Disruptive Divas: Feminism, Identity and Popular Music [NOOK Book]

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Four "disruptive divas" -- Tori Amos, Courtney Love, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, and P.J. Harvey -- have expanded and upset the boundaries of "acceptable" female musicianship. By challenging our sense of what a female pop musician ought to be, they disrupt a dominant discourse that includes particular ideas of femininity, sexuality, desire, and the social relations of domination and subordination. Taking these women, their music, and their personae as exemplars of subversive elements within the pop culture milieu, Lori...
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Disruptive Divas: Feminism, Identity and Popular Music

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Overview

Four "disruptive divas" -- Tori Amos, Courtney Love, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, and P.J. Harvey -- have expanded and upset the boundaries of "acceptable" female musicianship. By challenging our sense of what a female pop musician ought to be, they disrupt a dominant discourse that includes particular ideas of femininity, sexuality, desire, and the social relations of domination and subordination. Taking these women, their music, and their personae as exemplars of subversive elements within the pop culture milieu, Lori Burns and Melisse Lafrance examine a collection of their songs from both cultural and musicological perspectives to discover how a woman/musician/icon can disturb the very logic of her own popularity. The result, disruptive divas, is a remarkably engaging look at how these musicians challenge and overturn a host of conceptions about female identity through the medium of pop stardom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135698812
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 238
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

General Introduction
Acknowledgments
Preface
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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