Avant-garde art is often thought of as having a revolutionary potential. This article proposes that sometimes, however, it is the affect-driven, common side of culture that initiates historical, cultural and social change. The Estonian Singing Revolution between 1987 and 1991 strikes as an example of cliché-driven sentimentalism that contributes to political change. In this article, we rethink kitsch not as a negative concept, but as politically productive through contemplating on its affective powers in creating a sense of a nation. We do so through providing an example of how some musical aspects of the Singing Revolution were important parts of affective nation building to gain independence from the Soviet Union.
|Journal||JOURNAL OF BALTIC STUDIES|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2022|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|