Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cajun BreakdownThe Emergence of an American Made Music$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ryan André Brasseaux

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195343069

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 17 June 2019

Becoming the Folk

Becoming the Folk

Chapter:
(p.91) 4 Becoming the Folk
Source:
Cajun Breakdown
Author(s):

Ryan André Brasseaux

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.003.0005

This chapter deconstructs Cajuns’, and Cajun music’s, folk categorization. It analyzes three separate interpretations of folk culture as espoused by influential public intellectuals. Alan and John Lomax’s famed ethnographic folklore excursions through the American South, with a focus on the individuals and cultural contexts that informed the Depression era Cajun musical landscape, open the chapter. The first Cajun musicians to perform on a national stage at Sarah Gertrude Knott’s National Folk Festival are also included in this study as an example of Cajun music’s attachment to contemporary trends in the public consumption of folklore and the genre’s attachment to the American national project. William Owens’ little know field excursions are then used to demonstrate the perpetuation of Cajun music’ folk categorization.

Keywords:   folklore, folk music, National Folk Festival, Sarah Gertrude Knott, Alan Lomax, John Lomax, field recording, Texas Centennial, William Owens, Irene Whitfield, ethnography, folk song, ballad, Lauren Post, bilingual, French, Great Depression, salvage ethnography

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .