Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Ghost Songs: The Effects Of An Urban Natural Disaster On National Identity In Nicaragua
by McGoffin, Eric C., M.M., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2016, 62; 10163341
Abstract (Summary)

This study examines Nicaraguan music before and after the 1972 Managuan earthquake for evidence of changes in Nicaraguan national identity. Central issues are indigenous groups, colonialism, Catholicism, and communism in Nicaragua. A total of four musical examples are analyzed, three songs dating before the earthquake and one from after. These songs provide evidence for changes in Nicaraguan national identity. The study concludes that the earthquake brought about an increase in public exposure to indigenous Nicaraguan music. Indigenous Nicaraguan musical styles have been incorporated into modern Nicaraguan popular music, which in turn has influenced Nicaraguan national identity as a whole.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: DeWitt, Mark
Commitee: Kulp, Jonathan, Reichling, Mary, Steinbron, Matthew
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Folklore, Music
Keywords: Earthquakes, Godoy, Carlos Mejia, Indigenous people, Nicaragua
Publication Number: 10163341
ISBN: 978-1-369-18033-6
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