Kendra Preston Leonard


Nostalgia and Cultural Memory in Scoring for The General (1927)

I’ll be presenting a paper on “Nostalgia and Cultural Memory in Scoring for [Buster Keaton’s] The General (1927)” at the AMS-Midwest meeting, 23-24 September 2017 at Roosevelt University.

I’ll be talking about race, post-war depictions of the American South in popular entertainment, the use of Southern-signifying music, and more of current relevance. This is a portion of the essay I’m working on for the 2018 Society for American Music seminar on Music and American Cultural Memory.