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Sounding American: Hollywood, Opera, and Jazz

Jennifer Fleeger


Sounding American: Hollywood, Opera, and Jazz examines the interactions between musical form, film technology, and discourses of race, ethnicity, and the nation during the American cinema’s conversion to sound (1926–1932). It argues that each of the major studios constructed its own version of an ideal American voice that was intricately linked to the capabilities of its sound technology and articulated through its appropriation of opera and jazz. Though often neglected in studies of the film score, opera and jazz were important in defining the scope of the American soundtrack, not only during ... More

Keywords: cinema, music, technology, Hollywood, opera, jazz, conversion, gender, race, short films

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199366484
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199366484.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Fleeger, author
Ursinus College

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