"New music‟ as patriarchal category

Redhead, L. (2015) "New music‟ as patriarchal category. In: Haworth, C. and Colton, L., eds. Gender, Age and Musical Creativity. Farnham: Ashgate. pp. 171-184 ISBN 9781472430854

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The term ‘material’ is highly conceptualized and important within New Music discourse. In many respects it could be seen as central. However, far from being a neutral term, ‘material’ and thus its position in (linguistic and musical) discourse is gendered as male. This, then, has consequences not just for the inclusion of, but the judgement between, women who wish to enter into the musical discourse and workplace as composers. This leads to the construction of gendered difference between female composers, and a process of immerization of those women who do meet the terms of the discourse. By a comparison of the music, and reception, of composers Rebecca Saunders and Jennifer Walshe I will explain how the musical discourse of material can be described as a practice of social closure which takes place under the auspicious label of musical quality, thereby highlighting that terms such as ‘material’ and ‘composer’ are used as barriers to exclude women from contemporary music practice. I will conclude by explaining how the male discourse of material functions to preserve the ‘New Music’ norm and retain the character of ‘New Music’ as historical and patriarchal category.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music > ML0055 Aspects of the field of music as a whole
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Music and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Lauren Redhead
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2016 13:37
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 13:37
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14806

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