National identity in political song during the Spanish transition: Víctor Manuel, Ana Belén, Joaquín Sabina

Pérez Villalba, E., 2005. National identity in political song during the Spanish transition: Víctor Manuel, Ana Belén, Joaquín Sabina. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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Spain saw the birth of an important anti-Francoist politically oriented musical genre at the beginning of the 60s. Such a genre was labelled as cancion protesta and cancion de autor while its authors/singers/performers were popularly known as cantautores and cantantes politicos. These singers, who were often associated with socialism or communism, consolidated their popular status later in the 60s, and particularly in the 70s, especially among (politically committed) left-wing audiences. Cantautores defied censorship in order to communicate their pro-democracy political message through their work. Their songs, however, were much more than statements for political democracy: often they also constituted attempts to create new versions of the Spanish nation and national identity that would suit the changing historical circumstances and their democratic dream. This thesis explores such a politics of identity in works by popular male singer-songwriters Victor Manuel and Toaquin Sabina and in those by well-known female political singer Ana Belen between the years 1968 and 1982. It examines the connections that existed between their works and the broader Spanish context of the Transition to democracy. It also explores the representations of Spanish national identity - with special reference to gender differences - that appeared in their texts between 1968 and 1982. It compares the relationship that existed between representations of the nation and national identity in their musical work and Francoist notions of Spain and Spanishness as constructed in different hegemonic discourses. Finally, this thesis examines some of the most relevant roles that Spanish cancion de autor/a, cantautores and cantantes politicos fulfilled at the time of the Transition, especially among different anti-Francoist collectives.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Pérez Villalba, E.
Date: 2005
ISBN: 9781369315882
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 22 Sep 2020 14:03
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2023 10:21

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