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Music and the Racial Imagination

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ISBN-10: 0226702006

ISBN-13: 9780226702001

Edition: 2000

Authors: Philip V. Bohlman, Ronald M. Radano

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"A specter lurks in the house of music, and it goes by the name of race," write Ronald Radano and Philip Bohlman in their introduction. Yet the intimate relationship between race and music has rarely been examined by contemporary scholars, most of whom have abandoned it for the more enlightened notions of ethnicity and culture. Here, a distinguished group of contributors confront the issue head on. Representing an unusually broad range of academic disciplines and geographic regions, they critically examine how the imagination of race has influenced musical production, reception, and scholarly analysis, even as they reject the objectivity of the concept itself. Each essay follows the lead of the substantial introduction, which reviews the history of race in European and American, non-Western and global musics, placing it within the contexts of the colonial experience and the more recent formation of "world music." Offering a bold, new revisionist agenda for musicology in a postmodern, postcolonial world, this book will appeal to students of culture and race across the humanities and social sciences.
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Book details

List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 720
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Introduction: Music and Race, Their Past, Their Presence
The Asian American Body in Performance
Ethnifying Rhythms, Feminizing Cultures
"Ain't I People?": Voicing National Fantasy
"Sexual Pantomimes," the Blues Aesthetic, and Black Women in the New South
Race Music
Mestizaje in the Mix: Chicano Identity, Cultural Politics, and Postmodern Music
Performing Decency: Ethnicity and Race in Andean "Mestizo" Ritual Dance
Indonesian-Chinese Oppression and the Musical Outcomes in the Netherlands East Indies
Ethnic Identity, National Identity, and Music in Indo-Trinidadian Culture
Presencing the Past and Remembering the Present: Social Features of Popular Music in
Beacute;la Bartoacute;k and the Rise of Comparative Ethnomusicology: Nationalism, Race Purity, and the Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire
Racial Projects and Musical Discourses in Trinidad, West Indies
Hot Fantasies: American Modernism and the Idea of Black Rhythm
Alban Berg, the Jews, and the Anxiety of Genius
"Death is a Drum": Rhythm, Modernity, and the Negro Poet Laureate
Race, Class, and Musical Nationalism in Zimbabwe
Duke Ellington,Black, Brown, and Beige, and the Cultural Politics of Race
Naming the Illuminati
Music Wars: Blood and Song at the End of Yugoslavia
The Remembrance of Things Past: Music, Race, and the End of History in Modern Europe
List of Contributors