Part III: World Music: East Is West

  • Jennifer Linhart Wood
Part of the New Transculturalisms, 1400–1800 book series (NETRANS)


Coined in the latter half of the twentieth century, “World Music” has become a catch-all phrase to label music of various “exotic” cultures. At its most expansive, “World Music” can encompass all different types of music from across the globe, now electronically and commercially available through digital technologies. Part III argues that certain moments of sounding otherness result in the collapsing of “East” and “West” into one another as vibration blurs a clear demarcation between these binarized and supposedly opposing terms. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Shakespeare’s Tempest, explored in the first chapter of this final section. The Coda discusses the lute as an instrumental actor in networks spanning the early modern globe.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Linhart Wood
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    • 2
  1. 1.St. Mary’s College of MarylandSaint Mary’s CityUSA
  2. 2.The Folger Shakespeare LibraryWashington, DCUSA

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