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THE OBJECTS OF MUSICAL RESEARCH (2)

Kevin Korsyn

in Decentering Music

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195104547
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868988 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195104547.003.0007
THE OBJECTS OF MUSICAL RESEARCH (2)

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This chapter examines the disciplinary objects of musical research from the side of context. This movement from two directions, however, questions rather than celebrates the text/context divide, by suggesting a certain Moebiusstrip logic through which inside and outside, content and frame, mutually determine each other. The books Noise: The Political Economy of Music by Jacques Attali and Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality by Susan McClary are analyzed. The correspondences noted between the patterns Attali and McClary find in history and the rhetorical models that pre-exist their work raise questions about the interplay between invention and discovery in the writing of history. By analyzing other works of musical scholarship in terms of their narrative and rhetorical strategies, readers can move toward answering these questions for themselves.

Keywords: musical research; context; Jacques Attali; Susan McClary; Gender; Sexuality

Chapter.  6435 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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