Gender in Chinese Music

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Rachel A. Harris, Rowan Pease, Shzr Ee Tan
University Rochester Press, 2013 - Music - 308 pages
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Village ritualists, international classical pianists, pop idols, and professional mourners -- whether they perform in temples, on concert stages, or in TV shows, Chinese musicians continually express and negotiate their gendered identities. Gender in Chinese Music brings together contributions from ethnomusicologists, anthropologists, and literary scholars to explore how gender is not only manifested in the diverse musical traditions of Chinese culture but also constructed through performing and observing these traditions. Individual chapters examine unique music cultures ranging from those of courting couples in China's heartlands to ethnic minority singers in the borderlands, and from Ming-period courtesans to contemporary karaoke hostesses. The book also features interviews with musicians, music industry workers, and fans talking about gender. With its wide-ranging subject matter and interdisciplinary approach, this volume will be an important resource for researchers and students interested in how music is implicated in the changing notions of masculinity, femininity, and genders "in between." Contributors: Ruard Absaroka, Rachel Harris, Stephen Jones, Frank Kouwenhoven, Olivia Kraef, Joseph Lam, Rowan Pease, Antoinet Schimmelpenninck, Hwee-San Tan, Shzr Ee Tan, Xiao Mei, Judith Zeitlin, Tiantian Zheng. Rachel Harris is a senior lecturer in ethnomusicology at SOAS, University of London. Rowan Pease is a senior teaching fellow at SOAS, University of London. Shzr Ee Tan is a lecturer in music at Royal Holloway, University of London.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Gender and Music in Local Communities
26
Illustrated Songbooks from
41
Music and Construction
66
An Interview with Zhang Han Karaoke Bar Host
82
An Interview with Madame Zinnia Kwok Amateur Opera Singer
107
An Interview with Coco Zhao ShanghaiJazz Singer
127
An Interview with Aloysius Lee Fan of Singer Faye Wong
152
An Interview with Liu Sola Composer Singer Visual Artist
177
An Interview with Li Sisong Producer and Songwriter
201
An Interview with Xiao Mei Ethnomusicologist
224
Memot Spirit Mediums in
247
New Configurations of Gender
265
Selected Bibliography
287
List of Contributors
297
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