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Title: Colonial Music, Confraternities, and Power in the Archdiocese of Lima
Author(s): Young, Kydalla E.
Director of Research: Hill, John W.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Hill, John W.
Doctoral Committee Member(s): Bashford, Christina; Buchanan, Donna A.; Ward, Thomas R.
Department / Program: Music
Discipline: Musicology
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Peru colonial Andes Spanish colonies Catholic Church confraternity
Abstract: My dissertation studies the intersections of colonial Spanish ecclesiastical and secular hegemonic orthodoxy, subaltern heterodoxy, the confraternity as an institutional nexus of these competing forces, and the musical expressions thereof in the Archdiocese of Lima, particularly during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. All strata of society, from slave to viceroy, gathered in confraternities, which could serve as institutions of both church control and the conservation of “pagan” traditions, and which contributed the greater portion of musical activities during the yearly religious festivals. These festivals, in turn, formed one of the principal contexts for public displays of colonial positions of power. My dissertation, through the lenses of confraternities and their musical life, explores power and cultural traditions in the archdiocese as an exemplar of how these forces operated throughout the Spanish American colonies, challenging a retroactive, historically inappropriate narrative of unilateral Spanish domination, racial essentialism, and homogenization of subaltern groups.
Issue Date: 2010-08-20
Rights Information: Copyright 2010 Kydalla Etheyo Young
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-08-20
Date Deposited: 2010-08

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