Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality

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U of Minnesota Press, 2002 - Social Science - 248 pages
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A groundbreaking collection of essays in feminist music criticism, this book addresses problems of gender and sexuality in repertoires ranging from the early seventeenth century to rock and performance art. ". . . this is a major book . . . [McClary's] achievement borders on the miraculous." The Village Voice"No one will read these essays without thinking about and hearing music in new and interesting ways. Exciting reading for adventurous students and staid professionals." Choice"Feminine Endings, a provocative 'sexual politics' of Western classical or art music, rocks conservative musicology at its core. No review can do justice to the wealth of ideas and possibilities [McClary's] book presents. All music-lovers should read it, and cheer." The Women's Review of Books"McClary writes with a racy, vigorous, and consistently entertaining style. . . . What she has to say specifically about the music and the text is sharp, accurate, and telling; she hears what takes place musically with unusual sensitivity."-The New York Review of Books
 

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One of the best books I read about music. She is a very good scholar and it is fun to read what she writes. Read full review

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I won't follow Susan McClary off a (literal or intellectual) cliff, but I'd sure follow her around the world a few times. Read full review

Contents

Introduction A Material Girl in Bluebeards Castle
3
Constructions of Gender in Monteverdis Dramatic Music
35
Sexual Politics in Classical Music
53
Excess and Frame The Musical Representation of Madwomen
80
Getting Down Off the Beanstalk The Presence of a Womans Voice in Janika Vanderveldes Genesis II
112
This Is Not a Story My People Tell Musical Time and Space According to Laurie Anderson
132
Living to Tell Madonnas Resurrection of the Fleshly
148
Notes
169
Index
213
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