Performing Gender, Place, and Emotion in Music

Performing Gender, Place, and Emotion in Music

Global Perspectives

Edited by Fiona Magowan, Louise Wrazen

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Presenting a range of ethnographic case studies from around the globe, this edited collection offers new ways of thinking about the interconnectivity of gender, place, and emotion in musical performance.
While ethnomusicologists and anthropologists have long recognized the theoretical connections between gender, place, and emotion in musical performance, these concepts are seldom analyzed together. Performing Gender, Place, and Emotion in Music is the first book-length study to examine the interweaving of these three concepts from a cross-cultural perspective. Contributors show how a theoretical focus one dimension implicates the others, creating a nexus of performative engagement. This process is examined across different regions around the globe, through two key questions: How are aesthetic, emotional, and imagined relations between performers and places embodied musically? And in what ways is this performance of emotion gendered across quotidian, ritual, and staged events?
Through ethnographic case studies, the volume explores issues of emplacement, embodiment, and emotion in three parts: landscape and emotion; memory and attachment; and nationalism and indigeneity. Part I focuses on emplaced sentiments in Australasia through Vietnamese spirit possession, Balinese dance, and land rights in Aboriginal performance. Part II addresses memories of Aboriginal choral singing, belonging in Bavarian music-making, and gender-performativity in Polish song. Part III evaluates emotion and fandom around a Korean singer in Japan, and Sámi interconnectivities in traditional and modern musical practices. Beverley Diamond provides a thought-provoking commentary in the afterword.

Contributors: Beverley Diamond, Fiona Magowan, Jonathan McIntosh, Barley Norton, Tina K. Ramnarine, Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg, Sara R. Walmsley-Pledl, Louise Wrazen, Christine Yano.

Fiona Magowan is Professor of Anthropology at Queen's University, Belfast.
Louise Wrazen is Associate Professor of Music at York University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Musical Intersections, Embodiments, and Emplacements - Fiona Magowan and Louise Wrazen
Engendering Emotion and the Environment in Vietnamese Music and Ritual - Barley Norton
Gendering Emotional Connections to the Balinese Landscape: Exploring Children's Roles in a Barong Performance - Jonathan McIntosh
Performing Emotion, Embodying Country in Australian Aboriginal Ritual - Fiona Magowan
Christian Choral Singing in Aboriginal Australia: Gendered Absence, Emotion, and Place - Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg
Transforming the Singing Body: Exploring Musical Narratives of Gender and Place in East Bavaria - Sara R. Walmsley-Pledl
A Place of Her Own: Gendered Singing in Poland's Tatras - Louise Wrazen
Singing the Contentions of Place: Korean Singers of the Heart and Soul of Japan - Christine Yano
"In Our Foremothers' Arms": Goddesses, Feminism, and the Politics of Emotion in Sámi Songs - Tina K. Ramnarine
Afterword - Beverley Diamond
Selected Bibliography
List of Contributors


Open this book and you will find how deeply essential the study of gender is in music and dance. The pages will turn quickly -- and I believe you will be struck by how the multiple themes elegantly intertwine throughout the book, yet also reveal the particulars of diverse genres and settings. --Tomie Hahn, ethnomusicologist and author of Sensational Knowledge: Embodying Culture through Japanese Dance

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