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Blackness in Opera critically examines the intersections of race and music in the multifaceted genre of opera. A diverse cross-section of scholars places well-known operas (Porgy and Bess, Aida, Treemonisha) alongside lesser-known works such as Frederick Delius's Koanga, William Grant Still's Blue Steel, and Clarence Cameron White's Ouanga! to reveal a new historical context for re-imagining race and blackness in opera. The volume brings a wide-ranging, theoretically informed, interdisciplinary approach to questions about how blackness has been represented in these operas, issues surrounding characterization of blacks, interpretation of racialized roles by blacks and whites, controversies over race in the theatre and the use of blackface, and extensions of blackness along the spectrum from grand opera to musical theatre and film. In addition to essays by scholars, the book also features reflections by renowned American tenor George Shirley._x000B__x000B_Contributors are Naomi Andre, Melinda Boyd, Gwynne Kuhner Brown, Karen M. Bryan, Melissa J. de Graaf, Christopher R. Gauthier, Jennifer McFarlane-Harris, Gayle Murchison, Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr., Eric Saylor, Sarah Schmalenberger, Ann Sears, George Shirley, and Jonathan O. Wipplinger.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword: Singing in the Dark
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Representing Blackness on the Operatic Stage
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. 1. From Otello to Porgy: Blackness, Masculinity, and Morality in Opera
  2. pp. 11-31
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  1. 2. Hearing the Other in The Masque of Blackness
  2. pp. 32-54
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  1. 3. Nationalism, Racial Difference, and "Egyptian" Meaning in Verdi's Aida
  2. pp. 55-77
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  1. 4. Race, "Realism," and Fate in Frederick Delius's Koanga
  2. pp. 78-100
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  1. 5. Political Currents and Black Culture in Scott Joplin's Treemonisha
  2. pp. 101-115
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  1. 6. Clarence Cameron White's Ouanga! in the World of the Harlem Renaissance
  2. pp. 116-140
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  1. 7. New Paradigms in William Grant Still's Blue Steel
  2. pp. 141-163
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  1. 8. Performers in Catfish Row: Porgy and Bess as Collaboration
  2. pp. 164-186
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  1. 9. Searching for "Authenticity" in Paul Bowles's Denmark Vesey
  2. pp. 187-211
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  1. 10. The Politics of Color in Oscar Hammerstein's Carmen Jones
  2. pp. 212-235
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  1. 11, Performing Race in Ernst Krenek's Jonny spielt auf
  2. pp. 236-259
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  1. 12. Il Rodolfo Nero, or The Masque of Blackness
  2. pp. 260-275
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 275-278
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 279-289
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  1. Production Notes
  2. pp. 290-290
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252093890
Related ISBN
9780252036781
MARC Record
OCLC
822890086
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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