Engendering Song: Singing and Subjectivity at Prespa Albanian Weddings

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University of Chicago Press, 27 oct. 1997 - 395 páginas
For Prespa Albanians, both at home in Macedonia and in the diaspora, the most opulent, extravagant, and socially significant events of any year are wedding ceremonies. During days and weeks of festivities, wedding celebrants interact largely through singing, defining and renegotiating as they do so the very structure of their social world and establishing a profound cultural touchstone for Prespa communities around the world.

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.
 

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Índice

Approaching Prespa Singing
1
Albanianpopulated Areas in the Central Balkan Peninsula
6
Singing at the Grooms Grncari 1983
37
Singing as a Social Activity
40
Singing as a Gendered Activity
79
The Order of Weddings
120
The Prespa System
155
GALLERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS FOLLOW PAGES 78 AND
204
Singing and the Discourse of Honor
205
Singing as the Practice of Patriarchy
227
Emergent Subjectivities
286
Glossary
347
Notes
353
Bibliography
373
Discography
386
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Elizabeth A. Kaye specializes in communications as part of her coaching and consulting practice. She has edited Requirements for Certification since the 2000-01 edition.


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