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Mismatched Women: The Siren's Song Through the Machine

Jennifer Fleeger


Whether they are fictional creations in books or films or actual performers on television and radio, singers with voices that do not match their bodies are essential to the success of technologies for preserving and sharing music. Beginning with Trilby’s operatic embodiment of phonography’s promise and ending with Susan Boyle’s rapid rise to online fame, each chapter pairs a mismatched woman with a machine in order to analyze her importance to the era of her popularity. Mismatched Women thus offers a new narrative about the history of sound recording with women like Deanna Durbin, Kate Smith, ... More

Keywords: female voice, media, feminist film theory, sound recording, mismatch, film, radio, television, opera

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199936892
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936892.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Fleeger, author
Ursinus College