"Good-bye Broadway, Hello Montréal" : traduction, appropriation et création de chansons populaires canadiennes-françaises dans les années 1920

Authors: Bouliane, Sandria P.
Advisor: Lacasse, Serge
Other Title(s): Goodbye Broadway, Hello Montréal
Abstract: The overall objective of this thesis is to contribute to the development of knowledge on cultural and musical life in the 1920s. Based on the work of Roméo Beaudry, a repertoire of songs typically associated with the culture of the United States can serve as a milestone in the history of the French-Canadian popular song. In this regard, the first two chapters describe the locations of song production and reception with a focus on the role of music distribution. Habit changes at the beginning of the twentieth century would have a significant impact on the development of relations between auditors, works, reception venues and media. Chapter 1 describes how these relations have shaken geographical, language and generic boundaries while increasing musical diversity and offering a wider music circulation. Chapter 2 suggests that dynamic and complex factors such as leisure time and listening habits may have altered the reception of popular songs. The plurality of locations and medias also contributed to the formation of a heterogeneous public. Noting the abundance of popular music in the United States and the numerous songs translated into French, the second part of the thesis shows that this imposing repertoire can mean something other than Americanization, something other than a form of assimilation. In Chapter 3, translation, literature and musicology studies provide analysis models that allow the identification of the transformation process leading to a song’s translation. The adaptation of Gérard Genette’s transtextuality shows that the transposition of a text and the transcription of a melody may maintain or radically change the meaning of a song. In Chapter 4, the model is applied on three specific songs. At the outcome, Beaudry is defined as an important player in the world of French-Canadian popular songs and it is shown how translation and imitation can lead to a creative appropriation of a work reflecting both local and continental cultures.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2013
Open Access Date: 19 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/24429
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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