“Style Is Just the Man Himself”

Veit Erlmann

in Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780195123678
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868797 | DOI:
“Style Is Just the Man Himself”

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This chapter focuses on the life stories of key members of the African Choir, such as Paul Xiniwe and Charlotte Manye. Written by the subjects themselves, these autobiographical sketches illustrate the fact that the making of modern colonial subjects was primarily a matter of self-authorization and self-stylization. By narrating their own selves, the choristers drew on modern templates of self-making provided by the bourgeois nation-state, and on more traditional models inspired by heroic poetry.

Keywords: biography; autobiography; identity; selfhood; modernity; allegory; empire; colonialism; Paul Xiniwe; Charlotte Manye

Chapter.  12846 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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