Music Video and the Politics of Representation

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How can we engage critically with music video and its role in popular culture? What do contemporary music videos have to tell us about patterns of cultural identity today? Based around an eclectic series of vivid case studies, this fresh and timely examination is an entertaining and enlightening analysis of the forms, pleasures, and politics that music videos offer. In rethinking some classic approaches from film studies and popular music studies and connecting them with new debates about the current 'state' of ...

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Overview

How can we engage critically with music video and its role in popular culture? What do contemporary music videos have to tell us about patterns of cultural identity today? Based around an eclectic series of vivid case studies, this fresh and timely examination is an entertaining and enlightening analysis of the forms, pleasures, and politics that music videos offer. In rethinking some classic approaches from film studies and popular music studies and connecting them with new debates about the current 'state' of feminism and feminist theory, Railton and Watson show why and how we should be studying music videos in the twenty-first century.Through its thorough overview of the music video as a visual medium, this is an ideal textbook for Media Studies students and all those with an interest in popular music and cultural studies.

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Carol Vernallis

Music Video and the Politics of Representation provides an essential contribution to the literature, offering new ways of thinking about narrative, genre, representation and form. Especially valuable are its case studies, which consider videos that share musical styles or mode of address: here music video's oddness comes forward, its unexpected, shifting and quirky meanings. This book is an important addition that will help initiate a renaissance of scholarship on the genre.

Carol Vernallis, author of Experiencing Music Video

Carol Vernallis
Music Video and the Politics of Representation provides an essential contribution to the literature, offering new ways of thinking about narrative, genre, representation and form. Especially valuable are its case studies, which consider videos that share musical styles or mode of address: here music video's oddness comes forward, its unexpected, shifting and quirky meanings. This book is an important addition that will help initiate a renaissance of scholarship on the genre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748633234
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Series: Music and the Moving Image Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Railton is Senior Lecturer in English Studies at the Teesside University.

Paul Watson is Principal Lecturer in English Studies at the Teesside University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction: The Kleenexes of Popular Culture? 1

Part I Towards A Critical Vocabulary

1 Situating Music Video: Between Feminism and Popular Culture 17

2 Genre and Music Video: Configurations and Functions 41

3 Making it Real: Authorship and Authenticity 66

Part II Sexed, Raced And Gendered Identity In Music Video

4 Music Video in Black and White: Race and Femininity 87

5 That Latin(a) Look: Performing Ethnicity 108

6 Masculinity and the Absent Presence of the Male Body 122

Afterword: Music Video Goes Gaga 141

Bibliography 150

Index 166

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