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I Don’t Play the Guitar for Applause: Turning the World Upside Down

  • Alejandro Escobar Mundaca
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Abstract

Violeta Parra’s music is well known as an alternative form of critical activism. The existing literature, however, has focused mainly on its textual content and not necessarily on how some of this discursive criticism might be conveyed within her production as a whole. Consequently, this entry explores whether it is possible to find other elements of protest beyond the words being sung. Parra’s political ideology is examined as a means to assess the relationship between songs, visual art, and poetry. Using a musical organization that relies on a critical device known as the world turned upside down, this essay contends that Parra translates criticism poetically into the song “El pueblo” [The people].

Keywords

Violeta Parra Politics Cold War Neruda The world turned upside down 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alejandro Escobar Mundaca
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  1. 1.University of SussexBrightonUK

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