Eleanor Smith's Hull House Songs

The Music of Protest and Hope in Jane Addams's Chicago


In Eleanor Smith’s Hull House Songs: The Music of Protest and Hope in Jane Addams’s Chicago, the authors republish Hull House Songs (1916), together with critical commentary. Hull-House Songs contains five politically engaged compositions written by the Hull-House music educator, Eleanor Smith. The commentary that accompanies the folio includes an examination of Smith’s poetic sources and musical influences; a study of Jane Addams’s aesthetic theories; and a complete history of the arts at Hull-House. Through this focus upon aesthetic and cultural programs at Hull-House, the authors identify the external, and internalized, forces of domination (class position, racial identity, patriarchal disenfranchisement) that limited the work of the Hull-House women, while also recovering the sometimes hidden emancipatory possibilities of their legacy.

With an afterword by Jocelyn Zelasko.

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Graham Cassano is an associate professor of sociology at Oakland University. He received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 1991. He is the author of A New Kind of Public: Community, Solidarity, and Political Economy in New Deal Cinema, 1935-1948 (Brill, 2014).

Rima Lunin Schultz’s website, Urban Experience in Chicago: Hull-House and Its Neighborhoods 1889-1963 interprets the history of Jane Addams’s settlement house. Formerly assistant director at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, she is the editor, with Adele Hast, of Women Building Chicago 1790 1990: A Biographical Dictionary (Indiana University Press, 2001).

Jessica Payette is an associate professor of musicology at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in musicology and humanities from Stanford University in 2008. Her publications focus on fin-de-siècle Vienna and twentieth-century opera and ballet.
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Introductory Note, Jessica Payette, Graham Cassano, and Rima Lunin Schultz
Hull House Songs by Eleanor Smith (Reproduction of 1915 Folio published by Clayton F. Summy Co.)

1. Hull House Songs and the “Public”, Graham Cassano and Jessica Payette

2. Hull House Songs and Jane Addams’s Political Aesthetic, Graham Cassano

3. Eleanor Smith’s Operettas for Children, Jessica Payette

4. Eleanor Smith and Her Circle: Female Patronage, Cultural Production, and Friendship at Hull-House, Rima Lunin Schultz

5. Cultural Pedagogy at Hull-House: Shaping Ethical Behavior through Performance, Rima Lunin Schultz

6. Democratizing Culture and Mediating Class: The Arts at Hull-House, 1889–1945, Rima Lunin Schultz

7. Hull-House and ‘Jim Crow’, Rima Lunin Schultz

Afterword: Eleanor Smith’s Hull House Songs: A Singer’s Perspective, Jocelyn Zelasko

Appendix: Libretto for The Trolls’ Holiday by Harriet Monroe

All interested in the history of American music, early twentieth-century women composers, and anyone concerned with the sociology of the arts, and with the history of Hull-House in Chicago.
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