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Disaster Songs as Intangible Memorials in Atlantic Canada

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ISBN 9781032111209
December 30, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Disaster Songs as Intangible Memorials in Atlantic Canada draws on a collection of over 500 Atlantic Canadian songs relating to disasters from 1891 up until the present, and describes the characteristics that define them as intangible memorials. The book demonstrates the relationship between vernacular memorials – informal memorials collectively and spontaneously created from objects and notes by the general public– and disaster songs. Author identifies the features that define vernacular memorials, and applies them to disaster songs: spontaneity; ephemerality; importance of place; motivations and meaning-making; content, as well as the role of media in inspiring and disseminating memorials and songs.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1


Chapter 2

Formal Memorials, Vernacular Memorials, and Disaster Songs

Chapter 3

Going Down in History: The Story of Disaster Songs

Chapter 4

Locating Meaning: The Place of Disasters in Songs

Chapter 5

Spontaneity & Ephemerality: The Timing of Memorialization

Chapter 6

Social Significance: The Motivation to Create Disaster Songs

Chapter 7

Personal Motivations: Relationships & Grief

Chapter 8

News & Social Media: Inspiring, Informing, and Disseminating Disaster Songs

Chapter 9


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Heather Sparling is Professor at Cape Breton University in Canada.