To sing is more than to remember: literary and philosophical allusion in the songs of Caetano Veloso Public Deposited

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  • Wilkenfeld, Jacob Nelson
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature Program
  • This thesis examines the literary associations that, through allusion, Brazilian singer/songwriter Caetano Veloso brings to bear upon his work and suggests interpretations of the meanings sparked by these meetings of different texts. By reading seven allusive lyrics in Veloso's songbook, I intend to show that the songwriter's use of such allusions is a key aspect of his aesthetic and a mark of his broadening of the poetic dimensions of popular song. My aim is not to trace every allusion that Veloso makes, but rather to provide a framework for interpreting what his art of allusion generally entails. Furthermore, I underscore those aspects of Veloso's allusions that reflect the songwriter's dynamic reworking of literary material, rather than tracing the passive assimilation of "influences." That is, I analyze the way in which Veloso both invokes past writers and creates works that underscore their own creative difference from previous texts.
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  • Leonard, Diane R.
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