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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

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Like the divine, divas, it seems, are omnipresent. 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. The Diva's Mouth: Bodies, Voice, and Prima Donna Politics examines how and why, from the eighteenth century to the present, divas have been talked about with so much passion and written up, down, and over with so much ambiguity and contradiction. The book 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 the authors') own. Finally, it examines how and why pop and "pomo" singers, like Madonna, Annie Lennox, and Diamanda Galas, in very explicit ways both flirt with and fling off the fantasy of the woman with a voice. In this very witty and highly readable book, the authors tell everything you always wanted to know and make you want to know even more about the diva.

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
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5