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Listening to the Sirens – Musical Technologies of Queer Identity from Homer to Hedwig - California Scholarship Online
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Listening to the Sirens: Musical Technologies of Queer Identity from Homer to Hedwig

Judith Peraino


This book investigates how music has been used throughout history to call into question norms of gender and sexuality. Beginning with a close examination of the mythology surrounding the sirens—whose music seduced Ulysses into a state of mind in which he would gladly sacrifice everything for the illicit pleasures promised in their song —it goes on to consider the musical creatures, musical gods and demigods, musical humans, and music-addled listeners who have been associated with behavior that breaches social conventions. The author employs a reading of Foucault as an organizational principle ... More

Keywords: Ulysses, musical gods, Foucault, medieval songs, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Britten, women's music, disco music, Judy Garland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520215870
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520215870.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith Peraino, author

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