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The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music by Licia Fiol-Matta (review)

The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music by Licia Fiol-Matta (review) Reviews The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music. By Licia Fiol- Matta. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017. 312 pp. jessica c. hajek hat is a “great woman singer”? A closer inspection of this question, which is rather syntactically simple on the surface, exposes the discur- Wsive possibilities of using “woman” as a qualifi er beyond the initial act of including musical women in the historical narrative. In dialogue with Ruth Glasser’s seminal My Music Is My Flag, Licia Fiol- Matta provides an in- depth in- vestigation of Puerto Rican music during the twentieth century by focusing on female pop singers. As a fi eld of inquiry, the music of Puerto Rico sits at the inter- section of both contemporary Latin American and American postcolonial studies. Fiol- Matta, who grew up in a musical family and is a self- confessed fan of some of the artists she discusses, guides her readers through cityscapes from San Juan to New York City and the soundscapes of country, rock, and even light opera to “unsettle protocols of listening and challenge the distribution of the sensible that kept— and possibly still keep— a whole class of subjects on the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture University of Nebraska Press

The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music by Licia Fiol-Matta (review)

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Abstract

Reviews The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music. By Licia Fiol- Matta. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017. 312 pp. jessica c. hajek hat is a “great woman singer”? A closer inspection of this question, which is rather syntactically simple on the surface, exposes the discur- Wsive possibilities of using “woman” as a qualifi er beyond the initial act of including musical women in the historical narrative. In dialogue with Ruth Glasser’s seminal My Music Is My Flag, Licia Fiol- Matta provides an in- depth in- vestigation of Puerto Rican music during the twentieth century by focusing on female pop singers. As a fi eld of inquiry, the music of Puerto Rico sits at the inter- section of both contemporary Latin American and American postcolonial studies. Fiol- Matta, who grew up in a musical family and is a self- confessed fan of some of the artists she discusses, guides her readers through cityscapes from San Juan to New York City and the soundscapes of country, rock, and even light opera to “unsettle protocols of listening and challenge the distribution of the sensible that kept— and possibly still keep— a whole class of subjects on the

Journal

Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and CultureUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Sep 4, 2019

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