Noriko Manabe, 15 October 2015

Title of the Talk: Intertexuality in Protest Music Post-3.11

When? Thursday 15 October 2015 (17:00-18:30)

Where? The Barn at St John’s College (Kendrew Quad)

Speaker: Noriko Manabe (Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Princeton University)

Abstract: Many protest songs throughout history have referred to pre-existing works. This intertextuality has particular utility in Japan: the media censors itself, making it difficult to address the nuclear issue directly. Starting from Genette and considering global examples, Manabe formulates a typology of intertextuality in political situations: hypertextual (large-scale) approaches including covers (often with changed lyrics), hip-hop remakes, mash-ups, remixes, and known allegorical narratives; shorter quotations; paratextual practices; and architextual style adoption. These are combined with co-occurring indexes of the present issue. She also discusses the success or failure of intertextual techniques depending on the space in which they are performed.

Speaker Biography: Noriko Manabe is Assistant Professor of Musicology in the Department of Music at Princeton University, where she is also associated faculty in the Department of East Asian Studies, Program in Latin American Studies, and Program in American Studies. She is also a Research Associate in the Department of Music at SOAS in London. Her interests center on 1) music, politics, and social movements; 2) language, text setting, and meaning; and 3) technology and the music industry. She works primarily in popular music, especially in Japan and Latin America. She received a Ph.D. from CUNY Graduate Center with concentrations in both ethnomusicology and music theory, and her methods pair ethnography with musical analysis. Her research is interdisciplinary, drawing from political science, sociology, urban studies, literary studies, linguistics, media studies, and anthropology.

Convenor: Jason Stanyek (Associate Professor; Fellow and Tutor, St. John’s College)

Free admission – Open to the public. A drinks reception will follow the talk.


Event hosted as part of the Seminar in Ethnomusicology and Sound Studies Series, based at St John’s College, University of Oxford.

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