Adam Smith and the Dark Nightingale: On Twentieth-Century Sentimentalism

2006 Twentieth-Century Music  
AbstractThis article reconsiders sentimentalism in the light of the writings of Adam Smith and the career of Abd al-Halim Hafiz, Egypt's 'Dark Nightingale' and film-star crooner of the 1950s and 60s. It explores competing representations of emotionality, the limits of enchantment, and the contemporary politics of nostalgia and melodrama in Egyptian public culture. Eighteenth-century sentimental theory provides a critical and productive angle on twentieth-century popular musical culture, angles
more » ... al culture, angles that this paper explores by imagining Adam Smith watching Abd al-Halim Hafiz's first film,Lahn al-Wafā'(1955).
doi:10.1017/s1478572207000461 fatcat:inrx2oldvnb2bjlkn6camgbk5a