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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.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Jane C. Sugarman is assistant professor of music at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Musical Excerpts on Compact Disc

Note on Textual and Musical Transcriptions

Pronunciation Guide

Acknowledgments

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

Glossary

Notes

Bibliography

Discography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226779720
Author:
Sugarman, Jane C.
Author:
Sugarman
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Ethnic
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Folk music
Subject:
Albanians - Prespa, Lake, Region - Music -
Subject:
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Series Volume:
1997
Publication Date:
19971031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 halftones, 9 line drawings, 23 musica
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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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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