Gray, Lila Ellen. Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2013.

  • Kimberly DaCosta Holton Rutgers University-Newark


Lila Ellen Gray’s Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life has the feel of a magnum opus. Ambitious in its breadth, it is clear from the get-go that this study is no small undertaking. Indeed, this is the first full-length ethnography of Portuguese fado published in English. Gray does not hedge by underpromising, and by the final afterword following six meticulously researched and theorized chapters, she has delivered a major contribution to fado scholarship.

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