Singing and Subjectivity at Prespa Albanian Weddings
Combining photographs, song texts, and vibrant recordings of the music with her own evocative descriptions, ethnomusicologist Jane C. Sugarman focuses her account of Prespa weddings on notions of gendered identity, demonstrating the capacity of singing to generate and transform relations of power within Prespa society. Engendering Song is an innovative theoretical work, with a scholarly importance extending far beyond southeast European studies. It offers unique and timely contributions to the analysis of music and gender, music in diaspora cultures, and the social constitution of self and subjectivity.
U of C Dept of Germanic Langs and Lits: Chicago Folklore Prize
Musical Excerpts on Compact Disc
Note on Textual and Musical Transcriptions
1: Approaching Prespa Singing
2: Singing as a Social Activity
3: Singing as a Gendered Activity
4: The "Order" of Weddings
5: The Prespa "System"
6: Singing and the Discourse of Honor
7: Singing as the Practice of Patriarchy
8: Emergent Subjectivities