Melting the Venusberg: A Feminist Theology of Music

Melting the Venusberg: A Feminist Theology of Music

by Heidi Epstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826416489

ISBN-13: 9780826416483

Pub. Date: 10/20/2004

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Epstein presents what she characterizes as an initial, by no means definitive, reconceptualization of music's theological significance in feminist terms, contributing to the ongoing conversation among religionists and theologians about music's sacred uses and meanings. While not addressing musicologists directly, she hopes they might benefit from the nascent

Overview

Epstein presents what she characterizes as an initial, by no means definitive, reconceptualization of music's theological significance in feminist terms, contributing to the ongoing conversation among religionists and theologians about music's sacred uses and meanings. While not addressing musicologists directly, she hopes they might benefit from the nascent interconnections she makes between Christian musical ethics and aesthetics on the one hand, and New Musicology's multivalent studies of gender in music on the other. She begins by critiquing masculinist theologies of music, then looks at feminist approaches in such terms as redemptive transgression and new icons of abjection. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826416483
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
10/20/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgementsxi
Introduction: "Musing the Obscure": The Problem of Music and Meaning1
Part 1Critique of Masculinist Theologies of Music
Chapter 1Phallic Rage for Order: Traditional Theologies of Music11
Chapter 2Sexing the Semitone: Music's Historical Engendering32
Chapter 3"Inebriate Bewitchment": Harmony's Eternal Return70
Part 2Feminist Reconstruction
Chapter 4Critical Counterpoint: Arpeggiating a Feminist Theology of Music119
Chapter 5Twisted Sisters' Theological Grist: Music as Redemptive Transgression140
Chapter 6"Foul Ooze": New Icons of Abjection160
Da Capo: "Sing for Our Time Too": Future Theologies of Attunement185
Works Cited188
Index197

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