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Representing the Good NeighborMusic, Difference, and the Pan American Dream$
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Carol A. Hess

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199919994

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919994.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
Representing the Good Neighbor

Carol A. Hess

Oxford University Press

What do we in the United States know about Latin American art music, and how do we know it? From the 1920s until the end of World War II, U.S. critics applauded this repertory as universalist. During the cold war, however, Latin American music was represented as “exotic” or “nationalist” in the United States; that is, it was seen through a filter of difference. This chapter introduces the concept of Pan Americanism and how it has influenced the way we in the United States have represented Latin American art music.

Keywords:   Latin American music, American music, representation, difference, musical nationalism, exoticism, embracing-sameness, universalism, Pan Americanism

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