Barker Lecture- Ed Comentale "I Did Not Like My Home"
Comentale will lecture from his current book: I Did Not Like My Home (Death, Detachment, and the Modernity of Early Country Music)
Apr 08, 2011
from 03:30 pm to 05:00 pm
|Where||Chao Auditorium-Ekstrom Library|
|Contact Name||Steven Gonzales|
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Comentale's research focuses on international modernism and, specifically, the intersection of modernist aesthetics and popular culture. His first book explored the British avant-garde’s critique of mass culture through fiction, poetry, sculpture, and public happenings; his current book project explores musical genres as forms of modernist vernacular such as blues, country, and rockabilly as a series of cultural forms designed to address and accommodate regional processes of modernization.
His Barker lecture will explore early country music as an expression of the changing terms of modernity in the rural South. He will consider several early country hits that reworked sentimental themes in a “cool” modern style and outline the ways in which their formal qualities opened up new modes of regional identity. Focusing specifically on the ballads of the Carter family, he will show how these early country stars translated modern experiences of anxiety and alienation into sonic form and thereby force us to rethink the role of voice and expression in relation to the public sphere at large.
“Four Elvises,” Modernist Star Maps, eds. Jonathan Goldman and Aaron Jaffe. Ashgate Press, 2010.
“‘I’ll Keep Rolling Along’: Some Notes on Frontiers and Bowling Alleys in The Big Lebowski.” The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies. Indiana University Press, 2009.
“The Possibilities of Hard-Won Land: Midwestern Modernism and the Novel,” Blackwell Companion to the Modern American Novel, ed. John Matthews. Blackwell, 2009.
“Thought I Had Your Heart Forever, or, The Modernity of Early Country Music,” Journal of Popular Music Studies, 20:3 (September 2008), 211-239.