Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality / Edition 1

Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality / Edition 1

by Susan Mcclary
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816641897

ISBN-13: 9780816641895

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

When it was originally published in 1991, Feminine Endings was immediately controversial for its unprecedented intermingling of cultural criticism and musical studies, an approach that came to be called "the New Musicology." Through case studies of works ranging from the canonical-operas by Monteverdi and Bizet-to the contemporary-the performance art of…  See more details below

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When it was originally published in 1991, Feminine Endings was immediately controversial for its unprecedented intermingling of cultural criticism and musical studies, an approach that came to be called "the New Musicology." Through case studies of works ranging from the canonical-operas by Monteverdi and Bizet-to the contemporary-the performance art of Diamanda Galás and popular songs by Madonna-Susan McClary focuses on the ways music produces images of gender, desire, pleasure, and the body, and explores the gender-based metaphors that circulate in discourse about music. The now classic work features a new introduction that discusses the critical reception it received and the debates it has inspired.

Susan McClary, professor of musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles, specializes in the cultural criticism of music, both the European canon and contemporary popular genres. Her most recent book is Conventional Wisdom: The Content of Musical Form (2000).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816641895
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
945,228
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Feminine Endings in Retrospect
1Introduction: A Material Girl in Bluebeard's Castle3
2Constructions of Gender in Monteverdi's Dramatic Music35
3Sexual Politics in Classical Music53
4Excess and Frame: The Musical Representation of Madwomen80
5Getting Down Off the Beanstalk: The Presence of a Woman's Voice in Janika Vandervelde's Genesis II112
6This Is Not a Story My People Tell: Musical Time and Space According to Laurie Anderson132
7Living to Tell: Madonna's Resurrection of the Fleshly148
Notes169
Index213

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