Review of Neil Lerner and Joseph N. Straus, eds. 2006. Sounding Off: Theorizing Disability in Music. London and New York: Routledge

Schmalenberger, Sarah

This collection of essays announces the assembly of music scholars who have incorporated disability studies into their research. Although the hybridization of disciplinary perspectives is hardly new, the careful preparatory arguments in the introduction and elsewhere throughout this collection nevertheless remind us of who the palpable schism between “tradition” music scholars and those who have embraced more liberally the intersections of music and cultural theory, literary criticism, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality. The seeming impenetrability that historical musicology and theory have represented in the past may well be further refuted by the addition of disability studies into the field of musical scholarship.


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