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Sounding American: Hollywood, Opera, and Jazz by Jennifer Fleeger (review)

Sounding American: Hollywood, Opera, and Jazz by Jennifer Fleeger (review) Book Review SOUNDING AMERICAN: HOLLYWOOD, OPERA, AND JAZZ Jennifer Fleeger. New York: Oxford UP, 2014, 197 pp. As a musicologist, I frequently work to negoti­ ate through the field’s tendency to study genres that are viewed as significantly different from one another separately, despite the possible benefits of considering them together as cul­ tural interactions. An example of this is the academic division between jazz and music of the western European tradition, such as opera. Because these divisions exist in the field of musicology, it is unsurprising that they also are present in other fields that consider music, which can lead to narrower understandings of music’s role in cultural production and soci­ ety. Jennifer Fleeger, however, has succeeded in revealing the significance of both jazz and opera together in the context of film studies, providing a comprehensive look into the crucial role each genre played in the development of classical Hollywood cinema in her book Sounding American: Hollywood, Opera, and Jazz. Through thorough exploration of a variety of case studies—most notably, examples of con­ version to sound-era short films—Fleeger dem­ onstrates how jazz and opera not only should be considered as complementary genres in the development of sound http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Film and Video University of Illinois Press

Sounding American: Hollywood, Opera, and Jazz by Jennifer Fleeger (review)

Journal of Film and Video , Volume 69 (3) – Aug 30, 2017

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Book Review SOUNDING AMERICAN: HOLLYWOOD, OPERA, AND JAZZ Jennifer Fleeger. New York: Oxford UP, 2014, 197 pp. As a musicologist, I frequently work to negoti­ ate through the field’s tendency to study genres that are viewed as significantly different from one another separately, despite the possible benefits of considering them together as cul­ tural interactions. An example of this is the academic division between jazz and music of the western European tradition, such as opera. Because these divisions exist in the field of musicology, it is unsurprising that they also are present in other fields that consider music, which can lead to narrower understandings of music’s role in cultural production and soci­ ety. Jennifer Fleeger, however, has succeeded in revealing the significance of both jazz and opera together in the context of film studies, providing a comprehensive look into the crucial role each genre played in the development of classical Hollywood cinema in her book Sounding American: Hollywood, Opera, and Jazz. Through thorough exploration of a variety of case studies—most notably, examples of con­ version to sound-era short films—Fleeger dem­ onstrates how jazz and opera not only should be considered as complementary genres in the development of sound

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Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Aug 30, 2017

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