Disaster Songs as Intangible Memorials in Atlantic Canada
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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
Formal Memorials, Vernacular Memorials, and Disaster Songs
Going Down in History: The Story of Disaster Songs
Locating Meaning: The Place of Disasters in Songs
Spontaneity & Ephemerality: The Timing of Memorialization
Social Significance: The Motivation to Create Disaster Songs
Personal Motivations: Relationships & Grief
News & Social Media: Inspiring, Informing, and Disseminating Disaster Songs
Heather Sparling is Professor at Cape Breton University in Canada.