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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface: Hearing Lost Voices
  2. pp. vii-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. 1. The Odyssey of a Nice Girl: Elocution and Women’s Cultural Aspirations
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 2. Making Elocution Musical: Accompanied Recitation and the Musical Voice
  2. pp. 27-51
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  1. 3. Reading the Fairies: Shakespeare in Concert with Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  2. pp. 52-62
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  1. 4. Sentimentality and Gender in Musically Accompanied Recitations
  2. pp. 63-86
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  1. 5. Grecian Urns in Iowa Towns: Delsarte and The Music Man
  2. pp. 87-108
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  1. 6. In Another Voice: Women and Dialect Recitations
  2. pp. 109-149
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  1. 7. Womanly Women and Moral Uplift: Female Readers and Concert Companies on the Chautauqua Circuit
  2. pp. 150-172
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  1. 8. Multiplying Voices: American Women and the Music of Choral Speaking
  2. pp. 173-190
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  1. 9. Words and Music Ladies: The Careers of Phyllis Fergus and Frieda Peycke
  2. pp. 191-208
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  1. 10. Women’s Work, Women’s Humor: Musical Recitations by Female Composers
  2. pp. 209-244
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  1. Afterword: Echoes of Elocutionary Arts
  2. pp. 245-252
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  1. Appendix: Accompanied Recitations of Jane Manner
  2. pp. 253-256
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 257-310
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 311-334
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252099151
Related ISBN
9780252040719
MARC Record
OCLC
958371523
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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