Max Bense and Umberto Eco. M. J. Grant sketches an aesthetic theory of serialism as experimental music, arguing that serial theory's embrace of both rigorous intellectualism and aleatoric processes is not, as many have suggested, a paradox, but the key to serial thought and to its relevance for contemporary theory.

Memory Effects

Memory Effects
Author: Dora Apel
Publsiher: Rutgers University Press
Total Pages: 241
Release: 2002
ISBN 10: 9780813530499
ISBN 13: 0813530490
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Memory Effects Book Review:

Dora Apel analyzes the ways in which artists born after the Holocaust-whom she calls secondary witnesses-represent a history they did not experience first hand. She demonstrates that contemporary artists confront these atrocities in order to bear witness not to the Holocaust directly, but to its "memory effects" and to the implications of those effects for the present and future. Drawing on projects that employ a variety of unorthodox artistic strategies, the author provides a unique understanding of contemporary representations of the Holocaust. She demonstrates how these artists frame the past within the conditions of the present, the subversive use of documentary and the archive, the effects of the Jewish genocide on issues of difference and identity, and the use of representation as a form of resistance to historical closure.

Debussy in Proportion

Debussy in Proportion
Author: Roy Howat
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 239
Release: 1986-03-06
ISBN 10: 9780521311458
ISBN 13: 0521311454
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Debussy in Proportion Book Review:

An analysis that accounts precisely for the nature of Debussy's musical forms and how forms of different works are related. Geometric systems found here throw new light on Debussy's intense interest in the other arts and provide links with artists he admired in other fields.

Open Wounds

Open Wounds
Author: Martin Kagel,David Z. Saltz
Publsiher: University of Michigan Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2022-02-14
ISBN 10: 047212966X
ISBN 13: 9780472129669
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Open Wounds Book Review:

This volume collects original essays on Hungarian-German playwright and screenwriter George Tabori (1914–2007) and his remarkable contributions to the stage. Tabori, a Jewish refugee and a truly transnational author, was best known for his work in New York theater that irreverently explored the Jewish experience, particularly the Holocaust. Although his illustrious career spanned a century, two continents, several languages, and a variety of literary genres, Tabori’s work has received scant attention in American letters, in spite of its significance for U.S. theater and Holocaust studies. Until Tabori, most dramas about the Holocaust were either rooted in American domestic realism, striving to create a strong empathetic connection between the audience and Holocaust victims, or featured an unembellished documentary style. Tabori staked out a third position, beyond realism and documentation. The volume brings together the voices of international scholars to provide a comprehensive introduction to Tabori’s theater as well as in-depth analyses of his work, discussing all of his major plays. Individual essays address Tabori’s postdramatic theater in relation to sacrificial ritual, performance studies, and post-humanist approaches to the contemporary stage, as well as performance aspects of his productions, questions of ethics and aesthetics raised by his theater, and his plays’ relation to Holocaust representation in popular culture.

Socialist Laments

Socialist Laments
Author: Martha Sprigge
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-04-09
ISBN 10: 019754634X
ISBN 13: 9780197546345
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Socialist Laments Book Review:

Antifascist and socialist monuments pervaded the landscape of the former German Democratic Republic (1949-89), presenting a distorted vision of the national past. Official commemorative culture in East Germany celebrated a selective set of political heroes, seeming to leave no public space for mourning those who were excluded from the country's founding myths. Socialist Laments: Musical Mourning in the German Democratic Republic examines the role of music in this nation's memorial culture, demonstrating how music facilitated the expressions of loss within spaces of commemoration for East German citizens. Music performed during state-sponsored memorial rituals no doubt bolstered official narratives of the German past. But it simultaneously provided an outlet for mourning in highly politicized environment. The book presents both a history and theory of musical mourning in East Germany. Using a site-specific approach to analysis, author Martha Sprigge demonstrates how the multiple semantic networks opened up by these musical works facilitated many memorial associations without necessitating the overt articulation of a mourned subject. Throughout the country's forty-year existence, music offered East German citizens an audible outlet for working through traumatic losses-both collective and individual-that was distinct from other artistic expressive possibilities. The book reveals the ways that East Germany's extensive commemorative repertoire helped composers, performers, and audiences navigate between the inevitable need to mourn on the one hand, and the seeming impossibilities of mourning on the other.

