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ERIC Number: EJ844818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1545-4517
Desparately Seeking Marsha: Music and Lesbian Imagination
Gould, Elizabeth
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v4 n3 Sep 2005
Regardless of race, gender, class, physical- and cognitive-ableness, as well as sexual orientation, to be musical in North American and western European societies is to be queer--particularly for men (Fuller and Whitesell, 2002), and maybe specifically for men, since women barely register in discussions of musicians. In this article, the author talks about being white--people's whiteness. Where/how do individuals place themselves along the continuum of whiteness? For feminist women, the ways in which middle class respectability is implicated in whiteness is particularly salient. As an analytical device, then, the author suggests that whiteness and by extension the racial imagination must be interrogated as they produce and reproduce heteronormativity and fail to take into account the lived experiences of at least some embodied subject(ivitie)s. As an alternative, the author suggests another perspective: lesbian imagination. What the author calls "lesbian imagination" is explored by Suzanne Cusick (1994) in terms of what she describes as an attempt to avoid thinking straight. Discussing what it might mean to be a lesbian as well as a musician, Cusick notes that all relationships are negotiated in terms of power. (Contains 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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