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The Performative Power of Vocality

1st Edition

By Virginie Magnat


272 pages | 1 Color Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138659179
pub: 2019-11-07
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The Performative Power of Vocality offers a fresh perspective on voice as a subject of critical inquiry by employing an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach.

Conventional treatment of voice in theatre and performance studies too often regards it as a subcategory of actor training, associated with the established methods that have shaped voice pedagogy within Western theatre schools, conservatories, and universities. This monograph significantly deviates from these dominant models through its investigation of the non-discursive, material, and affective efficacy of vocality, with a focus on orally transmitted vocal traditions. Drawing from her performance training, research collaborations, and commitment to cultural diversity, Magnat proposes a dialogical approach to vocality. Inclusive of established, current, and emerging research perspectives, this approach sheds light on the role of vocality as a vital source of embodied knowledge, creativity, and well-being grounded in process, practice, and place, as well as a form of social and political agency.

An excellent resource for qualitative researchers, artist-scholars, and activists committed to decolonization, cultural revitalization, and social justice, The Performative Power of Vocality opens up new avenues of understanding across Indigenous and Western philosophy, performance studies, musicology, ethnomusicology, sound and voice studies, anthropology, sociology, phenomenology, cognitive science, physics, ecology, and biomedicine.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Performance, Embodiment, and Vocality

Chapter 2: Reclaiming Presence for the Lived Voice

Chapter 3: Exploring (K)new Paradigms

Chapter 4: Vocality as Source, Resource, and Potentiality


About the Author

Virginie Magnat is Associate Professor of Performance at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Folk & Traditional
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General