The Race of Sound: Listening, Timbre, and Vocality in African American Music - Refiguring American Music (Hardback)Nina Sun Eidsheim (author)
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Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"An important read within sound studies and race studies." -- Jeff Donison * Journal of Radio & Audio Media *
"The Race of Sound is brimming with insight and originality. Not every chapter contributes new knowledge (e.g., Eidsheim is not the first to note that black classical singers were constrained by listener expectations), but in tandem they constitute a groundbreaking argument that should inform all listeners and be part of all music courses. If enough readers take Eidsheim's work to heart, we can begin to counter the effect of institutions that create and perpetuate the racialized voice." -- Sandra Jean Graham * ARSC Journal *
"Eidsheim demonstrates an impressive ability to weave together different critical modes and diverse topics without faltering in her project.... New and established scholars interested in the study of race, gender, voice, and/or African American musics will find much to engage with in Eidsheim's push toward nonessentializing listening."-- Alex C. Valin * Women and Music *
"Like Eidsheim's earlier work, The Race of Sound presents meticulously researched, compelling, and detailed accounts of reception, race, and voice throughout the careers of important historical figures. The author provides ample evidence to support her groundbreaking arguments that will give readers a new understanding of how we construct voice, race, and identity every time we engage in the act of listening." -- Victoria Malawey * MUSICultures *
"The Race of Sound is ... an insightful addition to the growing body of work on the voice.... We continue to live in a time in which Black voices struggle to be heard. The Race of Sound contributes to this struggle in recognition and joins the record of activist scholarship that centres and respects Black humanity." -- Natalie Hyacinth * Feminist Review *
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