Ranciere and Music

Ranciere and Music
Author: Joao Pedro Cachopo
Publsiher: Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2020-04-15
ISBN 10: 147444024X
ISBN 13: 9781474440240
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ranciere and Music Book Review:

This collection explores Rancière's thought along a number of music-historical trajectories, including Italian and German opera, Romantic and modernist music, Latin American and South African music, jazz, and contemporary popular music, and sets him in dialogue with key thinkers including Adorno, Althusser, Badiou and Deleuze.

Approaching an Auschwitz Survivor

Approaching an Auschwitz Survivor
Author: J?rgen Matth?us
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2009-08-18
ISBN 10: 0199799016
ISBN 13: 9780199799015
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Approaching an Auschwitz Survivor Book Review:

Among sources on the Holocaust, survivor testimonies are the least replaceable and most complex, reflecting both the personality of the narrator and the conditions and perceptions prevailing at the time of narration. Scholars, despite their aim to challenge memory and fill its gaps, often use testimonies uncritically or selectively-mining them to support generalizations. This book represents a departure, bringing Holocaust experts Atina Grossmann, Konrad Kwiet, Wendy Lower, J?rgen Matth?us, and Nechama Tec together to analyze the testimony of one Holocaust survivor. Born in Bratislava at the end of World War I, Helen "Zippi" Spitzer Tichauer was sent to Auschwitz in 1942. One of the few early arrivals to survive the camp and the death marches, she met her future husband in a DP camp, and they moved to New York in the 1960s. Beginning in 1946, Zippi devoted many hours to talking with a small group of scholars about her life. Her wide-ranging interviews are uniquely suited to raise questions on the meaning and use of survivor testimony. What do we know today about the workings of a death camp? How willing are we to learn from the experiences of a survivor, and how much is our perception preconditioned by standardized images? What are the mechanisms, aims, and pitfalls of storytelling? Can survivor testimonies be understood properly without guidance from those who experienced the events? This book's new, multifaceted approach toward Zippi's unique story combined with the authors' analysis of key aspects of Holocaust memory, its forms and its functions, makes it a rewarding and fascinating read.

Art Ideology and Economics in Nazi Germany

Art  Ideology  and Economics in Nazi Germany
Author: Alan E. Steinweis
Publsiher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2017-11-01
ISBN 10: 080786479X
ISBN 13: 9780807864791
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Art Ideology and Economics in Nazi Germany Book Review:

From 1933 to 1945, the Reich Chamber of Culture exercised a profound influence over hundreds of thousands of German artists and entertainers. Alan Steinweis focuses on the fields of music, theater, and the visual arts in this first major study of Nazi cultural administration, examining a complex pattern of interaction among leading Nazi figures, German cultural functionaries, ordinary artists, and consumers of culture. Steinweis gives special attention to Nazi efforts to purge the arts of Jews and other so-called undesirables. Steinweis describes the political, professional, and economic environment in which German artists were compelled to function and explains the structure of decision making, thus showing in whose interest cultural policies were formulated. He discusses such issues as insurance, minimum wage statutes, and certification guidelines, all of which were matters of high priority to the art professions before 1933 as well as after the Nazi seizure of power. By elucidating the economic and professional context of cultural life, Steinweis helps to explain the widespread acquiescence of German artists to artistic censorship and racial 'purification.' His work also sheds new light on the purge of Jews from German cultural life.

Music in the Holocaust

Music in the Holocaust
Author: Shirli Gilbert
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 243
Release: 2005-03-17
ISBN 10: 0199277974
ISBN 13: 9780199277971
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Music in the Holocaust Book Review:

Shirli Gilbert has produced the first large-scale, critical account of the role of music amongst communities imprisoned under Nazism. She documents a wide scope of musical activities in Nazi internment centres, and is also concerned with exploring the ways in which music - particularly the many songs that were preserved - contribute to our broader understanding of the Holocaust and the experiences of its victims.

