Joan Titus

Joan Titus, Associate Professor in Musicology, holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Musicology with concentrations in Film Studies and Russian Studies from the Ohio State University; and a B.A.M. from the University of Arizona in Music History, with a minor in Art History. Her research topics include music and visual media, music and cultural politics, and music and gender. Her most current projects address Shostakovich's scoring for Soviet cinema, women and music in Soviet Russian cinema, and women's musical performance in contemporary Morocco. Dr. Titus' publications focus on the cultural politics of Russian music, Soviet film music, and indigenous music. Her most recent book, The Early Film Music of Dmitry Shostakovich (Oxford University Press, 2016) examines into narration and politics in Dmitry Shostakovich's early film scores, and won an AMS 75 PAYS Publication Subvention. She is currently working on several book projects, including two regarding Shostakovich’s film music career under Stalinism and beyond, and another on the representation and participation of women in music for Soviet cinema. She also has published on transnationalism and music in regard to Southwest Native American dance cultures, and opera and film mediations. Her chapter "Waila as Transnational Practice," in the award-winning Transnational Encounters: Music and Performance at the U.S-Mexico Border (AMS Ruth A. Solie Award; OUP, 2011; Alejandro Madrid, ed.) discusses waila, a Tohono O’odham social-dance music tradition, as a transnational phenomenon. Dr. Titus frequently gives scholarly and invited presentations at conferences in the U.S. and abroad, including the American Musicological Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, Society for American Music, International Musicological Society, and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

There are 1 included publications by Joan Titus :

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Review of The Struggle for Control of Soviet Music from 1932 to 1948: Socialist Realism vs. Western Formalism, by Meri Herrala 2013 326 In her descriptive and lengthy tome, Finnish historian Meri Herrala uses Soviet opera as a lens to examine the nuanced relationships between the Union of Soviet Composers, opera theaters, Muzfond, and other Soviet musical-cultural institutions betwee...