Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6¼ x 9⅜
978-1-4422-6707-7 • Hardback • August 2016 • $130.00 • (£100.00)
978-1-4422-6708-4 • eBook • August 2016 • $123.00 • (£90.00)
Margaret Beissinger teaches in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. Her research and writing focuses on Balkan cultures and oral traditions, oral epic, and Romani traditional culture and music-making, with an emphasis on southern Romania, where she has undertaken extensive fieldwork both before and after the 1989 revolution, especially among Romani musicians.
Speranţa Rădulescu is an ethnomusicologist at the Peasant Museum in Bucharest and associate professor at the National University of Music–Bucharest. A specialist on lăutar music, she is author of numerous books and articles and supervises the Ethnophonie series (twenty-five CDs so far) that features traditional musics of Romania.
Anca Giurchescu was a dance researcher at the Institute of Ethnography and Folklore, Bucharest, for 25 years, settling in Denmark and continuing her research with the Danish National Council for Humanities and the Danish Folklore Archives in Copenhagen. She founded the theory and method of structural analysis for traditional dance.
Chapter 1: “Music, Dance, Performance: A Descriptive Analysis of Manele”
Speranţa Rădulescu and Anca Giurchescu
Chapter 2: “A History of the Manea: The 19th to the Mid-20th Century”
Chapter 3: “Actors and Performance”
Anca Giurchescu and Speranţa Rădulescu
Chapter 4: “How the Music of Manele is Structured”
Chapter 5: “Village Manele: An Urban Genre in Rural Romania”
Chapter 6: “Manele and Regional Parallels: Ethnopop in the Balkans”
Chapter 7:“Manele and the Underworld”
Chapter 8: “‘Boyar in the Helicopter’: Power, Parody, and Carnival in Manea Performances”
Chapter 9: “Turbo-Authenticity: An Essay about ‘Manelism’”
This extraordinary book has a high applicability both among scholars from various disciplines and the wider public of those who want to achieve a greater understanding of the turbulent social reality Southeastern countries are struggling with. — Folkloristika
The richness of grounded knowledge throughout Manele in Romania would distinguish a single-author work in popular and folk music studies, let alone an edited volume.— Slavic Review
To my knowledge, this well-researched book is the very first volume of essays written in English on the subject of the musical genre of manele. . . The fieldwork completed for the volume has resulted in a diverse collection of material . . . . Manele in Romania: Cultural Expression and Meaning in Balkan Popular Music is recommended for scholars, students, and readers interested in music, history, ethnic, social, and political studies of Romania and the Balkans. The website [http://www.manele-in-romania.ro/] is a convenient source for both a classroom setting and personal use.— Slavic and East European Journal