Solo Vocal Works on Jewish Themes

Solo Vocal Works on Jewish Themes
Author: Kenneth Jaffe
Publsiher: Scarecrow Press
Total Pages: 436
Release: 2011
ISBN 10: 0810861356
ISBN 13: 9780810861350
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Solo Vocal Works on Jewish Themes Book Review:

Solo Vocal Works on Jewish Themes: A Bibliography of Jewish Composers is an extensive, annotated bibliography of Jewish music, featuring large-scale stage, concert, and liturgical compositions written by Jewish composers from every known time period and country. Hundreds of composers are represented in nearly 3,000 pieces, including musicals, operas, operettas, pageants, music dramas, oratorios, cantatas, and symphonic works, as well as original song cycles and liturgical services. Works are listed by composer and cross-referenced by theme, title, and voice type.

Loving Music Till It Hurts

Loving Music Till It Hurts
Author: William Cheng
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 408
Release: 2019
ISBN 10: 0190620137
ISBN 13: 9780190620134
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Loving Music Till It Hurts Book Review:

Can music feel pain? Do songs possess dignity? Do symphonies have rights? Of course not, you might say. Yet think of how we anthropomorphize music, not least when we believe it has been somehow mistreated. A singer butchered or mangled the "Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl. An underrehearsed cover band made a mockery of Led Zeppelin's classics. An orchestra didn't quite do justice to Mozart's Requiem. Such lively language upholds music as a sentient companion susceptible to injury and in need of fierce protection. There's nothing wrong with the human instinct to safeguard beloved music . . . except, perhaps, when this instinct leads us to hurt or neglect fellow human beings in turn: say, by heaping outsized shame upon those who seem to do music wrong; or by rushing to defend a conductor's beautiful recordings while failing to defend the multiple victims who have accused this maestro of sexual assault. Loving Music Till It Hurts is a capacious exploration of how people's head-over-heels attachments to music can variously align or conflict with agendas of social justice. How do we respond when loving music and loving people appear to clash?

Musical Solidarities

Musical Solidarities
Author: Andrea Bohlman
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2020-01-06
ISBN 10: 0190938285
ISBN 13: 9780190938284
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Musical Solidarities Book Review:

Musical Solidarities: Political Action and Music in Late Twentieth-Century Poland is a music history of Solidarity, the social movement opposing state socialism in 1980s Poland. The story unfolds along crucial sites of political action under state socialism: underground radio networks, the sanctuaries of the Polish Roman Catholic Church, labor strikes and student demonstrations, and commemorative performances. Through innovative close listenings of archival recordings, author Andrea F. Bohlman uncovers creative sonic practices in bootleg cassettes, televised state propaganda, and the unofficial, uncensored print culture of the opposition. She argues that sound both unified and splintered the Polish opposition, keeping the contingent formations of political dissent in dynamic tension. By revealing the diverse repertories-singer-songwriter verses, religious hymns, large-scale symphonies, experimental music, and popular song-that played a role across the decade, she challenges paradigmatic visions of a late twentieth-century global protest culture that place song and communitas at the helm of social and political change. Musical Solidarities brings together perspectives from historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and sound studies to demonstrate the value of sound for thinking politics. Unfurling the rich soundscapes of political action at demonstrations, church services, meetings, and in detention, it offers a nuanced portrait of this pivotal decade of European and global history.

Musical Solidarities

Musical Solidarities
Author: Andrea F. Bohlman
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2019-12-24
ISBN 10: 0190938293
ISBN 13: 9780190938291
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Musical Solidarities Book Review:

Musical Solidarities: Political Action and Music in Late Twentieth-Century Poland is a music history of Solidarity, the social movement opposing state socialism in 1980s Poland. The story unfolds along crucial sites of political action under state socialism: underground radio networks, the sanctuaries of the Polish Roman Catholic Church, labor strikes and student demonstrations, and commemorative performances. Through innovative close listenings of archival recordings, author Andrea F. Bohlman uncovers creative sonic practices in bootleg cassettes, televised state propaganda, and the unofficial, uncensored print culture of the opposition. She argues that sound both unified and splintered the Polish opposition, keeping the contingent formations of political dissent in dynamic tension. By revealing the diverse repertories-singer-songwriter verses, religious hymns, large-scale symphonies, experimental music, and popular song-that played a role across the decade, she challenges paradigmatic visions of a late twentieth-century global protest culture that place song and communitas at the helm of social and political change. Musical Solidarities brings together perspectives from historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and sound studies to demonstrate the value of sound for thinking politics. Unfurling the rich soundscapes of political action at demonstrations, church services, meetings, and in detention, it offers a nuanced portrait of this pivotal decade of European and global history.