La mujer que no canta no es … ¡ni mujer española!: folklore and gender in the earlier Franco regime

Moreda Rodriguez, E. (2012) La mujer que no canta no es … ¡ni mujer española!: folklore and gender in the earlier Franco regime. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 89(6), pp. 627-644. (doi:10.3828/bhs.2012.48)

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As a conservative, Catholic regime with fascist influences, Francisco Franco's dictatorship confined Spanish women primarily to the domestic sphere and subordination to men. However, folk music activities organized by the Sección Femenina were indeed a national conscience-building programme which gave women a political role in the construction of the nation. Through the examination of speeches and publications of the Sección Femenina and musical criticism in the period 1939-1953, this article explores how the involvement of women in traditional music was used to overcome two of the main fears of the regime: separatism and modernity. The article will also show how the discourse changed to accommodate new political and diplomatic circumstances in the late 1940s, when female folk music performers were used as cultural ambassadors.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Spanish music, Spain, Franco regime, folklore, gender, dance
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Moreda Rodriguez, Dr Eva
Authors: Moreda Rodriguez, E.
Subjects:M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Journal Name:Bulletin of Hispanic Studies
ISSN (Online):1478-3398
Published Online:19 September 2012

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