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Reading List - Music and Postcolonial Politics

Music and Postcolonial Politics, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Matthew Pritchard
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue


Bohlman, Philip V, ed. The Cambridge History of World Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. [e-book]

Bohlman, Philip V. World Music: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Born, Georgina and David Hesmondhalgh, eds. Western Music and its Others: Difference, Representation, and Appropriation in Music. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2000.   

Lipsitz, George. Dangerous Crossroads: Popular Music, Postmodernism, and the Poetics of Place. London: Verso, 1994.

Nettl, Bruno. The Western Impact on World Music: Change, Adaptation, and Survival. New York: Schirmer, 1985.

Nettl, Bruno and Ruth Stone, eds. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, 10 vols. New York: Garland, 1998-2002.

Radano, Ronald and Olaniyan Tejumola. Audible Empire: Music, Global Politics, Critique. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2016. [e-book]

Taylor, Timothy D. Beyond Exoticism: Western Music and the World. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007.

Taylor, Timothy D. Global Pop: World Music, World Markets. New York: Routledge, 1997.

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Week 1

 Aimé Cesaire, Discourse on Colonialism, ed. Robin D. G. Kelley (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2000 [1950])  

Shashi Tharoor, Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India (London: Allen Lane, 2008)

Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World (London: Verso, 2001) [available as e-book]

Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Empire (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000)

Priyamvada Gopal, Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent (London: Verso, 2019)

Barbara Bush, Imperialism and Postcolonialism (Harlow: Pearson Longman, 2006) [available as e-book]

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Week 2


Kevin Dawe and Aaron S. Allen, eds, Current Directions in Ecomusicology: Music, Culture, Nature (New York: Routledge, 2016)  

Geoffrey Baker, Imposing Harmony: Music and Society in Colonial Cuzco (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008)

Henry Stobart, Music and the Poetics of Production in the Bolivian Andes (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006)

Gary Tomlinson, The Singing of the New World: Indigenous Voice in the Era of European Contact (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)

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Week 3

W. E. B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches (Chicago: A. C. McClurg, 1903) [available online at]

Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks (London: Pluto, 2008 [1967]) [e-book]  

Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (London: Verso, 1993), esp. chapter 3

Kofi Agawu, Representing African Music: Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions (New York: Routledge, 2003), esp. chapters 3 and 7

Ingrid T. Monson, ed., The African Diaspora: A Musical Perspective (New York: Routledge, 2000)

Philip V. Bohlman and Goffredo Plastino, eds, Jazz Worlds, World Jazz (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016)

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Week 4


Homi K. Bhabha, The Location of Culture (New York: Routledge, 2004) [available as e-book]

Shalini Puri, The Caribbean Postcolonial: Social Equality, Post/Nationalism, and Cultural Hybridity (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)

Robin Cohen and Paola Toninato, The Creolization Reader: Studies in Mixed Identities and Cultures (New York: Routledge, 2010)

Jocelyne Guilbault, Zouk: World Music in the West Indies (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993)

Tina K. Ramnarine, ed., Global Perspectives on Orchestras: Collective Creativity and Social Agency (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017)

 Week 5


Gerry Farrell, Indian Music and the West (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997)

Ian Woodfield, Music of the Raj: A Social and Economic History of Music in Late Eighteenth-Century Anglo-Indian Society (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000)

Nicholas Cook, “Encountering the Other, Redefining the Self: Hindostannie Airs, Haydn’s Folksong Settings and the ‘Common Practice’ Style”, in Martin Clayton and Bennett Zon, eds, Music and Orientalism in the British Empire: 1780s-1940s (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), 13-37

Matthew Pritchard, “Cultural Autonomy and the Indian Exception: Debating the Aesthetics of Indian Classical Music in Early 20th-Century Calcutta” in Reinhard Strohm, ed., Studies On A Global History Of Music: A Balzan Musicology Project (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018)

Jeffrey Richards, Imperialism and Music: Britain 1876-1953 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001)

Nalini Ghuman, Resonances of the Raj: India in the English Musical Imagination, 1897-1947

(New York: Oxford University Press, 2014)

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Week 6


Edward Said, Orientalism (London: Penguin, 2003 [1978])   

Edward Said, “The Empire at Work: Verdi’s Aida”, in Culture and Imperialism (London: Chatto & Windus, 1993), 133-59

Ralph Locke, Music and Exoticism: Images and Reflections (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)

Derek B. Scott, “Orientalism and Musical Style”, in From the Erotic to the Demonic (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003), 155-78 [available as e-book]

Nicholas Tarling, Orientalism and the Operatic World (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015)

Gregory D. Booth, “Musicking the Other: Orientalism in the Hindi Cinema”, in Clayton and Zon, eds, Music and Orientalism in the British Empire: 1780s-1940s, 315-35

Kristin McGee, “Orientalism and Erotic Multiculturalism in Popular Culture: From Princess Rajah to the Pussycat Dolls”, in Music, Sound and the Moving Image 6:2 (2012), 209-38

Julie Brown, ed., Western Music and Race (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007)

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Week 10


Paul Gilroy, There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation (London: Routledge, 2002) [available as e-book]

Afua Hirsch, Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging (London: Vintage, 2018)

Akala, Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire (London: Two Roads, 2018)

Rehan Hyder, Brimful of Asia: Negotiating Ethnicity on the UK Music Scene (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004)

Sheila Whiteley, “British Popular Music, Popular Culture and Exclusivity”, in Michael Higgins et al., eds, The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 262-78 [available as e-book]

Matthew Pritchard, “The Kinks, or a Redefinition of English National Identity”, in Rosalind Crone et al, eds, New Perspectives in British Cultural History (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007), 266-74

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Week 11

Bruce Ziff and Pratima Rao, Borrowed Power: Essays on Cultural Appropriation (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1997)   

James O. Young, Cultural Appropriation and the Arts (Oxford: Blackwell, 2008)

Greg Tate, Everything But the Burden: What White People are Taking from Black Culture (New York: Harlem Moon, 2003)

Steven Feld, “The Poetics and Politics of Pygmy Pop”, in Born and Hesmondhalgh, eds, Western Music and its Others, 254-79

Jason Rodriquez, “Color-Blind Ideology and the Cultural Appropriation of Hip-Hop”, in Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 35:6 (2006), 645-68

Tony Mitchell, Global Noise: Rap and Hip-Hop Outside the USA (Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2011)

Dipannita Basu and Sidney J. Lemelle, eds, The Vinyl Ain’t Final: Hip Hop and the Globalization of Black Popular Culture (London: Pluto, 2006)

This list was last updated on 18/01/2022