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Current Project

I am currently working on my book, Replay: Repetition and Identity Compulsion from ABBA to Žižek (solicited by Duke University Press). Replay examines the late 20th/early 21st century fascination with the live re-enactment of the past as a form of popular entertainment. Although I reference re-enactments in film and theater, I focus on music, with a special emphasis on popular and jazz music in the United States. A follow-up project to Replay is my work on improvisation and the idea of an "improvisative." The improvisative offers a different model for understanding our relationship to the past, history, and identity than the approach of Replay.

Publications

2012            “The Improvisative,” in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, edited by George Lewis and Ben Piekut. Oxford University Press, forthcoming

2011            “On Improvisation: An Interview with Judith Butler” in Sounding the Body: Improvisation, Representation and Subjectivity edited by Gillian Siddal and Ellen Waterman. Wesleyan University Press, forthcoming.

2011            “People Don’t Get Ready: Improvisation, Democracy, and Hope” in People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz in Now, edited by Ajay Heble and Robert Wallace. Duke University Press, forthcoming.

2011            “Gender.” In Grove Dictionary of American Music, second edition, edited by Charles Hiroshi Garrett. Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

2011            “Brass Bands, Orchestras, and Dance Bands, 1919-1942.” In Encyclopedia of African American Music, edited by Emmett G. Price III, Tammy L. Kernodle, and Horace J. Maxile. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, forthcoming.

2011            “Rhythm n' Blues, 1968-1980.” In Encyclopedia of African American Music, edited by Emmett G. Price III, Tammy L. Kernodle, and Horace J. Maxile. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, forthcoming.

2010             “Subject, Object, Music: John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, and Eastern (Western) Philosophy in Music.” Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études Critiques en Improvisation, Vol. 6 (2) (December 2010).

2008            "Identity for Sale:  Glenn Miller, Wynton Marsalis and Cultural Replay in Music." In Big Ears:  Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies, edited by Nichole Rustin and Sherrie Tucker.  Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.

2008            Sounding Out: Pauline Oliveros and Lesbian Musicality, by Martha Mockus.  In Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études Critiques en Improvisation, Vol. 4 (2) (December 2008).

2006            “Corpo-Realities: Keepin' it Real in ‘Music and Embodiment’ Scholarship.” Current Musicology, No. 82 (Fall 2006), 61-80.