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A Queerly Joyful Noise

Choral Musicking for Social Justice

Julia Balen (author)

ISBN: 9780813588384

Publication Date: Nov 2017

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Examines how choral singing can be both personally transformative and politically impactful. Comparing queer choral performances to the uses of group singing within the civil rights and labor movements, Julia "Jules" Balén maps the relationship between different forms of oppression and strategic musical forms of resistance.
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A Queerly Joyful Noise examines how choral singing can be both personally transformative and politically impactful. As they blend their different voices to create something beautiful, LGBTIQ singers stand together and make themselves heard. Comparing queer choral performances to the uses of group singing within the civil rights and labor movements, Julia "Jules" Balén maps the relationship between different forms of oppression and strategic musical forms of resistance. She also explores the potential this queer communal space creates for mobilizing progressive social action. 

Herself a proud member of numerous queer choruses, Balén draws from years of firsthand observations, archival research, and extensive interviews to reveal how queer chorus members feel shared vulnerability, collective strength, and even moments of ecstasy when performing. A Queerly Joyful Noise serves as a testament to the power of music, intimately depicting how participation in a queer chorus is more than a pastime, but a meaningful form of protest through celebration.
Illustrations 15 illustrations
Pages 224
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Nov 2017
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Popular culture   Theory of music & musicology   Gay & Lesbian studies   Gay studies (Gay men)  
Julia Balen is a professor of English at California State University, Channel Islands.

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