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Refiguring American Music

The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music

Licia Fiol-Matta
Licia Fiol-Matta

Licia Fiol-Matta teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. She is the author of A Queer Mother for the Nation: The State and Gabriela Mistral.

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Introduction: I Am Nothing

January 2017

The introduction presents the methodology of the book, which centers on psychoanalytic approaches to voice as part object and listening as distracted or wavering. This translates into a study that is not musicological or biographical but oriented, rather, to the Lacanian future perfect or Agambenian arkhé, emphasizing the unending and unpredictable interplay between the past and the present. The introduction explains the archive used in the book and provides a background of music in colonialism, which twentieth-century Puerto Rico illustrates in a gripping way.

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