Variations on a Theme: Reclaiming Feminine Agency with Tori Amos's <italic>Night of Hunters</italic>

dc.contributor.advisor Miyakawa, Felicia en_US McLeland, Kara en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Shearon, Stephen en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Helford, Elyce en_US
dc.contributor.department Music en_US 2014-06-02T18:44:40Z 2014-06-02T18:44:40Z 2013-03-28 en_US
dc.description.abstract For several decades music scholars have criticized the Western classical music canon for its failure to represent authentic female voices. This thesis demonstrates how Tori Amos's album <italic>Night of Hunters</italic> is an important work in reclaiming feminine agency in the canon. As a twenty-first century song cycle, <italic>Night of Hunters</italic> is a twofold variation on a theme. Literally, the album is based on existing pieces written by canonical composers. Figuratively, the album serves as a variation on the long-standing theme of masculine dominance in the canon. Amos establishes feminine agency in this album in very strategic ways: by drawing from subversive models, through the construction of matriarchal lineages and overt invocations of feminine spirituality and mythology, and with the practice of musical borrowing. Drawing on interdisciplinary feminist scholarship, this thesis considers <italic>Night of Hunters</italic> as a significant work in the ongoing negotiation of feminine agency in the Western classical musical canon. en_US M.A. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Canon en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject Music en_US
dc.subject Night of Hunters en_US
dc.subject Tori Amos en_US
dc.subject Women en_US
dc.subject.umi Music en_US
dc.subject.umi Women's studies en_US
dc.subject.umi Gender studies en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title Variations on a Theme: Reclaiming Feminine Agency with Tori Amos's <italic>Night of Hunters</italic> en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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