Georges Brassens and Jacques Brel

Personal and Social Narratives in Post-War Chanson

Chris Tinker

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ISBN: 9780853237686

Publication: November 1, 2005

Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 1

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This book explores the various personal and social narratives within the songs of Brassens and Brel, the auteurs-compositeurs-interprètes who epitomised what is now widely regarded as the golden era of chanson française during the 1950s and 60s. Tinker's discussion reveals the tensions in the narrators' relationship with themselves, other individuals, and society. The book builds upon, and moves beyond, the two dominant critical approaches used to write about French song: the exclusively biographical oriented approach and the purely linguistic analysis. Tinker focuses both on identity, viewed primarily as a relational process, and on representation: linguistic, musical, vocal, and gestural.

Acknowledgements Author’s Note Introduction Part I: The Self in Solitude 1 Approaching Death 2 Personal Diversions Part II: The Self and Others 3 Woman and Love: From Tendresse to Passion 4 ‘La Chanson du mal-aimé’ Part III: The Self and Society 5 Anti-Bourgeois Social Satire 6 Institutional Targets 7 National Identity and Anti-Nationalism 8 Political Engagement and Social Action Conclusion Notes Bibliography Copyright Acknowledgements Index

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 x 156 mm

240 Pages

Copyright: © 2005

ISBN: 9780853237686

Publication: November 1, 2005

Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 1

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