Cantaoras: Music, Gender and Identity in Flamenco Song [NOOK Book]

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This book provides an in-depth ethnographic investigation of the greatly underestimated and under appreciated contributions of women singers, the cantaoras, to the creation, transmission and innovation in flamenco song. Situating the study of flamenco in the context of social and political currents that have shaped twentieth-century Spain, and drawing on interviews with the cantaoras themselves, Loren Chuse shows how flamenco is a complex of cultural practices at once musical, physical, verbal and social, ...
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Cantaoras: Music, Gender and Identity in Flamenco Song

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This book provides an in-depth ethnographic investigation of the greatly underestimated and under appreciated contributions of women singers, the cantaoras, to the creation, transmission and innovation in flamenco song. Situating the study of flamenco in the context of social and political currents that have shaped twentieth-century Spain, and drawing on interviews with the cantaoras themselves, Loren Chuse shows how flamenco is a complex of cultural practices at once musical, physical, verbal and social, involving the expression and negotiation of complex multi-layered identities, including notions of Andalusian, regional, gypsy and gender identity. Chuse shows how women are engaged in the formation of flamenco today, and how they respond to the balance and tensions between tradition and innovation. In so doing, she encourages a deeper appreciation of flamenco and initiates new approaches within ethnomusicology, feminist scholarship, flamenco, gender and popular music studies.
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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Andalusian Journey: An Introduction 3
Ch. 2 Traditional and Innovative Musical Practice in Flamenco 31
Ch. 3 Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Cantaoras 57
Ch. 4 Social and Political Conditions for Cantaoras in Twentieth-Century Spain 91
Ch. 5 The Cantaora Today 117
Ch. 6 La Herencia: Traditions of Flamenco in Lebrija and Granada 183
Ch. 7 Women and the Guitarra Flamenca 207
Ch. 8 The Flamenco Copla: Themes, Archetypes, Sterotypes 219
Ch. 9 The Social Construction of Flamenco Identity 251
Ch. 10 Identity, Aesthetics, and Emotion 277
Glossary 301
References 305
Index 311
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