Destabilizing the Lincoln Memorial Concert: A Look at the Career of Marian Anderson Public Deposited

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  • Hill, Alexandra
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music, Musicology Graduate Program
  • This thesis will re-contextualize the Lincoln Memorial Concert within Marian Anderson’s performing career between 1935–1950 to illustrate her navigation of public and critical reception of her public image, musical talent, and political engagement in American society. A critical understanding of the social and political balancing required of Anderson as a black female classical vocalist will be achieved through discussion and analysis of correspondence between Anderson and her management, filmed performances, and critique of the prominent historical positioning of the Lincoln Memorial Concert. While the length of this thesis will not allow for extensive treatment, it is intended to precipitate new approaches to historical, cultural, and musical studies of Anderson’s life and career that destabilize the authority of the Lincoln Memorial performance and engage with her extensive performing career pre – and post – 1939.
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  • Vandermeer, Philip
  • Garcia, David
  • Toppin, Louise
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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