Music and Gender: Perspectives from the Mediterranean

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  • Copyright: 2003-06-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Although scholars have long been aware of the crucial roles that gender plays in music, and vice versa, the contributors to this volume are among the first to systematically examine the interactions between the two. This book is also the first to explore the diverse, yet often strikingly similar, musics of the areas bordering the Mediterranean from comparative anthropological perspectives. From Spanish flamenco to Algerian raiuml;, Greek rebetika to Turkish pop music, Sephardi and Berber songs to Egyptian belly dancers, the contributors cover an exceedingly wide range of geographic and musical territories. Individual essays examine musical behavior as representation, assertion, and sometimes transgression of gender identities; compare men's and women's roles in specific musical practices and their historical evolution; and explore how music and gender relate to such issues as ethnicity, nationality, and religion. Anyone studying the musics or cultures of the Mediterranean, or more generally the relations between gender and the arts, will welcome this book. Contributors: Caroline Bithell, Joaquina Labajo, Jane C. Sugarman, Carol Silverman, Goffredo Plastino, Gail Holst-Warhaft, Edwin Seroussi, Marie Virolle, Terry Brint Joseph, Deborah Kapchan, Karin van Nieuwkerk, Svanibor Pettan, Martin Stokes, Philip V. Bohlman

Author Biography

Tullia Magrini is an associate professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Bologna. She is the author or editor of nine books in Italian, most recently Universi sonori: Introduzione all'etnomusicologia, and is founder and editor of the Web journal Music & Anthropology.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Studying Gender in Mediterranean Musical Cultures
A Man's Game? Engendered Song and the Changing Dynamics of Musical Activity in
Body and Voice: The Construction of Gender in
Those "Other Women": Dance and Femininity among
The Gender of the Profession: Music, Dance, and Reputation among Balkan Muslim
Come into Play: Dance, Music, and Gender in Three Calabrian Festivals
The Female Dervish and Other Shady Ladies of
Archivists of Memory: Written Folksong Collections of Twentieth-Century Sephardi Women
Representations and Female Roles in the Raiuml
Poetry as a Strategy of Power: The Case of Riffian Berber Women
Nashat: The Gender of Musical Celebration in
On Religion, Gender, and Performing: Female Performers and Repentance in Egypt
Male, Female, and Beyond the Culture and Music of Roma in
The Tearful Public Sphere: Turkey's "Sun of Art,"
"And She Sang a New Song": Gender and Music on the Sacred Landscapes of the Mediterranean
List of Contributors
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