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Enlightenment Orpheus
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Acknowledgments ; List of Illustrations ; Introduction ; I. Argonaut Orpheus ; II. Music's Empire ; III. Anti-Orpheus ; Conclusion ; Notes

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Vanessa Agnew studied music in Australia and is an Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Michigan

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Vanessa Agnew is the first since James Cook to take seriously the Royal Society's emphasis on the importance of playing music to natives as a way of soothing and rendering them receptive to their visitors. She gives detailed descriptions of chants and dances in the voyages of discovery in the South Seas, not just as pastimes and amusements but as deliberate elements of a colonial enterprise. To notice this has been Agnew's first triumph. To consider how native music contributes to a comparative critique of a national standard of music is her second. Thus 'earwitnessing' is conceived of in the same terms as Mary Louise Pratt's eyewitnessing, namely a far from disinterested aesthetic activity that has many colonial jobs to perform. That local musical scales were actually used in systems of racial classification I find a truly astounding fact. Agnew has taken the study of Pacific exploration into new waters. * Jonathan Lamb, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Vanderbilt University *

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