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Of Strange Births and Comic Kin

Martha Feldman

in The Castrato: Reflections on Natures and Kinds

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520279490
eISBN:
9780520962033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520279490.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Explanations for castration have long puzzled scholars of castrato singers. chapter 1 takes narratives of castration to be cultural gestures that move their protagonists from budding hubris to ... More


The Man Who Pretended to Be Who He Was: A Tale of Reproduction

Martha Feldman

in The Castrato: Reflections on Natures and Kinds

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520279490
eISBN:
9780520962033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520279490.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Chapter 2 explores the symbolic stakes in chapter 1 by examining real-life claims of generation, often male-to-male, as manifest in operatic stagings and contests (on stage and off), the fashioning ... More


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