2003  The Cantaoras: Music, Gender and Identity in Flamenco Song. Published by Routledge Press. Volume 7 in  Current Research in Ethnomusicology:Outstanding Dissertations. London and New York

2007 Mujer y Flamenco. Spanish Translation of  The Cantaoras: Music, Gender and Identity in Flamenco Song. Published by Signatura Ediciones, Sevilla Spain

2005  “Anda Jaleo!: Cantaoras in Flamenco Song”.  Chapter in The Mediterranean in Music: Critical Perspectives, Common Concerns, Cultural Differences. Kevin Dawe, Ed. Maryland.Scarecrow Press.

2001   “Gender and Music in Latin America” in The Routledge International Encyclopedia of  Women’s Studies. New York. Routledge Press.

1999 “Flamenco” in  Timothy Rice et al., eds. Garland Encyclopedia of  World Music Volume 8, Europe. New York: Garland Publishing, pp. 596-600.


World of Music 46 2003-04.  Review of Las Cantaoras. Journal of the Department of Ethnomusicology, University of Bamberg, Germany. Reviewed by Bethany Jo Smith.

El Olivo Flamenco. No.155 Mayo/Junio 2008.  Review of Mujer y Flamenco. Spain. José Cenizo.

Reference and Research Book News. Ethnomusicologists and scholars of music and anthropology, all British but for American Loren Chuse, explore the concept and examples of a Mediterranean music, diverse within itself but sharing distinctions from the music of other regions. They look at nation and history, broadcasting and new media, men and women, Mediterranean Music, and traveling the Mediterranean.

The Cantaoras: Music, Gender and Identity in Flamenco Song. Current Research in Ethnomusicology(Outstanding Dissertations)

This book provides an in-depth ethnographic investigation of the greatly underestimated and under appreciated contributions of women singers, the cantaoras, to the creation, transmission and innovation in flamenco song. Situating the study of flamenco in the context of social and political currents that have shaped twentieth-century Spain, and drawing on interviews with the cantaoras themselves, Loren Chuse shows how flamenco is a complex of cultural practices at once musical, physical, verbal and social, involving the expression and negotiation of complex multi-layered identities, including notions of Andalusian, regional, gypsy and gender identity. Chuse shows how women are engaged in the formation of flamenco today, and how they respond to the balance and tensions between tradition and innovation. In so doing, she encourages a deeper appreciation of flamenco and initiates new approaches within ethnomusicology, feminist scholarship, flamenco, gender and popular music studies.

  • Publisher: Routledge (March 28, 2003)
  • Cantaoras: Music, Gender and Identity in Flamenco Song
  • ISBN-0-415-94328-0

mujer-y-flamenco-bookMujer Y Flamenco. Este libro es el resultado de una investigación etnográfica profunda del papel que las cantaoras han desempeñado en el proceso de creación, transmisión e innovación del cante flamenco, desde sus inicios hasta la actualidad. Situado en el contexto de las corrientes sociales y políticas que se sucedieron en el siglo XX español y basado en las entrevistas personales que la autora mantuvo con cantaoras de gran relevancia dentro el panorama nacional, el estudio demuestra cómo el flamenco es un complejo de prácticas culturales, musicales, físicas, verbales y sociales que encierra en sí mismo la expresión y la negociación de múltiples conceptos. Entre ellos, el de andaluz, región, gitano, identidad y género. Con su obra, Loren Chuse se adentra en el camino del análisis de género en las músicas populares y confiere el valor que se merecen a los roles femeninos, larga e injustamente, obviados y subestimados. 

mediaterranean-in-musicThe Mediterranean in Music: Critical Perspectives, Common Concerns, Cultural Difference. 
Book Description: Politically and historically, the Mediterranean has been a space for critical dialogue for competing and often antagonistic voices, and still functions as meeting place for diverse and interdisciplinary approaches. Although other academic disciplines have attempted a unified approach to Mediterranean studies, until recently Mediterranean music as a singular concept has received relatively little scholarly development. This volume is a crucial first step and investigates several musical cultures that have traditionally demonstrated common threads, trends, and interactions. The music of Greece, Crete, Turkey, Albania, Corsica, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Algeria and Palestine are all considered in this volume as the scholars represented here reveal the musical commonality among otherwise divergent traditions. Unnecessary technical jargon is avoided, and an interdisciplinary approach embracing ethnology and material culture considerations makes this volume relevant not only to musicologists and anthropologists, but likewise to the general reader interested in tourism.