Passion of Music and Dance: Body, Gender and Sexuality

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The late nineteenth century witnessed the birth and popularization of a number of highly emotional musical styles that played on the eagerness of modern Europeans and Americans to toy with the limits of sanity and to taste the ecstasies of living on the edge. This absorbing book explores these popular, passionate musical styles — which include flamenco, tango and rebetika — and points out that they arose as well-intentioned intellectuals co-opted the emotional experiences most closely associated with women. In ...

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Overview

The late nineteenth century witnessed the birth and popularization of a number of highly emotional musical styles that played on the eagerness of modern Europeans and Americans to toy with the limits of sanity and to taste the ecstasies of living on the edge. This absorbing book explores these popular, passionate musical styles — which include flamenco, tango and rebetika — and points out that they arose as well-intentioned intellectuals co-opted the emotional experiences most closely associated with women. In drawing those experiences out of female practice, they defined, objectified, and turbaned them into strategies of domination, the deepest impact of which was felt, ironically, by modern women.

In bridging anthropology, sociology, cultural, media, body and gender studies, this book broadens the base of theory which has ignored the transnational world of Latin and Mediterranean popular culture and makes a powerful statement about the intersection of nationalism, sexuality, identity and authenticity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859739044
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

William Washabaugh is a Professor of Anthropology, at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
1 Introduction: Music, Dance, and the Politics of Passion 1
2 Flamenco Song: Clean and Dirty 27
3 Fashioning Masculinity in Flamenco Dance 39
4 Gendering the Authentic in Spanish Flamenco 51
5 Carlos Gardel and the Argentine Tango: The Lyric of Social Irresponsibility and Male Inadequacy 63
6 Tango and the Scandal of Homosocial Desire 79
7 From Wallflowers to Femmes Fatales: Tango and the Performance of Passionate Femininity 103
8 Rebetika: The Double-descended Deep Songs of Greece 111
9 The Tsifte-teli Sermon: Identity, Theology, and Gender in Rebetika 127
10 Passionless Dancing and Passionate Reform: Respectability, Modernism, and the Social Dancing of Irene and Vernon Castle 133
11 Social Theory and the Comparative History of Flamenco, Tango, and Rebetika 151
References 173
Index 189
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2000

    The Passion...

    I may be inclined to like this book strictly because the editor is one of my professors. In all reality though, this is a well rounded look into gender issues within Flamenco, Tango and Rebetika. The articles are clear, well written and obviously from sources of knowledge. I am using this as a text book in a class on Politics, gender and nationalism in music, and it has been invaluable. I definately recommend! A nice look into Tango Flamenco and Rebetika.

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