Les enjeux d'une esthétique du flamenco : étude analytique et critique du duende

Abstract : This dissertation aims to make intelligible the powerful aesthetic experience called duende in flamenco. On the one hand, its irrational and idiosyncratic nature is viewed as an inexpressible reality designated by a term beyond translation. On the other hand, flamenco is a hybrid genre of art with ill-defined boundaries. It thrives on singing, instrumental music and dance, mixing popular and scholarly cultures spontaneously within a highly codified framework of communication. This triggers questions on the nature of flamenco as an art form, such as how it defines a cultural identity as well as the relations between representation, norms and practices that mutually influence each other. Since the beginning, flamenco has suffered from numerous myths and stereotypes originating from collective common thought, artistic practice or flamencology. The representation of an intense, instinctive and wild art defined by its excessiveness has long been stamped in the common knowledge as a proof of “purity”. This short-sighted and simplistic perception has thus imposed serious limitations on a rational analysis of the duende. It appears that the study of duende leads to flamenco and vice versa even if both are, so far, rather poorly defined concepts. How, then, to approach the study of flamenco through a seemingly elusive phenomenon, and how, in return, to approach the duende through art with indistinct contours? The necessary working hypothesis is then to use a flexible definition of the concept of duende, which allows for the possibility of a unifying concept for some of the majors' stakes of the flamenco.
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Anne-Sophie Riegler. Les enjeux d'une esthétique du flamenco : étude analytique et critique du duende. Philosophie. PSL Research University, 2018. Français. ⟨NNT : 2018PSLEE010⟩. ⟨tel-01881794⟩

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