Lady Gaga and Popular Music
Performing Gender, Fashion, and Culture
Edited by Martin Iddon, Melanie Marshall
To Be Published September 15th 2013 by Routledge – 256 pages
This book is a multi-faceted, interdisciplinary examination of the music and figure of Lady Gaga, combining approaches from scholars in cultural studies, dance, fashion, and music. It represents one of the first scholarly volume devoted to Lady Gaga, who has become, over a few short years, central to both popular (and, indeed, populist) as well as more scholarly thought in these areas and who, the contributors argue, is helping to shape—directly and indirectly—thought and culture both in the fields of the "scholarly" and the "everyday." Lady Gaga's output is firmly embedded in an intellectual pop culture tradition, and her music videos are intertextually linked to icons of pop culture intelligentsia like Alfred Hitchcock and open to multiple interpretations. In examining her music and figure, this volume contributes both to pop cultural debates on the status of intertextuality, held in tension with originality, and to debates in women’s and gender studies on the figuring of the sexualized female body. In academic terms, there is interest in these issues from a wide range of disciplines: popular musicology, to be sure, but also film studies, queer studies, scholars of popular culture more broadly, and the burgeoning sub-discipline of aesthetics, philosophy of fashion. This book engages with a variety of approaches, from those considering principally the immanent trace of music’s sounding surface, through those examining how sound and imagery interact, to considerations of various forms of musical reception.
1. She's so Starstruck: On Disability and Celebrity in Gaga's Vocal and Visual Performances Alexandra Apolloni 2. Who’s Calling? Telephone Songs, Female Vocal Empowerment, and Signification, c. 1970–2010 Lisa Colton 3. Lady Gaga and the Circulation of Dancing Economies Sherill Dodds 4. Trans/Affect, Monstrous Masculinities, and the Sublime Art of Lady Gaga Theresa L. Geller and Adrian Khactu 5. Seams and the Unseemly: The Real Queer World of Lady Gaga Sally Gray 6. Lady Gaga and the Drop Paul Hegarty 7. Being Poker-faced, Revealing Nothing: Gaga and Truth Martin Iddon 8. Gaga’s Whiteness Melanie L. Marshall 9. Not A Piece of Meat: Lady Gaga and That Dress 9. Has Radical Feminism Survived the Journey? Lucy O’Brien 10. Celebrity without Organs Craig N. Owens 11. "Telephone’s" New Media Aesthetic Carol Vernallis 12. ‘Television Gaga: Glee, Gleeks and the New Global Glamocracy Simon Warner
Martin Iddon is Senior Lecturer in Composition and Critical Musicology at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
Melanie L. Marshall is Lecturer in Music at the University College Cork, Ireland.