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At closer inspection, the icon and the genre that hosts it are less safe than they seem.
Masculinity and Western Musical Practice (eBook, PDF)
At closer inspection, the icon and the genre that hosts it are less safe than they seem. If its ancestors were pioneers like Daniel Boone and J. Yet what do the origins of the genre have in common with its resurgence between the end of the 20 th and the beginning of the 21 st century, as testified—among others—by the literary works of Annie Proulx and Cormac McCarthy, by television series like Lonesome Dove and Deadwood , as well as by a long list of movies?
In turn, the western itself has become more complex and fragmented, frequently taking a self-critical stance toward its own ideological premises, as suggested by the different sub-genre labels used in this study to map the contemporary production revisionary westerns, postwesterns, neo and nouveaux westerns.
The challenging question, therefore, is whether in the face of such transformations western narratives are still able to accommodate fantasies about regenerated manhood. Likewise, the more successful Brokeback Mountain by Ang Lee is accounted for as a laboratory for the deconstruction of the white, straight manhood that is the trademark of the genre. Both the poor reception of The Ballad of Little Jo and the strongly ambivalent response to Brokeback Mountain are thus taken as evidence of the relative imperviousness of the western to gender and sexual deviance.
This is not to imply that in the past western narratives did not portray fatherly relations: they generally did so in symbolic terms, as the classic cowboy is notoriously a bachelor, orphaned man dodging the tentacles of family and domesticity.
Nowadays, however, the increased interest in the theme appears to resonate with the ample space the public debate has devoted to the question of fatherhood and its responsibilities since the s, with a frequent emphasis on the necessity to strengthen a diminished role. Revisionary westerns prove to be especially hospitable to non-white characters with co protagonist roles. Yet is the series entirely persuasive as an attempt to amend numberless distorted representations of Native Americans?
This much-praised, historically based narrative —whose telling subtitle is The Evening Redness in the West— revolves around a series of systematic and carefully differentiated acts of brutality committed by a gang of scalp hunters. The head of the group is the satanic figure of Judge Holden, whose symbolic antagonist would be the Kid, if only the novel allowed the possibility of breaking down the orgiastic circle of violence in which everybody participates.
Due to the lack of all regenerative vision behind its reenactment of the frontier mythology, Blood Meridian is usually regarded as revisionary or even as an anti-western, a sort of postmodern parody that has the effect of debunking the myth of the West.
Bordin aligns instead with those critics who see Blood Meridian as an ultimate validation of the tradition of American violence, stressing the features of the novel —such as characterization and the use of allegory— that prevent the possibility for development and change.
A special focus on masculinity, on the other hand, shows that the resilience of western narratives has limits. Their capacity to absorb a revision of gender but also of racial and sexual identities very often hides a deep-seated resistance, which is ultimately the undead power of attraction of the cowboy myth.
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Gender and Music Composition: A Study of Music, and the Gendering of Meanings
Cultural Histories of Noise, Sound and Listening in Europe, presents a range of historical case studies on the sounding worlds of the European past. The chapters in this volume explore ways of thinking about sound historically, and seek Music in North-East England provides a wide-ranging exploration of musical life in the North-East of England during the early modern period. It contributes to a growing number of studies concerned with developing a nationwide account of British mu Du kanske gillar.
Masculinity and Western Musical Practice (Farnham: Ashgate, ). of these shifts, the turn to feminism and profeminist scholarship becomes locatable as part.
Masculinity and Western Musical Practice.
Masculinity also called manhood or manliness is a set of attributes, behaviors , and roles associated with boys and men. Although masculinity is often seen as socially constructed,  research indicates that some behaviors considered masculine are biologically influenced. Standards of manliness or masculinity vary across different cultures and historical periods.
Men, Masculinity, Music and Emotions pp Cite as. This chapter explores both the historical and contemporary, discursive intersections between male bodies, masculinity, emotions and music in Western societies. Because the music industries and music consumption continue to be so heavily dominated by men, this stands at odds with the arguments that a culturally idealised masculinity currently operates, on the total disavowal of emotional experience. Music provides a forum where a multitude of interpersonal as well as social dimensions surrounding emotions are rendered visible see Juslin and Sloboda Unable to display preview.