A broad scope and lost information in our papers

When I look back on this class, trying to figure out what exactly I have accomplished, I am always drawn back to one of the first assigned readings, Gumbrecht’s In 1926: Living at the Edge of Time. The book attempted to look at history as if through a...

Dorf’s argument for “hidden eroticism”

Both Dorf and Moore’s queer readings of Satie and Poulenc find that their music was informed by the lives that were carefully hidden from the public eye, claiming that the music itself contains a kind of hidden sexuality as well. Dorf looks at Satie’s...

Cultural respect, then and now

1920’s Parisians loved African American culture in some way: a love called “Negrophilia.” All of the readings focused on Josephine Baker’s dancing and performance and the public’s fascination with her. To them, she represented their...

Fact and opinion in primary sources

  Serge Koussevitzky, a conductor originally from Russia, had the height of his career in the United States, conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. However, for a period in the 1920’s he conducted his Concerts Koussevitzky in Paris, where he commissioned...