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Extraordinary Measures: Disability in Music

Joseph N. Straus


This book studies the impact of disability and concepts of disability on composers, performers, and listeners with disabilities, as well as on discourse about music and works of music themselves. Critical response to music by composers with disabilities has tracked changing conceptualizations of disability, as divine affliction, divine afflatus, medical pathology, and affirmative identity. The same is true for performers with disabilities: disability, like music, is something they learn to perform, and they do so in accordance with well established cultural scripts. Music itself may convey nar ... More

Keywords: disability, composers, performers, performance, listeners, narratives, music theorists, normalizing, disablist hearing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199766451
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766451.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph N. Straus, author
CUNY Graduate Center
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