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Music of the Sirens
Linda Phyllis Austern, ed., Inna Naroditskaya, ed.
Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2006

"Whether referred to as mermaid, usalka, mami wata, or by some other name, the siren is the remarkable creature that has inspired music and its representations since ancient Greece. 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 geography." - publisher

376 pages, 39 b&w photos, 2 maps, bibliography, index.


Sirens in Antiquity and the Middle Ages - Leofranc Holford-Strevens / "Teach Me to Heare Mermaides Singinge": Embodiments of (Acoustic) Pleasure and Danger in the Modern West - Linda Phyllis Austern / Devils, Daydreams and Desire: Siren Traditions and Musical Creation in the Central-Southern Andes - Henry Stobart / "Sweet aluring harmony": Heavenly and Earthly Sirens in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Literary and Visual Culture - Elena Calogero / The Sirens, the Epicurean Boat, and the Poetry of Praise - Stephen Buhler / "Longindyingcall": of Music, Modernity, and the Sirens - Lawrence Kramer / Russian Rusalkas and Nationalism: Water, Power, and Women - Inna Naroditskaya / Rheinsirenen: Loreley and Other Rhine Maidens - Annegret Fauser / The Mermaid of the Meyhane: The Legend of a Greek Singer in a Turkish Tavern - John O'Connell / Siren Serenades: Music for Mami Wata/Mami Wata and Other Water Spirits in Africa - Henry Drewal (with Charles Gore and Michelle Kisliuk) / The Navel, the Corporate, the Contradictory: Pop Sirens at the Twenty-first Century - Thomasin LaMay and Robin Armstrong / The Cocktail Siren in David Lynch's Blue Velvet - Jeongwon Joe

Language: English

ISBN: 0-253-21846-2
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