Award for Fleeger Book on ‘Mismatched’ Female Voices

A Media and Communications Studies professor has won an ASCAP award for outstanding work on a book about a recorded sound era phenomenon.

Jennifer Fleeger was honored for her book , Mismatched Women: The Siren’s Song Through Machine, published by Oxford University Press, with a prestigious ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award for outstanding work.

She and other ASCAP winners will be honored Nov. 17 at a ceremony in New York. The awards were established in 1967 to honor the memory of composer, critic and commentator Deems Taylor, and last year the name of composer Virgil Thomson was added. The organization, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, supports American music creators through music education.

Fleeger’s book, published last July, explores the phenomenon of the “mismatched woman,” an influential but seldom discussed figure in the era of recorded sound. The book’s examples and theories behind how a female voice belies an expected body type, challenging gender stereotypes.

Fleeger, an assistant professor, teaches courses in the film studies program. Her first book, Sounding American: Hollywood, Opera, and Jazz, is also part of Oxford’s Music/Media Series.