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Music, Modernity, and the Global ImaginationSouth Africa and the West$
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Veit Erlmann

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195123678

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123678.001.0001

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“Style Is Just the Man Himself”

“Style Is Just the Man Himself”

(Auto)Biography, Self‐Identity, and Fictions of Global Order

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Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination

Veit Erlmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the life stories of key members of the African Choir, such as Paul Xiniwe and Charlotte Manye. Written by the subjects themselves, these autobiographical sketches illustrate the fact that the making of modern colonial subjects was primarily a matter of self-authorization and self-stylization. By narrating their own selves, the choristers drew on modern templates of self-making provided by the bourgeois nation-state, and on more traditional models inspired by heroic poetry.

Keywords:   biography, autobiography, identity, selfhood, modernity, allegory, empire, colonialism, Paul Xiniwe, Charlotte Manye

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