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The Diva's Mouth : Body, Voice, Prima Donna Politics - Susan J. Leonardi

The Diva's Mouth

Body, Voice, Prima Donna Politics


Published: 1st November 1996
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From the Sirens to Madonna, from castrati to Callas, from opera stage to drag shows to TV commercials, from George Eliot to writers of detective fiction, the diva has been worshipped, feared, maligned, parodied, and appropriated. This text examines how and why, from the 18th century to the present, divas have been talked about with so much passion and written about with such ambiguity and contradiction. It explores the myriad roles the diva plays in masculinist, feminist, and "queer" imaginations - in opera itself and in other fictions, films, and fantasies - including the divas' and authors' own. Finally, it examines how and why pop singers like Madonna and Annie Lennox, in very explicit ways, flirt with, fling off, and fulfil the fantasy of the woman with a voice.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Program Notesp. 1
Overturep. 11
Pieces and Breechesp. 24
Singing His Mind Awayp. 48
Divas in a Different Keyp. 73
Diva Truths, Diva Lies, Diva Livesp. 116
Divas, Death, and Detectivesp. 146
Divas Do the Moviesp. 175
The Diva's Mouth: A Comic Interludep. 197
Express Yourselvesp. 205
Diamanda Galasp. 228
Coda: Dream Divas, Diva Dreamsp. 243
Notesp. 247
Works Citedp. 271
Indexp. 283
About the Authorsp. 295
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ISBN: 9780813523040
ISBN-10: 0813523044
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 325
Published: 1st November 1996
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.5