The singing voice in contemporary cinema

Diane Hughes (Editor), Mark Evans (Editor)

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This volume focuses on the singing voice in contemporary cinema and considers different contextual formations of singing and how they contribute to narrative, emotional affect and cultural sensitivities.

The singing voice is arguably the most expressive of all musical instruments. This volume celebrates the ways in which singing features in film. This includes the singing voice as healer, as motivator, as entertainer, and as comedic interlude. Whether the singing voice in film is personally expressive, reflexive and distant, or synchronized for entertainment, there is typically interplay between the voice and visual elements. Extending beyond the body of literature on ‘the musical’, the volume is not about musicals per se. Rather, The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema discusses the singing voice as a distinct agent that focuses on identity and identification. This book explores the relationship between screen, singing, singer and song; it celebrates the intersection of the singing voice and popular culture. In doing so, the volume will cross multiple disciplines including vocal studies, film studies, film sound studies, and music production (vocal processing).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSouth Yorkshire
PublisherEquinox Publishing
Number of pages232
ISBN (Electronic)9781781797389
ISBN (Print)9781781794456, 9781781791127
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • singing
  • music
  • song
  • film


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