The Cultural and Gender Politics of Enunciation

Locating the Singer-Songwriter within and beyond Male Anglo-American Contexts

Authors

  • Duncan Wheeler University of Leeds
  • Lucy O'Brien University for the Creative Arts at Epsom

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jwpm.v1i2.21364

Keywords:

Lucy O’Brien, singer-wongwriter, Europe, sexism, gender

Abstract

This conversation between Lucy O’Brien and Duncan Wheeler seeks to establish a dialogue between musicologists and modern-language specialists to interrogate how their respective disciplinary and biographical questions might address a series of overarching themes and questions—sexism and gender-inflected ageism in the music industry; reclaiming silenced female and non Anglophone singer songwriters; the complex and frequently contradictory interrelationships between sex, art and commerce—in order to undertake a common endeavour: decentring a canon that remains disproportionately Anglo American and male.

Author Biography

Lucy O'Brien, University for the Creative Arts at Epsom

Lucy O’Brien is Senior Lecturer in Music & Lifestyle Journalism in the School of Fashion at the University for the Creative Arts. Her specialist areas of research are gender; popular music theory; history and identity; subcultures, particularly punk, hip hop and soul; music and media; fan culture; stars and audiences. She has worked as a journalist/broadcaster for 25 years; her publications include She Bop: The History of Women in Popular Music (now in its third edition), and the in-depth biography Madonna: Like an Icon, which was translated into 13 languages.

Published

2015-03-04

How to Cite

Wheeler, D., & O’Brien, L. (2015). The Cultural and Gender Politics of Enunciation: Locating the Singer-Songwriter within and beyond Male Anglo-American Contexts. Journal of World Popular Music, 1(2), 228–248. https://doi.org/10.1558/jwpm.v1i2.21364

Issue

Section

Singing, Songwriting and Gender