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Whispered Song: Discerning Voices of 19th Century Louisianan Poets

  • Author / Creator
    Sommerfeldt, David Ray
  • The messages of Free People of Colour were spread through subtle and subversive poetry and song in 19th century French Louisiana. Reuniting the lyrical poetry with the original music provides a deep and rich understanding of the intentions and meaning of the poems. The songs portray the French ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity of the French Revolution situated in the context of life in Civil War era Louisiana. This research details the discovery process of contemporary attitudes toward French in Louisiana, a historical analysis of song and lyrics of the 19th to mid-20th century, and an interpretation of poetry written by Free People of Colour as it relates to the works of Pierre-Jean de Beranger, a French poet who chronicled the spirit of the French Revolution. The narrative describes voices, once silenced, becoming a whispered song.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3011K
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Specialization
    • Translation Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Malena, Anne (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • True, Micah (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
    • Malena, Anne (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
    • Stewart, Selina (History & Classics)