The Finno-Ugric Republics and the Russian State

Front Cover
Psychology Press, 1999 - History - 449 pages
0 Reviews

The legendary Greek figure Orpheus was said to have possessed magical powers capable of moving all living and inanimate things through the sound of his lyre and voice. Over time, the Orphic theme has come to indicate the power of music to unsettle, subvert, and ultimately bring down oppressive realities in order to liberate the soul and expand human life without limits. The liberating effect of music has been a particularly important theme in twentieth-century African American literature.

The nine original essays in Black Orpheus examines the Orphic theme in the fiction of such African American writers as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Nathaniel Mackey, Sherley Anne Williams, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison. The authors discussed in this volume depict music as a mystical, shamanistic, and spiritual power that can miraculously transform the realities of the soul and of the world. Here, the musician uses his or her music as a weapon to shield and protect his or her spirituality. Written by scholars of English, music, women's studies, American studies, cultural theory, and black and Africana studies, the essays in this interdisciplinary collection ultimately explore the thematic, linguistic structural presence of music in twentieth-century African American fiction.

  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

autonomous regions in the Russian Federation
7
in the Soviet Union
73
Taagepera
100
FinnoUgric Republics and the Future of Russian
388
Appendix Geographical and Ethnographic Name
413
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 424 - Hungary had been dormant at the end of the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th century, and imitations of Sandor Petofi and Janos Arany were prevalent.

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1999)

Rein Taagepera is Emeritus Professor of Social and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. He is also Professor of Political Science at the University of Tartu, Estonia.

Bibliographic information