Lady Gaga and Popular Music
Performing Gender, Fashion, and Culture
Edited by Martin Iddon, Melanie L. Marshall
Routledge – 2014 – 302 pages
This book is a multi-faceted, interdisciplinary examination of the music and figure of Lady Gaga, combining approaches from scholars in cultural studies, art, fashion, and music. It represents one of the first scholarly volumes 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 a self-consciously 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 debates on the status of intertextuality, held in tension with originality, and to debates on the figuring of the sexualized female body, and representations of disability. There is interest in these issues from a wide range of disciplines: popular musicology, film studies, queer studies, women’s studies, gender studies, disability studies, popular culture studies, and the burgeoning sub-discipline of aesthetics and philosophy of fashion.
"The 12 essays in the volume demonstrate not only that Lady Gaga’s work can be read in a number of different ways, but that there are many aspects of her music, persona, and cultural impact worth examining. Essays in the volume also do an excellent job of situating Gaga in a variety of cultural contexts…[they] work together to form a complete, nuanced look at not only Gaga’s music, performances, and videos, but her role in popular culture…the volume provides scholars hoping to better understand Gaga’s place in popular culture with a rich collection of essays to draw from." --Molly Brost, University of Southern Indiana, Popular Music and Society
Introduction Part I. Gaga's Contexts 1. 'I'l bring you down, down, down': Lady Gaga's performance in 'Judas' Stan Hawkins 2. Not a Piece of Meat: Lady Gaga and that Dress. Has Radical Feminism Survived the Journey? Lucy O'Brien 3. Her Own Real Thing: Lady Gaga and the Haus of Fashion Sally Gray and Anusha Rutnam 4. Who’s calling? Telephone songs, Female Vocal Empowerment, and Signification Lisa Colton 5. Lady Gaga and the Drop: Eroticism High and Low Paul Hegarty 6. Celebrity without Organs Craig N. Owens Part II. Gaga and Representaion 7. Celebrity, Spectacle and Surveillance: Understanding Lady Gaga’s ‘Paparazzi’ and ‘Telephone’ through Music, Image, and Movement Lori Burns and Marc LaFrance 8. Storytelling on the Ledge: ‘Telephone’ and ‘Paparazzi’ Carol Vernallis 9. Television Gaga: Lady Gaga, Glee, and Popular Music's Place on the Small Screen Simon Warner 10. Starstruck: On Gaga, Voice, and Disability Alexandra Apolloni 11. Trans/Affect: Monstrous Masculinities and the Sublime Art of Lady Gaga Theresa L. Geller 12. Consuming Gaga Melanie L. Marshall Supplement Martin Iddon
Martin Iddon is Professor of Music and Aesthetics and Head of School at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
Melanie L. Marshall is a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow, a visiting scholar at New York University, USA, and a musicologist at University College Cork, Ireland.