Music of the Sirens

Music of the Sirens

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Whether referred to as mermaid, usalka, mami wata, or by some other name, and whether considered an imaginary being or merely a person with extraordinary abilities, the siren is the remarkable creature that has inspired music and its representations from ancient Greece to present-day Africa and Latin America. This book, co-edited by a historical musicologist and an ethnomusicologist, brings together leading scholars and some talented newcomers in classics, music, media studies, literature, and cultural studies to consider the siren and her multifaceted relationships to music across human time and more

Product details

  • Book | 440 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 22mm | 621.43g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 38 b&w illus., 2 maps
  • 0253218462
  • 9780253218469
  • 1,438,263

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"... This is a thorough review of a fascinating, although somewhat esoteric, topic... Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, and faculty." -Choice "... The editors are to be applauded for bringing together in such a coherent fashion in one volume essays exploring such widely divergent empirical material as classical Greek texts, nineteenth century Russian operas, contemporary ethnography in highland Bolivia, and album covers by Mariah Carey." -Thomas Solomon, University of Bergen, Journal of Folklore Research, 1/19/09show more

About Linda Phyllis Austern

Linda Phyllis Austern is Associate Professor of Musicology in the School of Music, Northwestern University.Inna Naroditskaya is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology in the School of Music, Northwestern more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Singing Each to Each Inna Naroditskaya and Linda Phyllis Austern1. Sirens in Antiquity and the Middle Ages Leofranc Holford-Strevens2. "Teach Me to Heare Mermaides Singinge": Embodiments of (Acoustic) Pleasure and Danger in the Modern West Linda Phyllis Austern3. Devils, Daydreams, and Desire: Siren Traditions and Musical Creation in the Central-Southern Andes Henry Stobart4. "Sweet aluring harmony": Heavenly and Earthly Sirens in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Literary and Visual Culture Elena Laura Calogero5. The Sirens, the Epicurean Boat, and the Poetry of Praise Stephen M. Buhler6. "Longindyingcall": Of Music, Modernity, and the Sirens Lawrence Kramer7. Russian Rusalkas and Nationalism: Water, Power, and Women Inna Naroditskaya8. Rheinsirenen: Loreley and Other Rhine Maidens Annegret Fauser9. The Mermaid of the Meyhane: The Legend of a Greek Singer in a Turkish Tavern John Morgan O'Connell10. Siren Serenades: Music for Mami Wata and Other Water Spirits in Africa Henry John Drewal with Charles Gore and Michelle Kisliuk11. The Navel, the Corporate, the Contradictory: Pop Sirens at the Twenty-first Century Thomasin LaMay and Robin Armstrong12. The Cocktail Siren in David Lynch's Blue Velvet Jeongwon JoeBibliographyList of ContributorsIndexshow more

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