Practical Criticism No. 63—Waltzing to War

In Episode 63 of the Podcast for Social Research’s “Practical Criticism Series,” Ajay Singh Chaudhary plays “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda,” as covered by The Pogues, for Rebecca Ariel Porte, who, as usual, doesn’t know what the sonic object of the week will be. Their conversation covers resonances between World War I and our own historical moment, uses and abuses of nationalism, internationalism, periphery and metropole, proxy wars, balladry, pastiche, trauma, missed opportunities, disillusionment, and propaganda.

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Practical Criticism No. 63—Waltzing to War
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