, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 105-126

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Kierkegaard, musical performance, and the relation and differentiation of the sexes

  • Yaroslav SenyshynAffiliated withFaculty of Education, Simon Fraser University

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This paper is a critical evaluation of what is believed by the author to be Kierkegaard's subjective, ambivalent, and arbitrary stereotyping of women. In particular, the paper examines the Kierkegaardian notion of equality, essential feminine characteristics, and finitude. The result is an attempt to apply Kierkegaard's ideas to those issues pertaining to inequality in musical performance; as well, a plea is made for the demystification of the notion of woman as whore or Madonna.


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