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Author Kimber, Marian Wilson, 1960-, author.

Title The elocutionists : women, music, and the spoken word / Marian Wilson Kimber.

Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017]


1 copy ordered for UniM Southbank on 15-10-2019.
Physical description xvii, 324 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Series Music in American life
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-310) and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1.The Odyssey of a Nice Girl: Elocution and Women's Cultural Aspirations -- 2.Making Elocution Musical: Accompanied Recitation and the Musical Voice -- 3.Reading the Fairies: Shakespeare in Concert with Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream -- 4.Sentimentality and Gender in Musically Accompanied Recitations -- 5.Grecian Urns in Iowa Towns: Delsarte and The Music Man -- 6.In Another Voice: Women and Dialect Recitations -- 7.Womanly Women and Moral Uplift: Female Readers and Concert Companies on the Chautauqua Circuit -- 8.Multiplying Voices: American Women and the Music of Choral Speaking -- 9.Words and Music Ladies: The Careers of Phyllis Fergus and Frieda Peycke -- 10.Women's Work, Women's Humor: Musical Recitations by Female Composers.
Summary "Emerging in the 1850s, elocutionists recited poetry or drama with music to create a new type of performance. The genre--dominated by women--achieved remarkable popularity. Yet the elocutionists and their art fell into total obscurity during the twentieth century. Marian Wilson Kimber restores elocution with music to its rightful place in performance history. Gazing through the lenses of gender and genre, Wilson Kimber argues that these female artists transgressed the previous boundaries between private and public domains. Their performances advocated for female agency while also contributing to a new social construction of gender. Elocutionists, proud purveyors of wholesome entertainment, pointedly contrasted their "acceptable" feminine attributes against those of morally suspect actresses. As Wilson Kimber shows, their influence far outlived their heyday. Women, the primary composers of melodramatic compositions, did nothing less than create a tradition that helped shape the history of American music"--
Subject Music theater -- United States.
Oral interpretation.
Elocutionists -- United States.
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Women performance artists -- United States.
Readers' theater.
Choral speaking.
Oral reading -- United States.
Monologues with music -- History and criticism.
Melodrama -- History and criticism.
ISBN 9780252082221 (softcover)
9780252040719 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
9780252099151 (ebook)