Mismatched Women : The Siren's Song Through the Machine Paperback / softback
by Jennifer (Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communication Studies, Ursinus Colle Fleeger
Part of the Oxford Music/Media Series series
In 2009, Susan Boyle's debut roused Simon Cowell from his grumbling slumber on the television show "Britain's Got Talent" and viewers across the world rallied to the side of the unemployed, older woman with the voice of a trained Broadway star.
In Mismatched Women, author Jennifer Fleeger argues that the shock produced when Boyle began to sing belies cultural assumptions about how particular female bodies are supposed to sound.
Boyle is not an anomaly, butinstead belongs to a lineage of women whose voices do not "match" their bodies by conventional expectations, from George Du Maurier's literary Trilby to Metropolitan Opera singer Marion Talley, from Snow White and Sleeping Beauty to Kate Smith and Deanna Durbin.
Mismatched Women tells a new story about female representation in film by theorizing a figure regularly dismissed as an aberration.
The mismatched woman is a stumbling block for both sound and feminist theory, argues Fleeger, because she has been synchronized yet seems to have been put together incorrectly, as if her body could not possibly house the voice that the camera insists belongs to her.
Fleeger broadens the traditionally cinematic context of feminist psychoanalytic film theoryto account for literary, animated, televisual, and virtual influences. This approach bridges gaps between disciplinary frameworks, showing that studies of literature, film, media, opera, and popular music pose common questions about authenticity, vocal and visual realism, circulation, and reproduction.
Thebook analyzes the importance of the mismatched female voice in historical debates over the emergence of new media and unravels the complexity of female representation in moments of technological change.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 264 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
- Publication Date: 11/09/2014
- Category: Theory of art
- ISBN: 9780199936915