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Rethinking Difference in Music Scholarship


Olivia Bloechl, Melanie Lowe, Suzanne G. Cusick, Bonnie Gordon, Heather Hadlock, Judy Tsou, Sindhumathi Revuluri, Ellie M. Hisama, Judith Peraino, Charles Hiroshi Garrett, Nina Sun Eidsheim, Gary Tomlinson, Jairo Moreno
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  • Publication planned for: August 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108733236

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  • Two decades after the publication of several landmark scholarly collections on music and difference, musicology has largely accepted difference-based scholarship. This collection of essays by distinguished contributors is a major contribution to this field, covering the key issues and offering an array of individual case studies and methodologies. It also grapples with the changed intellectual landscape since the 1990s. Criticism of difference-based knowledge has emerged from within and outside the discipline, and musicology has had to confront new configurations of difference in a changing world. This book addresses these and other such challenges in a wide-ranging theoretical introduction that situates difference within broader debates over recognition and explores alternative frameworks, such as redistribution and freedom. Voicing a range of perspectives on these issues, this collection reveals why differences and similarities among people matter for music and musical thought.

    • Reviews and reframes the debate on difference in music scholarship, introducing the literature in an accessible way
    • Covers a wide range of musical styles from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, including Western classical, popular, and folk music
    • Features a diverse variety of perspectives on difference-based scholarship from international contributors
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    • Publication planned for: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108733236
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 mm
    • weight: 0.716kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 49 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Notes on contributors
    1. Introduction: rethinking difference Olivia Bloechl, with Melanie Lowe
    2. He said, she said? Men hearing women in Medicean Florence Suzanne G. Cusick
    3. Race, empire, and early music Olivia Bloechl
    4. What Mr Jefferson didn't hear Bonnie Gordon
    5. Difference and Enlightenment in Haydn's instrumental music Melanie Lowe
    6. Different masculinities: androgyny, effeminacy, and sentiment in Rossini's La donna del lago Heather Hadlock
    7. Composing racial difference in Madama Butterfly: tonal language and the power of Cio-Cio-San Judy Tsou
    8. Maurice Ravel's Chants populaires and the exotic within Sindhumathi Revuluri
    9. 'Diving into the Earth': the musical worlds of Julius Eastman Ellie M. Hisama
    10. Synthesizing difference: the queer circuits of early synthpop Judith Peraino
    11. 'Pranksta rap': humor as difference in hip hop Charles Hiroshi Garrett
    12. Race and the aesthetics of vocal timbre Nina Sun Eidsheim
    13. Beneath difference: or, humanistic evolutionism Gary Tomlinson
    14. Difference unthought Jairo Moreno

  • Editors

    Olivia Bloechl, University of California, Los Angeles
    Olivia Bloechl is an Associate Professor in the Department of Musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Native American Song at the Frontiers of Early Modern Music (Cambridge, 2008) and Opera and the Political Imaginary in Old Regime France (2018), which was supported by an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship.

    Melanie Lowe, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
    Melanie Lowe is Associate Professor of Musicology at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee. The author of Pleasure and Meaning in the Classical Symphony (2007), she is widely published on Haydn and other eighteenth-century subjects, topic theory, music in American media, teen-pop culture, and music history pedagogy.

    Jeffrey Kallberg, University of Pennsylvania
    Jeffrey Kallberg is Professor of Music History and Associate Dean for Arts and Letters at the University of Pennsylvania. The author of Chopin at the Boundaries: Sex, History, and Musical Genre, he has published also on Verdi, Sibelius, and on the intersections between music and the history of sexuality. He has served as Vice President of the American Musicological Society, and earned National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Guggenheim Fellowships.


    Olivia Bloechl, Melanie Lowe, Suzanne G. Cusick, Bonnie Gordon, Heather Hadlock, Judy Tsou, Sindhumathi Revuluri, Ellie M. Hisama, Judith Peraino, Charles Hiroshi Garrett, Nina Sun Eidsheim, Gary Tomlinson, Jairo Moreno

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