Torch Singing: Performing Resistance and Desire from Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf

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Rowman Altamira, 2007 - Music - 217 pages
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In this innovative book, Stacy Holman Jones presents torch singing as a much more complicated phenomenon than the familiar trope of a woman lamenting her victimhood. With an ethnographer's eye, she observes the bluesy torch singers, asking if they are possibly performing critiques of the very lyrics they sing. From this perspective, we see the singer giving expression not not only to desire but also to an incipient determination to resist and change. Holman Jones also reveals points of contact in the opposition between spectators and performers, emotion and intellect, and love and power. Instead of interpreting the expression of love as a woman's violent mistake as willing deception and passive fate Holman Jones allows us to hear an active search for hope."
  

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Contents

Interpreter of Lies
1
The Scene of Desire
5
Sing Me a Torch Song
11
The Way You Haunt My Dreams
31
Hearing Voices
67
Loves Wounds
103
Hopeful Openness
139
Circular Breathing
167
Music for Torching
187
Bibliography
193
Index
211
About the Author
217
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About the author (2007)

Stacy Holman Jones is assistant professor in the department of communication at the University of South Florida. She is the author of Kaleidoscope Notes: Writing Women's Music and Organizational Culture and several essays on music, feminism, performance, autoethnography, and performative writing.

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