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Charles Ives in the MirrorAmerican Histories of an Iconic Composer$
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David C. Paul

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037498

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037498.001.0001

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The Prison of Culture

The Prison of Culture

Ives, American Studies, and Intellectual History, 1965–1985

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Charles Ives in the Mirror

David C. Paul

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the contributions made by “bright young academicians” to discourse about Charles E. Ives during the period 1965–1985. More specifically, it considers the impact that historians who worked under the “American Studies” rubric had on Ives's reception. The chapter first provides an overview of the 1965 premiere of Ives's Fourth Symphony before discussing the 1974 centenary celebrations of his birth. It then explores the convergence of Cold War politics and Ives's reception, along with the structure and assumptions of the field of intellectual history and its connection to American Studies. It also analyzes Ives's influence on American Studies and intellectual history and describes an approach that calls for a rethinking of America and of history “from the bottom up.” The chapter concludes with an assessment of Ives's prospects in American Studies in the late 1970s.

Keywords:   intellectual history, Charles E. Ives, Fourth Symphony, centenary celebrations, Cold War politics, reception, American Studies, historians

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