Wednesday, December 01, 2004


When we were talking about song in class yesterday, I wanted to share this idea I had come across in my research for my medieval paper.
"Bloch further argued that ritual speech, and especially song, do not explain anything and are not logical in nature. Hence, ritual studies that emphasize meaning, even according to Durkheimian explanations of one's place within social structure, fail to grasp the nature of ritual: 'You cannot argue with a song.' Within the ritual context, one can only sing or refuse to sing a song [this idea fit with someone's annoyance with song]."
From "Background: An Introduction to Performance Studies" by Mary Suydam in Performance and Transformation