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Abels

Music, Movement, and Masculinities

1., Aufl. 2015. Buch. 172 S. Softcover
VWB-Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung ISBN 978-3-86135-908-1
Format (B x L): 15,2 x 22,8 cm
Gewicht: 330 g
In englischer Sprache
Das Werk ist Teil der Reihe:
Despite influential recent scholarship on men in dance, the topic of bodily movement remains feminized in much of Western popular culture as well as in academia. Yet because gender is a construct that relies on perceptions of the body, regardless of that body’s gender, bodily movements provide keys to understanding how masculinities are constructed or questioned in different cultural contexts. This special issue seeks to understand how staged performances present or challenge ideals of masculinity, as well how masculine and feminine genders are constructed relationally through dance performance. It developed from a panel presented at the 2010 meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology titled “Music, movement, and masculinities,” but has since grown to include additional scholars.

The issue will begin with an introduction contextualizing and commenting on the range of articles in the volume. In the first, author 1 suggests answers to the question of why ballet pas-de-deux gender protocols have failed to evolve, even in the face of numerous academic and choreographic critiques of ballet’s gender roles. Next, author 2 examines the ironic portrayal of masculine rock stereotypes in competitive air guitar movements, demonstrating the genre’s use as a bodily critique of rock’s gender and racial constructions. The third contribution focuses on how capitalist realities have altered the ways in which Hungarian men creatively represent themselves through modern folk dance, while the fourth provides an analysis of the “official” masculinities displayed in Hungarian State Folk Ensemble choreographies. The fifth article challenges the construction of “oriental dance” as a feminine realm by demonstrating that male performers present a particular, orientalist type of masculinity. Finally, author 6 examines the performance of masculinities in ballet-based Ukrainian concert dance in Canada.

As a whole, the proposed issue presents diverse views on contemporary masculine bodily expression from both established and emerging dance scholars, and it covers a broad range of geographic areas. Its examination of staged dance performances around the world, each of which aestheticizes masculinities in a different way, will be of interest to ethnomusicologists, dance ethnologists, folklorists, and performance studies scholars. In addition, it takes impetus from the current interdisciplinary interest in gesture studies, while pushing that field forward through its specific emphasis on masculine movements in popular, traditional, and classical musical contexts.
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