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Modernity'S EarListening to Race and Gender in World Music$
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Roshanak Kheshti

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781479867011

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479867011.001.0001

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Losing the Listening Self in the Aural Other

Losing the Listening Self in the Aural Other

Signifiance and World Music

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Modernity'S Ear

Roshanak Kheshti

NYU Press

Chapter 3 deploys Julia Kristeva and Roland Barthes’s term signifiance to further theorize the desire that drives the listener to world music. This is a desire that works counter to signification or processes of identification. It explores the theme of subjective transcendence testified to by many listeners of world music through signifiance in order to theorize the loss of the self (which Barthes opposes to identification). Through several case studies from fieldwork as well as through the close reading of a song from the Kinship Records release Arabian Journeys, this chapter examines the production processes that choreograph the “loss of the self” in sound.

Keywords:   sonic significance, Julia Kristeva, Roland Barthes, grain of the voice, pleasure in listening, geno-sonic, phenol-sonic

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