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Decentering MusicA Critique of Contemporary Musical Research$
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Kevin Korsyn

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195104547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195104547.001.0001

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THE OBJECTS OF MUSICAL RESEARCH (2)

THE OBJECTS OF MUSICAL RESEARCH (2)

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Decentering Music
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Kevin Korsyn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195104547.003.0007

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

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