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Mainland Torres Strait Islander songwriters and the 'magical islands' of the Torres Strait : songs as identity narratives

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by C Lawe-Davies, Karl Neuenfeldt
Islands are not only physical places; they can also be metaphorical spaces for connecting with cultural and social origins, especially for diasporic populations separated by time, place and situation from their origins (Hall, 1990). In some cases, they may become 'magical islands' - that is, more imagined than real, more idealized than objectively examined. To quote E. M. Forster (1936: 48): 'In the heart ofeach man there is contrived, by desperate devices, a magical island.' Music is one means of artistic expression that can help construct such magical, metaphorical spaces.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Editor

Dawe K

Start Page

137

End Page

152

Number of Pages

16

ISBN-10

185973703X

Publisher

Berg

Place of Publication

Oxford

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Informatics and Communication; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Number of Chapters

10

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