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Title: 'To show from where I came' : Cool Cymru, pop and national identity in Wales during the 1990's
Author: Edwards, Rebecca Jayne
Awarding Body: Swansea University
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis examines the relationship between pop music and national identity in Wales in the 1990s; of how markers of national identity were evident in the music, performance, presentation and discourse of Welsh pop. It argues that popular culture, and especially pop music, are absent from much scholarly writing on national identity, and that this should be redressed to enable understanding of how national identity manifests outside of state and sporting occasions. It explores the origin of Cool Cymru - a label that was used as shorthand for descriptions of change in Wales, including political, economic and cultural elements-in the press. It further examines how pop was used as a signifier of change by a number of players including politicians, commentators, marketing boards, television producers, playwrights and film makers. It discusses the complex reaction that the label elicited, particularly from the bands that were frequently associated with it. The evidence collected has come from a wide range of sources, including press archives, film, radio and television programmes, oral testimony and a close examination of Welsh pop itself and the discourse that surrounded it.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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