Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

“Treemonisha”: A historical and character analysis
by McDowell, Shelly, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 70; 1486508
Abstract (Summary)

The amount of scholarly evaluation on the title role of Scott Joplin's opera Treemonisha is limited. This thesis observes the influence of historical events such as the Reconstruction Period, Post Reconstruction Period, the rise of the Harlem Renaissance and their affect on the life of Joplin and ultimately his opera. It examines the composer's principles that mirrored the ideals of African-American leader, Booker T. Washington as well. Character analysis of Treemonisha explores her background, relationships between other characters and defining moments that strengthen her role within the opera. The approach considers perspectives on American history, the African-American initiative for the advancement of its people, and character analysis. This study therefore contributes to such areas of study as the history of opera, opera character analysis, gender studies, and African-American studies. A final goal is to inspire and strengthen current performance practices of this opera.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Anglin, David
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Theater
Keywords: Joplin, Scott
Publication Number: 1486508
ISBN: 978-1-124-25131-8
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