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Listening to Anohni's variously vibrating voice: studying transfeminine vocality in 21st-century popular music culture through the concept of vocal figurations
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1505-4357
2023 (English)In: Popular Music, ISSN 0261-1430, E-ISSN 1474-0095, Vol. 42, no 1, p. 59-78Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the work and reception of singer-songwriter Anohni to investigate sonic and discursive negotiations of transfeminine vocality in 21st-century popular music culture. Developing Haraway's concept of feminist figurations, it introduces the concept of vocal figurations, which articulates a performative, relational and multiply mediated understanding of voice, wherein gendered voice takes shape through processes of voicing and listening. I initially examine Anohni's reception to analyse how biologist, trans-exclusionary and othering discourses surrounding voice and gender inform emergent discourses of transfeminine voices in the first decades of the 21st century. Subsequently, I build on trans and queer theorisations of voice and listening to engage Anohni's variably vibrating voice as a vocal figuration that may challenge biologist and marginalising constructions of transfeminine vocality. I suggest that it may attune us to recognise all gendered voices as thoroughly situated yet changeable configurations of sounding voices, bodies, and subjects.

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Cambridge University Press, 2023. Vol. 42, no 1, p. 59-78
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Musicology Gender Studies
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Critical and Cultural Theory; Critical and Cultural Theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51479DOI: 10.1017/S0261143023000107ISI: 000969405200001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85162138486OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-51479DiVA, id: diva2:1756592
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Available from: 2023-05-12 Created: 2023-05-12 Last updated: 2024-01-08Bibliographically approved

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