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Torch Singing : Performing Resistance and Desire from Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf - Stacy Holman Jones

Torch Singing

Performing Resistance and Desire from Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf


Published: 1st March 2007
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In this innovative book, Stacy Holman Jones presents torch singing as a much more complicated phenomenon than the familiar trope of a woman lamenting her victimhood. With an ethnographer's eye, she observes the bluesy torch singers, asking if they are possibly performing critiques of the very lyrics they sing. From this perspective, we see the singer giving expression not not only to desire but also to an incipient determination to resist and change. Holman Jones also reveals points of contact in the opposition between spectators and performers, emotion and intellect, and love and power. Instead of interpreting the expression of love as a woman's violent mistake--as willing deception and passive fate--Holman Jones allows us to hear an active search for hope.

This is a powerful, richly nuanced, evocative work; a stunning and brilliantly innovative pedagogical intervention. It provides ground zero--the starting place for the next generation of performance scholars who study desire, intimacy, the stories we tell ourselves about who we are, torch singers, love's wounds, healing and hearing new musical sounds, lyrics for torching, new ways of writing and breathing our selves into being.--Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Interpreter of liesp. 1
The scene of desirep. 5
Sing me a torch songp. 11
The way you haunt my dreamsp. 31
Hearing voicesp. 67
Love's woundsp. 103
Hopeful opennessp. 139
Circular breathingp. 167
Music for torchingp. 187
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ISBN: 9780759106598
ISBN-10: 0759106592
Series: Ethnographic Alternatives
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 217
Published: 1st March 2007
Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.53 x 15.57  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.37