Music and the Racial Imagination / Edition 1

Music and the Racial Imagination / Edition 1

by Ronald M. Radano
     
 

"A specter lurks in the house of music, and it goes by the name of race," write Ronald Radano and Philip Bohlman in their introduction. Yet the intimate relationship between race and music has rarely been examined by contemporary scholars, most of whom have abandoned it for the more enlightened notions of ethnicity and culture. Here, a distinguished group of

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"A specter lurks in the house of music, and it goes by the name of race," write Ronald Radano and Philip Bohlman in their introduction. Yet the intimate relationship between race and music has rarely been examined by contemporary scholars, most of whom have abandoned it for the more enlightened notions of ethnicity and culture. Here, a distinguished group of contributors confront the issue head on. Representing an unusually broad range of academic disciplines and geographic regions, they critically examine how the imagination of race has influenced musical production, reception, and scholarly analysis, even as they reject the objectivity of the concept itself.

Each essay follows the lead of the substantial introduction, which reviews the history of race in European and American, non-Western and global musics, placing it within the contexts of the colonial experience and the more recent formation of "world music." Offering a bold, new revisionist agenda for musicology in a postmodern, postcolonial world, this book will appeal to students of culture and race across the humanities and social sciences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226702001
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Edition description:
1
Pages:
703
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Music and Race, Their Past, Their Presence1
1The Asian American Body in Performance57
2Ethnifying Rhythms, Feminizing Cultures95
3"Ain't I People?": Voicing National Fantasy113
4"Sexual Pantomimes," the Blues Aesthetic, and Black Women in the New South145
5Race Music: Bo Chatmon, "Corrine Corrina," and the Excluded Middle167
6Mestizaje in the Mix: Chicano Identity, Cultural Politics, and Postmodern Music206
7Performing Decency: Ethnicity and Race in Andean "Mestizo" Ritual Dance231
8Indonesian-Chinese Oppression and the Musical Outcomes in the Netherlands East Indies271
9Ethnic Identity, National Identity, and Music in Indo-Trinidadian Culture318
10Presencing the Past and Remembering the Present: Social Features of Popular Music in Kenya349
11Bela Bartok and the Rise of Comparative Ethnomusicology: Nationalism, Race Purity, and the Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire403
12Racial Projects and Musical Discourses in Trinidad, West Indies435
13Hot Fantasies: American Modernism and the Idea of Black Rhythm459
14Alban Berg, the Jews, and the Anxiety of Genius483
15"Death is a Drum": Rhythm, Modernity, and the Negro Poet Laureate510
16Race, Class, and Musical Nationalism in Zimbabwe554
17Duke Ellington, Black, Brown and Beige, and the Cultural Politics of Race585
18Naming the Illuminati605
19Music Wars: Blood and Song at the End of Yugoslavia622
20The Remembrance of Things Past: Music, Race, and the End of History in Modern Europe644
List of Contributors677
Index681

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