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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With an ethnographer's eye, Stacy Holman Jones offers us a cultural critique of torch singing-as much more than a woman voicing the familiar tune of her own willing deception and passive fate. She takes us into the space between music and language, to see it not only as an opening to desire, but as the first notes of resistance, of change. An engaging read for performing arts and music professionals, and instructors in mass media and experimental ethnography.
  

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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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