By Ruth HaCohen
This deeply innovative and wide-ranging publication exhibits how, because the first centuries of the Christian period, gentiles have linked Jews with noise. Ruth HaCohen focuses her examine on a “musical libel"—a version at the ardour tale that recurs in a variety of types and cultures within which an blameless Christian boy is killed by means of a Jew so that it will silence his “harmonious musicality.” In paying shut consciousness to how and the place this libel surfaces, HaCohen covers a large swath of western cultural historical past, exhibiting how entrenched aesthetic-theological assumptions have again and again outlined eu tradition and its inner ethical and political orientations.
Ruth HaCohen combines in her accomplished research the views of musicology, literary criticism, philosophy, psychology, and anthropology, tracing the tensions among Jewish “noise" and idealized Christian “harmony” and their creative manifestations from the excessive heart a long time via Nazi Germany and past. She concludes her booklet with a passionate and relocating argument for humanizing modern soundspaces.
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The Music Libel Against the Jews: Vocal Fictions of Noise and Harmony by Ruth HaCohen