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Negotiating Difference in French Louisiana MusicCategories, Stereotypes, and Identifications$
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Sara Le Menestrel

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461459

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461459.001.0001

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The Color of Music

The Color of Music

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(p.147) 3 The Color of Music
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Negotiating Difference in French Louisiana Music
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Sara Le Menestrel

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461459.003.0003

This chapter seeks to demonstrate how music categories, tastes, and representations are ingrained in the racial imagination. It situates musical forms and conventions across the color line and reveals the ideological basis of ethnic and racial categories within French Louisiana music. The distinctions drawn between Cajun and Creole styles over the commonality of the label “French music” encapsulate the complex narrative of French Louisiana music. In fact, Louisiana actors know how to navigate between musical sameness and difference. Finally, the representations of zydeco show the ambivalence of blackness and the relationship between eroticism and the transgression of the color line.

Keywords:   Racial imagination, Color line, French music, Blackness, Eroticism

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