Manele In Romania: Cultural Expression And Social Meaning In Balkan Popular Music by Margaret BeissingerManele In Romania: Cultural Expression And Social Meaning In Balkan Popular Music by Margaret Beissinger

Manele In Romania: Cultural Expression And Social Meaning In Balkan Popular Music

EditorMargaret Beissinger, Speranta Radulescu, Anca Giurchescu

Hardcover | August 8, 2016

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This edited volume examines manele (sing. manea), an urban Romanian song-dance ethnopop genre that combines local traditional and popular music with Balkan and Middle Eastern elements. The genre is performed primarily by male Romani musicians at weddings and clubs and appeals especially to Romanian and Romani youth. It became immensely popular after the collapse of communism, representing for many the newly liberated social conditions of the post-1989 world. But manele have also engendered much controversy among the educated and professional elite, who view the genre as vulgar and even "alien" to the Romanian national character. The essays collected here examine the "manea phenomenon" as a vibrant form of cultural expression that engages in several levels of social meaning, all informed by historical conditions, politics, aesthetics, tradition, ethnicity, gender, class, and geography.
Margaret Beissinger teaches in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. Her research and writing focuses on Balkan cultures and oral traditions, oral epic, and Romani traditional culture and music-making, with an emphasis on southern Romania, where she has undertaken extensive fieldwork both before an...
Title:Manele In Romania: Cultural Expression And Social Meaning In Balkan Popular MusicFormat:HardcoverDimensions:348 pages, 9.38 × 6.18 × 1.24 inPublished:August 8, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442267070

ISBN - 13:9781442267077

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: "Music, Dance, Performance: A Descriptive Analysis of Manele" Speranta Radulescu and Anca GiurchescuChapter 2: "A History of the Manea: The 19th to the Mid-20th Century" Costin MoisilChapter 3: "Actors and Performance" Anca Giurchescu and Speranta RadulescuChapter 4: "How the Music of Manele is Structured" Speranta RadulescuChapter 5: "Village Manele: An Urban Genre in Rural Romania" Margaret BeissingerChapter 6: "Manele and Regional Parallels: Ethnopop in the Balkans"Margaret Beissinger Chapter 7:"Manele and the Underworld"Adrian Schiop Chapter 8: "'Boyar in the Helicopter': Power, Parody, and Carnival in Manea Performances"Victor StoichitaChapter 9: "Turbo-Authenticity: An Essay about 'Manelism'"Vintila Mihailescu EpilogueSperanta Radulescu