DISENCHANTING LES BONS TEMPS: IDENTITY AND AUTHENTICITY IN CAJUN MUSIC AND DANCE

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DISENCHANTING LES BONS TEMPS: IDENTITY AND AUTHENTICITY IN CAJUN MUSIC AND DANCE

DISENCHANTING LES BONS TEMPS: IDENTITY AND AUTHENTICITY IN CAJUN MUSIC AND DANCE

by Charles J. Stivale

"Let the good times roll," conveys the exuberance of Cajun music and dance. Yet, for Cajuns, descendants of French settlers exiled from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the mid-18th century, this sense of celebration has always been mixed with sorrow. Utilizing the theoretical insights of Deleuze and Guattari, Stivale illuminates these complexities. He looks at themes expressed, cultural practices, and the portrayal of Cajun cultural identity. He considers the thorny issues of racial tensions and linguistic isolation, and looks at efforts by contemporary musicians and fans to transcend these limitations. 218 pp.

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"Let the good times roll," conveys the exuberance of Cajun music and dance. Yet, for Cajuns, descendants of French settlers exiled from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the mid-18th century, this sense of celebration has always been mixed with sorrow. Utilizing the theoretical insights of Deleuze and Guattari, Stivale illuminates these complexities. He looks at themes expressed, cultural practices, and the portrayal of Cajun cultural identity. He considers the thorny issues of racial tensions and linguistic isolation, and looks at efforts by contemporary musicians and fans to transcend these limitations. 218 pp.

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