Mythologising music: identity and culture in the Italian prisoner of war camps of South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Somma, Donato Andrew
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-29T12:06:30Z
dc.date.available 2009-05-29T12:06:30Z
dc.date.issued 2009-05-29T12:06:30Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/7005
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates the idea of music-making as mode of cultural expression among Italian prisoners of war imprisoned in South Africa during the Second World War. In addition to readings of some of the music performed, there are accounts of the prominence of music as a theme in the mythology generated by the prisoners. Viewing music as a framing mechanism for the narration of experience is central to understanding the resulting group identity of these prisoners. This in turn leads into an examination of the continuing function of the myths as markers of identity; highlighting cultural production as a defining characteristic of Italian South African identity in the present. Through the investigation of various forms of archive, analyses of a variety of non-musical cultural products are included for their ability to articulate some specific Italian cultural values promoted in the mythology. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject music en
dc.subject identity en
dc.subject culture en
dc.subject Italian prisoner of war camps, South Africa en
dc.title Mythologising music: identity and culture in the Italian prisoner of war camps of South Africa en
dc.type Thesis en


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