Music, Longing and Belonging: Articulations of the Self and the Other in the Musical Realm

Music, Longing and Belonging: Articulations of the Self and the Other in the Musical Realm

by Magdalena Waligorska-Huhle (Editor)



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Music, Longing and Belonging: Articulations of the Self and the Other in the Musical Realm by Magdalena Waligorska-Huhle

With contributions from musicologists, historians, sociologists, anthropologists and literary scholars, this book provides an interdisciplinary perspective on how different modes of musical sociability - ranging from opera performances to collective singing and internet fan communities - inspire imagined communities that not only transcend national borders, but also challenge the boundaries between the self and the other. While the relationship between music and nationhood has been widely researched, few comparative and transnational studies on music and identity exist. The main focus of this volume, therefore, is on forms of musical belonging not bound by national identity, which take place in contexts of appropriation and displacement. The essays collected here address different modes of musical self-expression through the art of others and frame music as a unique medium of desire, which not only channels the experience of belonging during times of social and political upheaval, but also induces its opposite - non-belonging, detachment and dissent. The book is organized into four sections, each focusing on a different aspect of musical experience: music as a site of cultural appropriation, music as a conduit of transnational identities, its role in diaspora and displacement, and, finally, music as a means of negotiating gendered identities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781443848305
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Pages: 235
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Magdalena Waligorska is a cultural historian and sociologist. She is currently an Assistant Professor of East European History and Culture at Bremen University, Germany. She is the author of Klezmers Afterlife: An Ethnography of the Jewish Music Revival in Poland and Germany (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

List of Tables ix

Acknowledgements x

Introduction Music and the Boundaries of (Non)Belonging Magdalena Waligórska 1

Part 1 Performing the Self, Performing the Other

Chapter 1 Sing With Us, Spend Like Us! Images of Consumption in East European Musical Films during the Cold War War Oksana Sarkisova 12

Chapter 2 Performing Cosmopolitanism: Gogol Bordello and the Global Underdogs Ana Sobral 28

Chapter 3 The North as the Self and the Other: Scandinavian Composers' Symphonies in German Concert Halls around 1900 Katharine Leiska 48

Part 2 Music and Transnational Identities

Chapter 4 Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and the Aesthetics of Pan-Africanism Mario Dunkel 64

Chapter 5 The Mediterranean Style: From Pan-Semitism to Israeli Nationalism Tal Soker 82

Chapter 6 "Between the Jigs and the Reels (in Cyberspace)": Investigating an Irish Traditional Music Online Community Ailbhe Kenny 94

Part 3 Music, Diaspora and Displacement

Chapter 7 Opera as Social Agent: Fostering Italian Identity at the Metropolitan Opera House During the Early Years of Giulio Gatti-Casazza's Management (1908-1910) Davide Ceriani 114

Chapter 8 Manuel M. Ponce's canciones in New York: Mexican Musical Identity and the Mexico Vogue Christina Taylor Gibson 135

Chapter 9 Longing for Belonging in Forced Migration: Musical Recollections of Germans from the Bohemian Lands Ulrike Präger 157

Part 4 Music and Gendered Identity

Chapter 10 "Ya l'babour, ya mon amour": Raï, Rap and the Desire to Escape Heidrun Friese 176

Chapter 11 "As It Echoes South and North": Girls and Boys Singing Identity into the National Landscape Josephine Hoegaerts 202

About the Authors 222

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