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Opera Indigene: Re/presenting first nations and indigenous cultures.

Opera Indigene: Re/presenting first nations and indigenous cultures.

Karantonis, Pamela and Robinson, Dylan (eds.) (2011) Opera Indigene: Re/presenting first nations and indigenous cultures. In: Karantonis, Pamela, (ed.) Opera Indigene: Re/Presenting First Nations and Indigenous Cultures. Ashgate Interdisciplinary Series in Opera . Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, UK / Burlington, USA. ISBN 978-0-7546-6989-0 (print), 978-1-4094-2406-2 (e-book)

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The representation of non-Western cultures in opera has long been a focus of critical inquiry. Within this field, the diverse relationships between opera and First Nations and Indigenous cultures, however, have received far less attention. Opera Indigene takes this subject as its focus, addressing the changing historical depictions of Indigenous cultures in opera and the more contemporary practices of Indigenous and First Nations artists. The use of re/presenting in the title signals an important distinction between how representations of Indigenous identity have been constructed in operatic history and how Indigenous artists have more recently utilized opera as an interface to present and develop their cultural practices.

This volume explores how operas on Indigenous subjects reflect the evolving relationships between Indigenous peoples, the colonizing forces of imperial power, and forms of internal colonization in developing nation-states. Drawing upon postcolonial theory, ethnomusicology, cultural geography and critical discourses on nationalism and multiculturalism, the collection brings together experts on opera and music in Canada, the Americas and Australia in a stimulating comparative study of operatic re/presentation.

Item Type: Edited Book
Additional Information: [1] Co-editor, Pamela Karantonis. Also, co-author of Introduction, and Chapters 4 and 18.
Uncontrolled Keywords: opera, first nations, theatre, indigenous cultures
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Communications & Creative Arts
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