Music and Blasphemy Hardback

Sympathy with the Devil

by Sylvia Watts;

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Music and Blasphemy

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Music has always had links with the supernatural in all its forms, and is therefore often an important part of religious practice. However, it can also function as part of sacrilegious acts. This book asks whether music can be inherently blasphemous. Not only alongside religiously offensive images and words, but on its own terms. The book begins with the different ways in which we represent the world and how music combines these to undermine our established categories of definition. It also examines the roots of blasphemy as a concept and its links with the bans on images that have occurred in several varieties of religion. In the final part of the book Watts argues that as a result of developing technology and the amount of noise, in every sense, that it produces, there is an increased danger of control by forces we do not understand. However, this technology also allows new sounds to be heard, becoming the catalyst for change. Thus, the Devil's music can in fact become a force for good. Using a variety of theorists from Zizek, Adorno and Attali to Hegarty, Reynolds and Toop, this book has devloped a new way of looking at the religious significance of music itself.
As such, it will be fascinating reading for academics and students with an interest in Religious Studies, Music, Philosophy and Cultural Studies.

Music and Blasphemy by Sylvia Watts was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in January 2017. The ISBN for Music and Blasphemy is 9781138242968.

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Details for Music and Blasphemy

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (January 2017)
Number of Pages256
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4452014
Page last updated 19th October 2017
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