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Representations of gender in Barbara Pentland’s Disasters of the Sun Tilley, Janette Marie

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This thesis examines Barbara Pentland's relationship with feminist and gender issues as explored in her 1976 song cycle Disasters of the Sun. The first half of this thesis provides biographical information and some of Pentland's thoughts on being a woman composer in Canada. It briefly examines the collaboration between Pentland and the poet Dorothy Livesay and their relationship with the feminist movement in Canada. The latter half of this study is devoted to a detailed analysis of the seven songs in the cycle.

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