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Memorialisation, commemoration and commodification: Massenet and caricature

Rowden, Clair Sophie ORCID: 2013. Memorialisation, commemoration and commodification: Massenet and caricature. Cambridge Opera Journal 25 (2) , pp. 139-163. 10.1017/S0954586713000049

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This article addresses the physical presence of Jules Massenet in the media during the Third Republic in France through the lens of the caricatural press and the cartoon parodies of his operas which appeared in journals such as Le Journal amusant and Le Charivari. Although individual works were rarely outright successes in critical terms during his lifetime, Massenet's operas always stimulated debate and Massenet, as a figure head for a national art, was revered by both the state and its people. Drawing on theories of parody and readership, I argue that despite the ‘ephemeral’ nature of these musical artefacts, they acted as agents of commemoration of the composer and of memorialisation and commodification of his works for both operagoers and those who rarely entered the opera theatre.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 21/02/2014).
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0954-5867
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 02 May 2023 17:09

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