Colvin, Michael. Fado and the Urban Poor in Portuguese Cinema of the 1930s and 1940s. Tamesis, 2016.

Lila Ellen Gray


This volume nuances a foundational maxim of Lisbon fado, namely, that it acquired class mobility via nineteenth-century prostitute-fadista Maria Severa (from the hardscrabble neighborhood of Mouraria) and her liaison with a member of the nobility.

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