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Bailey receives NHC Fellowship, AAS Fellowship

Thursday, May 30, 2019  

Candace Bailey is the recipient of a National Humanities Center Fellowship (Mellon-HBCU Fellowship) for her book project entitled Women, Music, and the Performance of Gentility in the Mid-Nineteenth Century South. This project considers music and sites of musical practice as spaces of cultural production and demonstrates how southern women musicians were adept manipulators of gendered cultural codes of music as they participated in performance culture. Women used musical practice as a form of cultural capital that allowed them to define or redefine their status during a time of great social change. A significant number of southern women lived in circumstances that challenge prevailing ideas about who performed what during the mid-century. Through an investigation of music as both “ideal” accomplishment and “real” practice in rural and urban communities, Bailey argues against a simplified homogeneous narrative of American women and music in the nineteenth-century South and replaces it with a nuanced examination of Southern women, both white and of color, and their music-making.

Candace Bailey is also the inaugural recipient of the Kate Van Winkle Keller Fellowship for Research in Early American Music and Dance at the American Antiquarian Society (funded in part by the Society for American Music). During her time at the AAS, Bailey will investigate the papers of Georgina Holmes Thomas, C. G. Bartlett and Catherine Dean Flint, seeking intersections between their binder's volumes and other materials. She will also be looking into binder's volumes that belonged to men, currently housed in the collection.