Samantha Noonan Blog Post No. 5

Dorf and Moore’s articles are interesting to say the least.  Their arguments surround the topic of how a person’s sexuality impacts the music he or she composes or performs.  I can’t help but look at their writings with very skeptical lenses.  I knew that Poulenc was...

Grand Opera House in Paris, France (Palais Garnier)

When signing up for essay prompts I jumped to pick a subject of which I was interested.  As I am a vocal performance major and am interested in opera, I decided to write my second paper on the subject of the Grand Opera House in Paris, France in 1920s.  In a  more...

Negrophilia – Noonan Blog Post No. 3

Negrophilia was the surrounding phenomenon in Paris during the twenties.  This fascination with Black culture swept the city and impacted nearly every aspect of social life for the average Parisian.  A large contributor to Negrophilia was Josephine Baker and her...

Josephine Baker

The task of finding sources of research for Josephine Baker is a fairly simple task.  What is so challenging about gathering information about this dancer is finding what is truly important.  In other words, finding a specific aspect about Baker and focusing on that...

Samantha Noonan Post #1

Gumbrecht provides an interesting observation about racial culture and Paris’s craze over exotic dances and songs.  For example, he uses Josephine Baker to emphasize how her movements and nakedness fascinates the public.  According to Gumbrecht, Baker’s performances...