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Corporeal Voices, Sexual Differentiations: New Materialist Perspectives on Music, Singing and Subjectivity

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Corporeal Voices, Sexual Differentiations: New Materialist Perspectives on Music, Singing and Subjectivity Many of today’s cultural theorists have suggested that the analysis of sounds in general and music in particular would bring important new perspectives into the study of subjectivity. Especially, they have stressed the relevance of “the sonic” for examining two major aspects of subject formation: first, how our subjectivity is materially embedded, and second, how it emerges through inextricable interconnections with the surrounding reality. My article explores these possibilities by intersecting music scholarship with so-called new materialist feminist insights. More precisely, I focus on the questions of subjectivity, corporeal materiality and the multiplicity of sexual differences, as they unfold in relation to singers’ live processes of sound production in the context of opera. Theoretically, the article draws on the work of Rosi Braidotti, Elizabeth Grosz and Gilles Deleuze, as well as on current critical opera studies.

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