Survival Songs: Conchita Piquer's 'Coplas' and Franco's Regime of Terror by Stephanie SieburthSurvival Songs: Conchita Piquer's 'Coplas' and Franco's Regime of Terror by Stephanie Sieburth

Survival Songs: Conchita Piquer's 'Coplas' and Franco's Regime of Terror

byStephanie Sieburth

Hardcover | July 29, 2014

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How can a song help the hungry and persecuted to survive? Stephanie Sieburth's Survival Songs explores how a genre of Spanish popular music, the copla, as sung by legendary performer Conchita Piquer, helped Republican sympathizers to survive the Franco regime's dehumanizing treatment following the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). Piquer's coplas were sad, bitter stories of fallen women, but they offered a way for the defeated to cope with chronic terror, grief, and trauma in the years known as the "time of silence."

Drawing on the observations of clinical psychotherapy, Sieburth explores the way in which listening to Piquer's coplas enabled persecuted, ostracized citizens to subconsciously use music, role-play, ritual, and narrative to mourn safely and without fear of repercussion from the repressive state. An interdisciplinary study that includes close readings of six of Piquer's most famous coplas, Survival Songs will be of interest to specialists in modern Spanish studies and to clinical psychologists, musicologists, and those with an interest in issues of trauma, memory, and human rights.

Stephanie Sieburth is a professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University.
Title:Survival Songs: Conchita Piquer's 'Coplas' and Franco's Regime of TerrorFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.3 × 6.38 × 1.05 inPublished:July 29, 2014Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Conchita Piquer's Coplas as Psychotherapy

Chapter One: Camouflage: The Psychology of Survival in Franco's Spain

Chapter Two: An Introduction to the Copla and its Star Performer

Chapter Three: Coping with Terror Through Popular Music: 'La Parrala' ('The Wine Lady')

Chapter Four: Paradise Lost: 'Ojos verdes' ('Green Eyes') as Ritual of Separation

Chapter Five: 'Tatuaje' ('Tattoo'), the Unburied Dead, and Complicated Grief

Chapter Six: The 'Other Woman': 'Romance de la otra' as Ritual of Marginalization and Disenfranchised Grief

Chapter Seven: Reasserting Personhood through Popular Song: 'Romance de valentía' ('Ballad of Bravery') and 'La Ruiseñora' ('The Nightingale')

Chapter Eight: When a Radio Song is the Meaning of Life: Mending the Torn Fabric of Identity through Narrative, Music and Interpretation




Editorial Reviews

"A voice, a song, a story - incarnating, as well as articulating, emotional resistance to the existential and psychological threats of trauma, mourning, and terror. Sieburth's compelling and moving exploration, through the multiple lenses of close reading, history, politics, and psychotherapy, allows the defeated once more to break into song, and eloquently restores for us today the muted voices of Franco's 'time of silence.'" - Linda Hutcheon, University Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature, University of Toronto