Casting Metal: Opera Studies After Humanism – The Opera Quarterly – article

Casting Metal: Opera Studies After Humanism

Christopher Morris | The Opera Quarterly

2019-10-22

Among the calls for papers for the 2017 meeting of the Royal Music Association’s Music and Philosophy Study Group at King’s College London was the following for a themed session on the topic “Musical Nonhumans”: Frustrated with the limitations of late twentieth-century constructionism and hermeneutics, music scholars have recently begun to pay closer attention to the agency and materiality of musical “things.” Aspects of the so-called new materialism are now evident in emerging research on the materiality of print sources, instrument technologies and media infrastructures, the material dimensions of subjective properties including identities, bodies and voices, and the ways that various aesthetic objects circulate and exert influence in the musical world. Most,…

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