Listening to the Sirens: Musical Technologies of Queer Identity from Homer to Hedwig

Listening to the Sirens: Musical Technologies of Queer Identity from Homer to Hedwig


during this clean and leading edge examine, Judith A. Peraino investigates how tune has been used all through historical past to name into query norms of gender and sexuality. starting with a detailed exam of the mythology surrounding the sirens--whose tune seduced Ulysses right into a frame of mind within which he could gladly sacrifice every little thing for the illicit pleasures promised of their song--Peraino is going directly to examine the musical creatures, musical gods and demigods, musical people, and music-addled listeners who've been linked to habit that breaches social conventions. She deftly employs a cosmopolitan studying of Foucault as an organizational precept in addition to a philosophical concentration to survey seductive and transgressive queerness in track from the Greeks throughout the center a while and to the modern interval. Listening to the Sirens analyzes the musical ways that queer members show and self-discipline their wish, signify themselves, construct groups, and subvert heterosexual expectancies. It covers quite a lot of track together with medieval songs, works by way of Handel, Tchaikovsky and Britten, women's song and disco, performers corresponding to Judy Garland, Melissa Etheridge, Madonna, and Marilyn Manson, and the flicks The Rocky Horror photograph Show and Hedwig and the offended Inch.

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