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Embodied Voices : Representing Female Vocality in Western Culture - Leslie C. Dunn

Embodied Voices

Representing Female Vocality in Western Culture

By: Leslie C. Dunn (Editor), Nancy A. Jones (Editor)

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Published: 3rd February 1997
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Embodied Voices explores cultural manifestations of feminine vocality in the light of current theories of subjectivity, the body, and sexual difference. The voice has been endlessly fascinating to artists and critics, yet it i s the voices of women that have inspired the greatest fascination, because the female voice signifies sexual and cultural power. The fourteen essays in this book examine a wide spectrum of discourses, including myth, literature, music, film, psychoanalysis and critical theory.

'... a stimulating book which keeps its focus true despite the almost perverse range of subject matter ... [a] dizzying intellectual switchback.' The Musical Times '... this book makes a bold step in addressing, not least, the future of musicological discourse; namely, whether and how to (dis)locate the boundaries between the musical and the 'extra-musical'. Thus, it should excite anyone interested in the fundamental issue of the meaning of music in our culture.' Brio

Introduction
Vocality, Textuality, and the Silencing of the Female Voice
The Gorgon and the nightingale: the voice of female lament and Pindar's Twelfth Pythian Ode
Music and the maternal voice in Purgatorio XIX
Ophelia's songs in Hamlet: music, madness and the feminine
Wordsworth and Romantic voice: the poet's song and the prostitute's cry
Anxieties of Audition
'No women are indeed': the boy actor as vocal seductress in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century drama
Deriding the voice of Jeanette MacDonald: notes on psychoanalysis and the American film musical
Adorno and the Sirens: tele-phono-graphic bodies
Women Artists: Vocality and Cultural Authority
The diva doesn't die: George Eliot's Armgart
Rewriting Ophelia: fluidity, madness, and the voice in Louise Colet's La Servante
Staring the camera down: direct address and women's voices
The voice of lament: female vocality and performative efficacy in the Finnish-Karelian itkuvirsi
Maternal Voices
The lyrical dimensions of spirituality: music, voice, and language in the novels of Toni Morrison
Red hot mamas: Bessie Smith, Sophie Tucker, and the ethnic maternal voice in American popular song
Maternalism and the material girl
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ISBN: 9780521585835
ISBN-10: 052158583X
Series: New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 3rd February 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 14.88  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.44