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The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema

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This volume focuses on the singing voice in contemporary cinema and considers different contextual formations of singing and how they contribute to narrative, emotional affect and cultural sensitivities.

The singing voice is arguably the most expressive of all musical instruments. This volume celebrates the ways in which singing features in film. This includes the singing voice as healer, as motivator, as entertainer, and as comedic interlude. Whether the singing voice in film is personally expressive, reflexive and distant, or synchronized for entertainment, there is typically interplay between the voice and visual elements. Extending beyond the body of literature on ‘the musical’, the volume is not about musicals per se. Rather, The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema discusses the singing voice as a distinct agent that focuses on identity and identification. This book explores the relationship between screen, singing, singer and song; it celebrates the intersection of the singing voice and popular culture. In doing so, the volume will cross multiple disciplines including vocal studies, film studies, film sound studies, and music production (vocal processing).

Published: Nov 24, 2020

Book Contributors


Section Chapter Authors
Chapter 1
The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema Diane Hughes, Mark Evans
Chapter 2
Singing, Sonic Authenticity and Stardom in Dancer in the Dark Nessa Johnston
Chapter 3
Find Your Voice: Narratives of Women’s Voice Loss in American Cinema Katherine Meizel
Chapter 4
Singing a Life in Bondage: Black Vocality and Subjectivity in 12 Years a Slave Gianpaolo Chiriacò
Chapter 5
Ghost Singers: The Singing Voice in Korean Pop Cinema Sarah Keith, Alex Mesker
Chapter 6
Voices of Sheila: Resignification in Filmic and Non-filmic Contexts Nina Menezes
Chapter 7
Before #MeToo: Hearing Vulnerability Diane Hughes, Mark Evans
Chapter 8
Trailer Trash or Inspired Vocality? Song as Promotion and Aesthetic Object in Cinematic Previews James Deaville, Agnes Malkinson
Chapter 9
'You’ve Got a Friend in Me': Singing Voices in the Toy Story Films Natalie Lewandowski, Penny Spirou
Chapter 10
The Singing Voice and its Use to Evoke Unease, Discomfort and Violence Liz Giuffre, Mark Thorley
Chapter 11
The Female Singing Voice: Gospel, Blues, Epic Stories and Animation Anne Power
Chapter 12
From Despicable to Happy: Animated Vocality in the Evolution of Felonius Gru Veronica Stewart, Diane Hughes
End Matter
Index Diane Hughes, Mark Evans