Disruptive Divas: Feminism,Identity and Popular Music

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Disruptive Divas focuses on four female musicians: Tori Amos, Courtney Love, Me'Shell Ndegéocello and P. J. Harvey who have marked contemporary popular culture in unexpected ways have impelled and disturbed the boundaries of "acceptable" female musicianship.

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Meet the Author

Lori Burns is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Ottawa. MĂ©lisse Lafrance is a doctoral candidate in French Studies at the University of Oxford.

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Table of Contents

General Introduction
1 A Cultural Studies Approach to Women and Popular Music 1
2 "Close Readings" of Popular Song: Intersections among Sociocultural, Musical, and Lyrical Meanings 31
3 Tori Amos, "Crucify" (1991) 63
The Problems of Agency and Resistance in Tori Amos's "Crucify" 63
Musical Agency: Strategies of Containment and Resistance in "Crucify" 73
4 Courtney Love (Hole), Live through This (1994) 97
Cultures of Injury: Courtney Love on Violence against Women and the Patriarchal Aesthetic 97
Musical Force: Violence and Resistance in "Violet" 122
5 Me'Shell Ndegeocello, "Mary Magdalene" (1996) 133
Textual Subversions: The Narrative Sabotage of Race, Gender, and Desire in the Music of Me'Shell Ndegeocello 133
Revising the Sexual "Gaze": Musical Attributions of Power in "Mary Magdalene" 147
6 P. J. Harvey, Is This Desire? (1998) 169
Terrains of Trouble: P. J. Harvey and the Topography of Desire 169
The Crafting of Desire: Musical Voice and Musical Embodiment 187
App. 1: Song Lyrics 213
App. 2 Reductive Analysis: Notation Terminology 223
Notes 225
Bibliography 235
Index 251
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