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Music and the Racial Imagination

"A specter lurks in the house of music, and it goes by the name of race," write Ronald Radano and Philip Bohlman in their introduction. Yet the intimate relationship between race and music has rarely been examined by contemporary scholars, most of whom have abandoned it for the more enlightened notions of ethnicity and culture. Here, a distinguished group of contributors confront the issue head on. Representing an unusually broad range of academic disciplines and geographic regions, they critically examine how the imagination of race has influenced musical production, reception, and scholarly analysis, even as they reject the objectivity of the concept itself.

Each essay follows the lead of the substantial introduction, which reviews the history of race in European and American, non-Western and global musics, placing it within the contexts of the colonial experience and the more recent formation of "world music." Offering a bold, new revisionist agenda for musicology in a postmodern, postcolonial world, this book will appeal to students of culture and race across the humanities and social sciences.

703 pages | 36 halftones, 3 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2000

Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology

Black Studies

Culture Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

Music: Ethnomusicology

Table of Contents

Foreword by Houston A. Baker, Jr.
Introduction: Music and Race, Their Past, Their Presence
Ronald Radano and Philip V. Bohlman
Part I: Body/Dance
1. The Asian American Body in Performance
Deborah Wong
2. Ethnifying Rhythms, Feminizing Cultures
Frances R. Aparicio
3. "Ain’t I People?": Voicing National Fantasy
Brian Currid
4. "Sexual Pantomimes," the Blues Aesthetic, and Black Women in the New South
Tera W. Hunter
Part II: Hybridity/Mix
5. Race Music: Bo Chatmon, "Corrine Corrina," and the Excluded Middle
Christopher A. Waterman
6. Mestizaje in the Mix: Chicano Identity, Cultural Politics, and Postmodern Music
Rafael Pérez-Torres
7. Performing Decency: Ethnicity and Race in Andean "Mestizo" Ritual Dance
Zoila Mendoza
8. Indonesian-Chinese Oppression and the Musical Outcomes in the Netherlands East Indies
Margaret J. Kartomi
9. Ethnic Identity, National Identity, and Music in Indo-Trinidadian Culture
Peter Manuel
Part III: Representing/Disciplining
10. Presencing the Past and Remembering the Present: Social Features of Popular Music in Kenya
D.A. Masolo
11. Béla Bartók and the Rise of Comparative Ethnomusicology: Nationalism, Race Purity, and the Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire
Katie Trumpener
12. Racial Projects and Musical Discourses in Trinidad, West Indies
Jocelyne Guilbault
13. Hot Fantasies: American Modernism and the Idea of Black Rhythm
Ronald Radano
Part IV: History/Modernism
14. Alban Berg, the Jews, and the Anxiety of Genius
Sander L. Gilman
15. "Death is a Drum": Rhythm, Modernity, and the Negro Poet Laureate
Larry Scanlon
16. Race, Class, and Musical Nationalism in Zimbabwe
Thomas Turino
17. Duke Ellington, Black, Brown, and Beige, and the Cultural Politics of Race
Kevin Gaines
Part V: Power/Powerlessness
18. Naming the Illuminati
Christopher Holmes Smith and John Fiske
19. Music Wars: Blood and Song at the End of Yugoslavia
Tomislav Longinovic
20. The Remembrance of Things Past: Music, Race, and the End of History in Modern Europe
Philip V. Bohlman
List of Contributors

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